I am a fully qualified and experienced psychodynamic and embodied counsellor. I offer open-ended and time-limited counselling, both in-person and online.
People take the step to seek counselling for many reasons. Perhaps you are experiencing feelings of anxiety, overwhelm or depression. You may be facing a dilemma, feeling stuck or lacking a sense of purpose or direction in life. Often people will come because they are struggling with relationship or family issues that feel hard to resolve. A traumatic event, loss or life-stage crisis might lead you to look for professional support.
I understand that it is natural to feel apprehensive or anxious about taking the step to seek counselling support. Whatever you are facing, I provide a confidential, safe and non-judgemental space within which to explore your feelings and thoughts. This gives you the opportunity to reflect and gain greater awareness of yourself and your situation within the context of a supportive therapeutic relationship.
My approach is psychodynamic which means that the counselling relationship forms an important part of our work together. Early experiences help to shape who we are and influence our sense of self, capacity for emotional regulation and how we function in relationships. We will explore your present and past relationships and experiences to develop a deeper awareness of patterns and beliefs and their impact on you and your day to day life.
My practice is trauma-informed and embraces an embodied approach, paying close attention to the present moment, exploring sensations, feelings, thoughts and dreams to deepen awareness. As an embodied practitioner, I am interested in how our bodies express and contain our past experiences and can be worked with to access and understand our emotions and facilitate growth and healing. I consider counselling to be a collaborative and creative process and sometimes use mindful or creative exercises where this feels relevant and helpful. I believe in our capacity for change and have seen through personal and professional experience how counselling can encourage our natural instinct to grow, heal and find meaning in our lives.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked with a diverse range of clients presenting with varied issues and have gained clinical experience within both corporate and charitable sectors. Some of the issues that I have experience of working with include: anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship difficulties, attachment issues, issues at work, age-related issues, bullying, self-harm, self-esteem, identity issues, hoarding, existential issues, alcohol dependency, difficulties with drinking and trauma.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by the BACP ethical framework for the counselling professions. I attend regular clinical supervision and engage in continued professional development to enhance my practice. I am fully insured with public liability and professional indemnity cover.
In-Depth Training and Qualifications
- BA hons
- Diploma in Psychodynamic counselling
- Certificate in Embodied Psychotherapy
- Certificate in Time Limited Therapy
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
- Yoga Teacher Training 200 hours
- Mindfulness (Eight week course)
- Attachment theory
- Adolescence and Attachment
- Attachment and addiction
- Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Working with trauma
- Suicide and self-harm
- OCD and hoarding
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I have availability for face-to-face counselling in Stroud and Gloucester as well as for online or telephone sessions. Sessions will be weekly and will last for 50 minutes.
If you would like to get in touch to find out more about counselling and how we can work together you can contact me via email or phone or using the contact form on my website.