I use an integrative range of counselling techniques depending on what I feel my client needs. This can often change and develop as different needs arise for each client - I very much view each as an individual and tailor my approach accordingly. My initial training was in person-centred and gestalt therapy but I have added to my range of skills with a variety of continued training and development over the years. As a result, my methods are an eclectic mixture, but always grounded in my roots with a person-centred approach.
I offer home visits or have a room available that I can hire in Rowlands Gill. I have also used rooms in other venues as appropriate for each client.
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Training, qualifications & experience
My initial training was in person-centred and gestalt therapy (resulting in a BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling), but I have added to my range of skills with a variety of continued training and development over the years. I have completed training in Autism and Asperger Awareness and recently completed a course in Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling.
My counselling experience covers a range of clients: I have worked with adults, children and young people; I have a particular interest in autism and have had clients on the spectrum; with experience of being a carer myself, I have also worked with many clients dealing with issues related to being a carer (particularly identity, loss and guilt); I worked with Place2Be as a volunteer, using play therapy techniques with primary-aged children and have experience with teenagers as a foster-carer and counsellor in private practice.
I am a member and committee member of Newcastle Counselling Association and regularly take part in Continuing Professional Development sessions on a variety of topics.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
My current fees are £40 per session (standard 50 minutes), plus any additional room hire fees as required.
Home visits requiring travel in excess of 20 minutes may incur an additional fee - this will be discussed and agreed prior to the session.
Following my experience of Humanima’s Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling course, I am hoping to introduce therapy dogs as an option in my counselling practice in the future. I have two Sprocker puppies called Luna and Tonks. They are very young as yet, but showing early indications of having beautiful temperaments and I hope they will be wonderful therapy dogs. Watch this space for further information!
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer home visits, or sessions at venues agreed with each client, so accessibility is tailored to each individual client’s needs.
I am very flexible. I can often schedule evening or weekend appointments if needed - just ask and I’ll see what I can do.
Types of client