Hello and welcome to my page. I firstly want to say well done for deciding to seek help with whatever it is that you are struggling with. I know how hard it is to make that first step.
Thinking about opening up and talking about painful memories can feel difficult or scary, especially with someone you have not met before. Offering you a safe space to explore your issues and ways to move forward is my main purpose in counselling. A place where you can talk about whatever you feel is important or troubling you. Working together at a pace you are comfortable with, you will not be rushed to share anything you are not ready to; I understand it takes time to build up the trusting relationship to be able to discuss difficult subjects and events. We will explore your feelings together and I will stay alongside you while we get to know each other.
One of the most important influences in how helpful my clients have found counselling has been my ability to listen in a completely non-judgemental way of acceptance and work out together what was best for them. I am willing to mention here that I have had therapy myself in the past. This means I know how it is to seek professional help and that it is not a sign of weakness but of strength, it shows a willingness to face challenges and grow as a person.
What Happens in the First Session?
This will be a space to get to know each other and see whether you feel comfortable with me. You will not have to go into lots of detail about what brings you to counselling, so please do not expect to have to do that In my experience, the impulse to explain everything is a common one in new clients, but the first session is more about settling in to the process of counselling and asking any questions that arise.
How I Work
Starting with the belief that you are the expert in your own life, I use a person centred approach to help you understand yourself more fully. I will work with you towards creating the future you strive for in a safe and confidential environment.
Creating a safe space for you is of the utmost importance for me. I am here to listen and witness whatever you bring to each session without judgement.
My Journey to Counselling
I made the decision to formally train as a counsellor whilst undergoing treatment for cancer. It was important to me that the course I chose had a core belief in empowering clients rather than telling them what to do. In the past, I have suffered from therapy which was unsupportive and had the opposite effect.
I have lived experience, both at first hand and through my immediate family, of serious mental health issues, bereavement, historical abuse, domestic violence, addiction issues and post-natal illness.
Insights gained from these experiences inform my practice as much as my degree studies. They have deepened my compassion and understanding for the often-complex suffering and struggles of others, as well as enhancing my belief that recovery is possible.
I have experience in working with:
- depression and anxiety
- grief and loss
- post-natal illness
- childhood abuse
- sexual violence
- mental health problems
- ptsd and complex ptsd
- life changing illnesses such as cancer
- relationship problems
- life changes
IMPORTANT: Under the latest Government guidelines with the Covid-19 virus problem, I am no longer offering sessions with new clients. Please accept my apologies for this, but as I am unfortunately not fully trained to work online, I am only permitted to work with existing clients online or via telephone. This is in accordance with the recently published BACP guidelines for therapists.
This situation will be for as long as the Government advises us to stay at home.
Training, qualifications & experience
- FdSc Counselling (Distinction)
- Cruse Bereavement Care ABC Course
- Solution-focussed Approach to Suicide
- Trauma Focussed Sexual Violence training at SARSAS (Bristol Rape Crisis)
- Somatic Experiencing Advanced
- Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice
Experience: Knowle West Young Mums Project (childhood abuse, drug addiction, prostitution), Cruse (bereavement, depression, anxiety, childhood trauma), Network Counselling (depression, severe mental health issues, anxiety, relationship issues, childhood trauma)
Therapist at: SARSAS (Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support)
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
An introductory session will last 30 - 50 minutes and cost £25
Subsequent sessions are £40 and last 60 minutes.
Concessions are available.
I am very interested in how trauma affects physical and mental well-being. I currently studying for a post graduate qualification in Somatic Experiencing which works specifically with trauma held in the body and it's impact upon the nervous system, mind and emotions.