Sometimes we don’t know what is making us unhappy and often don’t have time in our busy lives to address the things which are slowing us down or stopping us living life to the full; being our best selves. We continue to carry problems and self-defeating behaviours around with us, when change would make such a difference to our lives.
I am an integrative therapist; I use a range of therapies and am guided by my client’s needs. I work holistically with clients and believe that our emotional state has a direct relationship with our physical and spiritual health. We will work together to identify and untangle presenting issues and I will support you in identifying strategies to enable you to move forwards in your life.
Counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, non-judgemental environment gives the client the opportunity to unload negative chatter, and to verbalise issues which have been causing tension and unhappiness, sometimes for many years. Issues and events that keep rearing their heads and continue to cause stress, anxiety and unwanted behavioural patterns can be addressed and dealt with; removing obstacles in the way of your progress.
Counselling is generally used for issues which are causing problems in daily life whereas psychotherapy is integrated within a counselling framework and is used for more deep-rooted issues that may or may not have been identified. These may go back to childhood or involve trauma. I will work with you to unpick these often painful, sometimes subconscious, issues from the past. Working from a psychotherapeutic base will allow you to re-frame, to be objective and see the issue or event from the perspective of the person you are today. We will work together towards acceptance and moving forwards. Counselling sessions may take place over a period of weeks and psychotherapy for a longer period.
My therapeutic approach is significantly Person Centred but includes Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, (CBT), Transactional Analysis, (TA), Neuro-linguistic Programming, (NLP), Gestalt and Rational Emotional Behaviour Therapy, (REBT). I have a special interest in working with clients on self-confidence and self-esteem issues. I offer a calm, safe and non-judgemental space to work with clients, enabling them to gain a clear focus of issues, problems and patterns and to support them in planning their way forwards.
I offer grief and bereavement counselling and therapy.
I am also a qualified hypnotherapist. I use hypnotherapy as an integrative part of counselling when appropriate. Hypnotherapy is a safe and natural therapy, using the power of suggestion when you are in a deeply relaxed state. It can be used to support changes in habits and behaviours, to reduce stress and anxiety or to provide calm, relaxation when life is spiralling out of control
Training, qualifications & experience
My background is in education and I taught in Further Education for twenty years, working with teenagers, 16+ up to mature learners/returners to education. My career in teaching included pastoral care of my students and this eventually led me to a change in career. I began training six years ago and have been in practice for four years now. Although the focus behind my career change was to work with young people, I have done a lot of work in the corporate field, which I have very much enjoyed. I have worked a lot with clients with anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, bereavement and a wide range of other issues. I work mainly from The Natural Health Centre, Woodbridge.
I have an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and a Certificate in Hypnotherapy. I ensure that I keep up to date with current research and methodology. I have recently attended training on Dissociative Disorder and EMDR, (Eye Movement and Desensitisation and Reprogramming). I am accredited by the National Counselling Society and the National Hypnotherapy Society. I have full indemnity insurance and an Enhanced DBS.
My qualifications are: AD Dip PC MNCS (ACC), Cert Hyp (Counselling and Hypnotherapy) and BA (Hons), PGCE
I have recently attended training in Dissociative Disorder and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing).
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
All sessions are 50 minutes. Charges are £15 for an Initial Consultation. This first session involves discussing needs and goals before moving forwards as well as history taking.
Subsequent sessions are £50 each.
I offer sessions via Zoom, Skype and telephone.
I can take cash and card payments for regular sessions, payments for remote sessions is expected prior to the session via Paypal.
Daytime and evening appointments available. Weekend appointments can be arranged
I work from the therapy rooms at the Natural Health Centre, which is a calm and peaceful space in the centre of Woodbridge, Suffolk. I also offer sessions via Skype and telephone.
I am always very happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
Please contact me by telephone/text/email.
I am a member of the National Counselling Society and have an Enhanced DBS.