Thank you for visiting my page. I provide psychology and counselling services to help adults and young people with their emotional wellbeing and mental health. I offer a range of therapeutic support, including short-term and long-term counselling or psychotherapy sessions, assessments, consultations, bespoke interventions and organisational training. I run my private practice at The Rutland Therapy Centre, which is discretely located in central Oakham near to the train station.
Why have support?
Throughout life everyone faces challenges, but how we experience and feel able to manage these can vary greatly;
- We might struggle with specific difficulties, from the daily stress of the ‘work/life balance’; issues with relationships, family or health; facing grief or significant change; or from having a traumatic or abusive experience or difficult childhood.
- Or we might feel overwhelmed and consumed with emotions, thoughts and beliefs. This may include feelings of sadness, anger, loneliness or helplessness; thoughts of self-harm and/or suicide; or having a low self-esteem or lack of confidence.
- Challenges may also arise as part of a more complex mental health issue or diagnosis (e.g. anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, personality or post-natal disorders).
Importantly, the views towards mental health are changing and it is now accepted and valued that people are regularly looking after and improving their mental wellbeing, just as they do their physical health. The experience of living through the Covid pandemic appears to have made this more important than ever. So, whatever it is that you are struggling with, or if you are just looking to invest in your mental wellbeing, there is support for you.
What might support look like?
What counselling, therapy or therapeutic support looks like will depend on your needs, what you are struggling with, your goals and how you want to work through them. Generally, clients have a dedicated time each week, which is their safe space to use as they need:
- Longer-term counselling or psychotherapy: For some individuals it can be most helpful to explore their life and how they have become the person they are today: their childhood, their relationships and how they have been impacted by their experiences. Understanding how you are in the world can help bring acceptance, healing and can alleviate the weight of what you have been carrying. This can also help identify a new or slightly different way of being, which may lead you to feeling happier or more fulfilled.
- Short-term sessions or coaching: For other people, they may wish to focus on what is happening in their present or their future. In this case, it may be more helpful to learn specific skills (such as making behavioural changes or challenging unhelpful thought patterns) or focusing on setting boundaries and decision making. This may help you to navigate the challenges you face more easily and help you to feel more equipped for the future.
- Other aims and benefits of support: Sometimes, it can simply be enough to have a safe space to talk, offload and feel listened to. Through this process, people can start to understand and improve relationships or feel in control and more able to cope with life’s challenges. Over time, many clients agree that counselling or therapy can be an empowering and liberating experience and it has helped them to feel more confident and comfortable in themselves.
It is important to acknowledge that therapy or counselling can feel difficult at times, before things start to feel better or easier. However, choosing to have support, whatever that looks like, means that you will not be alone and you will always be supported, at your pace and in doing whatever is right for you.
I am a relational, integrative practitioner which means that, through developing a positive relationship with you and using different therapeutic approaches, I tailor my work to best help you, your needs and circumstances. Everyone deserves to be valued and understood and each of us has our own unique experiences and responses to life. It is important this is reflected in the support and the relationship that I build with you. I am committed to providing support which is professional, confidential, non-judgemental, insightful and empowering. At the same time, I ensure individuals feel safe, respected, listened to and cared for in the process. The aim of my work is to help clients develop ‘roots and wings’ – helping clients to develop understanding and skills, which can enable them to heal and grow. I also like to think that therapy reflects the Japanese art of 'Kintsugi', where broken pottery is put back together with liquid gold, embracing the pot's uniqueness, history and flaws and creating an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art.
If you would like to talk about what support might be most helpful for you, please contact me via email or phone (07917 767961).
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over fourteen years clinical experience, which I have gained in a number of settings, both in the UK and abroad (including schools, hospitals, residential care and specialist mental health units). My main training comes from psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive-behavioural approaches. I am trained to Masters level (Level 7) and I am currently completing my Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (Level 8) at the Metanoia Institute in London. I am a member of and work in line with the appropriate professional bodies, including the BACP and UKCP. I am fully insured for private practice and hold current adult and young people’s safeguarding and other relevant training.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have specific training and experience working with both adults and young people who have mental health issues and diagnoses including: anxiety, depression, personality or mood disorders, post-traumatic stress, neurodevelopmental disorders, eating issues, self-harm and addictive or risk-taking behaviour.
My specialist areas include working with trauma, child development, relationships and attachment, personality difficulties and disorders, self-harm and/or risk taking behaviour.
My research and career focus has been working with children, young people and young adults (from ages 8-30 years old), particularly those living in residential care (who may be looked after, fostered or adopted) and/or those staying in hospital, educational or specialist settings.
£55.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I offer initial consultations free of charge and sessions thereafter are £55 for individuals. (Couples, family, group, organisation and/or training and consultation fees are available on request). I have some lower-cost rates available for those who may need it.
Online, phone and in person sessions available to work around the current COVID-19 situation.
Sessions are available Monday - Friday, including some evening availability.
The Rutland Therapy Centre is discretely located in central Oakham, at the end of the high street and near to the train station and bus station. There is a public car park behind the centre or ample free parking spaces for one or two hours on the adjacent roads. The entrance is set back from the road making for discrete access. The therapy rooms are located on the first floor, which can only be accessed by therapists and clients. The centre is newly refurbished, warm, comfortable and peaceful, with a waiting area and toilet facilities.
Sessions can take place in person, online or via phone - for face to face sessions, Covid safety measures continue to be in place according to the latest guidelines.