Do things seem too much right now? Are feelings of fear and anxiety taking up headspace you wish they weren't?
At times, life may challenge us and leave us questioning ourselves and the circumstances that have brought us to this very place and situation. We may feel confused by the many emotions such challenges generate. Sometimes the reasons for these emotions are clear, but sometimes it is not always so easy to identify why we are so affected by something others may find so easy.
There are many reasons a person may seek counselling. Trying to navigate your way through life can cause confusion and emotions that become too much. A situation that was manageable before, can seem unmanageable when other incidents, added on top, generate further feelings of worry and uncertainty. Our deeper emotion can be masked by other emotions. Perhaps your thoughts are going round and round and you are questioning what you are getting from life at the moment?
Some people look to counselling to simply understand themselves better and improve their way of being.
The idea of therapy may seem daunting. We ask ourselves “can I trust someone with this?” maybe questioning “what will they think?” Or perhaps you’re at your wits end - you really need some space, and feel - “I need to talk to someone!” It takes great courage to admit this to yourself and reach out another person, and you deserve credit for taking that first step.
I value uniqueness, trust, truth and honesty, and having faith in yourself despite what others say. I believe it's ok to speak our truth and indeed, it’s important to be heard. I believe we all have the power to heal ourselves and that instinctively we know what is right for us. My role as a therapist is to work together, with you, to explore how you feel about what has brought you to this point, and how you can get to where you want to be. I don’t offer advice, I do offer you the support you need to give you breathing space and work out a better way. I believe we are all connected in some way and that impossible things are possible.
We may have learnt to deal with life in a certain way, however it is within our power to choose how we respond to situations and relationships - personal and professional. I invite you to look at your thinking patterns and how these affect your wellbeing.
I am a qualified, non-judgemental, Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor and I recognise that different people benefit from different approaches. I work primarily using a Humanistic approach with Person Centred, as well as Psychodynamic therapy. I am also a mixed race/culture therapist, my work on accepting my own identity has enabled me to truly appreciate every person’s uniqueness and their own view of their world. Whatever it is you are dealing with, I offer a safe space for you to explore what is bothering you.
I practice the BACP code of ethics, and I promise: to hear you, to respect you, and to work with you with your best interests at heart.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Dip. Therapeutic Counselling , I am a registered member MBACP and practice the BACP code of ethics. I work from different theoretical perspectives and combine different approaches depending on what works best for you. I hold a certificate in Mindfulness, and a certificate in Clinical Hypnotherapy. I am currently undertaking a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy. I am trained in Sand tray Therapy and undertake regular training to improve my practice and the work I do with you.
As well as working in private practice, I have worked in a bereavement agency for 3 years, and with young people at a secondary school for three years.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £50 per session, with some limited sessions available for concessions at £35, depending on circumstance.