Pain from our past or worries about our future can make it hard to enjoy the present.
This can leave us feeling sad, confused, lonely, angry and struggling to make sense of how and why we feel this way. Or maybe we don't feel anything we just feel numb.
As a qualified and experienced counsellor I can help you develop strategies to remain in the present, heal past pain or work through future worries.
I became a counsellor as a result of my own personal journey, I understand and have experienced first hand how powerful counselling can be and have seen the positive impact of counselling on those I have worked with and their lives, the personal growth and ultimately the fulfillment and self acceptance that comes from counselling.
How I work
My approach is person centred which means I believe as individuals we are all our own experts.
In my practice although person-centred I draw on different theoretical models and bring in tools if or when we decide together they may be useful, there isn't a magic formula, a one size fits all, in my practice I work with and am led by you my clients as you are your own experts.
I place a great sense of importance on the client/therapist relationship and work at a relational level to create that deep understanding and psychological connection. For change to happen we need to build trust within the therapeutic relationship, you need to feel confident to speak openly and honestly, to not feel judged, to feel heard, understood, to feel unconditional positive regard and to know this is genuine. I will be myself and encourage you to be yourself.
I will ask 'what happened' not 'whats wrong.' I will work with you to understand what you are bringing, how you feel and how this impacts your present. I will see you the person.
"We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that i know".
I offer both short and long term counselling and we will review this regularly together.
Who I work with
I work with adults 18 and over experiencing a wide range of issues that include and are not limited to low self esteem and/or confidence, abuse of any form, anxiety, depression, PTSD, relationships difficulties, work related stress, abandonment, feeling sad, feeling unfulfilled in life, issues around trust and loss and also those who want to gain a greater self awareness and increase self acceptance.
What to expect in the first session
I offer an initial appointment which creates an opportunity for us to meet and for you to tell me what you want from counselling, ask any questions you may have, get an insight into how counselling might feel for you and explore whether I am the right counsellor for you.
How counselling can help
- promote autonomy
- build resilience
- increase self esteem and self worth
- identify unhealthy relationships
- improve relationships
- develop and maintain healthy boundaries
- identify negative thoughts and challenge these
- alleviate stress and anxiety
- empower you to feel in control of your own life and emotions
- build on existing coping strategies
- widen your window of tolerance
- work through anger - identify the cause and any underlying feelings
- better able to express emotions
- become more assertive
- a greater self acceptance
- increase self awareness
Training, qualifications & experience
ABC Awards Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
ABC Awards Advanced Counselling Skills
NCFE Accredited Child Sexual Exploitation Practitioner
I have extensive experience of working within mental health, domestic abuse and sexual violence settings.
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
Concessions offered for
Initial appointment £20 - lasts up to an hour
Counselling session face to face, telephone or online £40 - 50 minutes
I am currently taking on new clients offering telephone and online counselling. I am flexible and able to offer evening and weekend appointments.
I am passionate about being alongside and empowering women who have been subjected to domestic abuse to aid healing and growth through building on understanding of abuse and trauma and how it impacts. When we know this we can start to add to the strengths we already have to regain control and heal.
Current Group Programme - Tuesday nights 7-9pm online via zoom
Please contact me for a free informal chat to find out more and see if the group feels right for you
8 week programme, 2 hours a week for women who have been subjected to domestic abuse but are no longer in the relationship.
The aim of the group is to aid healing and take back control by rebuilding trust in ourselves and our abilities, recognising our strengths and understanding how trauma impacts us.
We will do this together by creating a space where we can speak openly, build connections, end shame by naming it and build on our understanding of domestic abuse.
It is a mixture of psychoeducation and sharing of our experiences and feelings in order to dispel the myths around domestic abuse, shed the shame we have internalised and normalise our responses. We will share what has helped us so far with each other and build on this to help us feel more in control of our own feelings and reactions.
The sessions will broadly cover
- Definitions of abuse
- Myths around abuse - dispelling the myths and challenging self-blame
- What is trauma and understanding common trauma reactions
- Normalising our reactions and celebrating our strength
- Identifying and naming feelings created as a result of abuse and exploring the - impact of these feelings
- Looking at how abuse narrows our window of tolerance
- Identify what we already do to widen this and build on it
- Identifying our triggers and building on what helps manage these
- Assertive communication
- Boundaries - how to maintain these even when pushed
- Changing the tune - Impact of abuse on our self-esteem and beliefs about ourselves
- Rewriting our story - what are our new rules going forward
- Keep moving forward - how we maintain this
1 to 1 counselling
I am able to offer appointments to clients based in Yorkshire and also work with clients across the UK offering counselling via telephone or online.
If you would like to make an appointment please contact me by text, telephone, email, using the contact form on this page or via my website