I believe that the therapeutic relationship is an important one. Within it we can explore and understand concerns from the past that may be influencing the present. A safe space is provided which enables us to look at issues which often cloud the here and now. It is my opinion as well as my experience, that 'one size does not fit all' so 'Meeting Minds' offers a flexible, open ended approach tailored made to suit individual needs and expectations - whatever stage we are at on the road to recovery - and to help us stay on that road. Areas explored include::
- self-defeating beliefs
- managing chronic health
- stress in the workplace
- life changes
- low self esteem and confidence issues
- loss and bereavement
- emotional well-being
- weight loss
- work/life balance
- self expression through creativity eg art, writing
I offer daytime and evening appointments.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as an integrative counselling practitioner which means I draw upon a wide range of therapeutic techniques as part of my professional practice. I have attained the Advanced Professional Diploma in Counselling & Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills.
I am fully insured to undertake my practice.I am a qualified social worker/probation officer (Postgraduate Dip.Soc/CQSW) and have a M.A. (by thesis).
I have tutored courses including assertiveness in the workplace, handling stress, self management for chronic health conditions (Expert Patient Programme); provided self expression through the creative arts eg art, craft, music, drama, creative writing.
- My experience of enabling and empowering individuals through personal growth to achieve emotional well being has been acquired by working for many years in both the public and voluntary sectors. This includes working with young people in need of support and care, working with families, working with offenders both in the community and in prison; and individuals who feel alienated/vulnerable within their own communities/living space and have lost their identity and often their way.
- I have worked as a residential social worker supporting adolescents to live independently within the community.
- Working within the community I have supported and empowered individuals to tackle their addictions, help those who experience isolation and exclusion and also those experiencing depression and other mental health concerns.
- .I have been a co tutor on the NHS programme Solutions for Health which encourages individuals experiencing anxiety and stress to use self-management techniques - thereby taking responsibility for building their own emotional tool kit which is unique to their own individual needs.
- As a student supervisor and manager in the social work field, I have extensive experience of supporting and empowering both students and employees at all levels by helping them to manage their stress and anxiety in their working/educational environment
- I work with many clients who experience relationship issues, anxiety and depression.
- I am an Anxiety UK approved therapist providing therapeutic support to the charity's members and partners beneficiaries.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
More and more people are living with a long term health condition (or more than one), whether it be physical or psychological. Living with such restrictions can severely affect our emotional well being.
Being a carer for or living with a loved one with a health condition can be very challenging at times. People who find themselves in this position often need emotional support too. Coping with loss, guilt and change can often be helped through therapy.
This is an area in which I have both personal experience and a special interest.
Working as a tutor on the Expert Patient Programme showed me how much progress people with chronic health conditions can make over a relatively short period of time. Some had virtually 'given up' on life. I saw considerable change. Self esteem and self confidence often improves, depression lifts and anxious thoughts about the future become more manageable. Relationships with significant others often improve. Feeling assertive when one is feeling poorly can seem nigh on impossible at times - but in my opinion, it is all part of our recovery.
Working to improve our own emotional well being I believe can go a long way to improving our physical well being, too.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
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As an independent counsellor I am dedicated to providing a service which is accessible to as many people as possible including the least well-off and those with chronic health conditions. In these circumstances I am open to negotiation!
Costs are as follows:
- I offer a FREE consultation (to assess if I can help and for us to assess if we can work together) for face to face sessions.
- I charge £25.00 for each subsequent session
Costs for clients from external organisations are negotiated with the organisation concerned. I also offer online counselling.
Please note that under 2012 legislation your home insurance provider may be able to help you with your counselling fees. If a qualified medical practitioner has advised that you would benefit from therapeutic intervention then you may be able to apply for your fees to be refunded.
- True personal empowerment is not just about individuals
- Why it is important to keep a healthy mind
- How therapy can help us to learn to be alone with ourselves
- Therapy alone is not enough when tackling addiction
- What to do when intrusive thoughts come to mind
- Make fear your friend
- Are you helping or enabling your adult child?
- Are you afraid of being found out?
- How can therapy help you overcome workplace bullying?
- Relationships: healing your losses
- How do we develop anxiety?
- Imposter syndrome: afraid of being 'found out'?
- Unhealthy jealousy in relationships
- What to do when depression enters a relationship
- In relationships, good fences make good neighbours
- Facing divorce? It's possible to have a good ending
- Working with gambling addiction
- Are you an addictive thinker? It's hard work but you can change your thoughts
- Jealousy in relationships: taming the green-eyed monster
- Male, 40 and stuck? That will be a mid-life crisis then...
- Living with addiction? You need support too.....
- Loneliness is not a private affair
- Binge eating? Here's some food for thought...
- How careless talk can trigger emotional eating
- 'Are you listening to me or do you just hear what I say?'
- Addiction: how it damages relationships
- How neediness can affect our self-belief
- Abuse comes in many guises: Let therapy uncover it
- Co-dependent? How therapy can help us act and not react
- Make friends with your inner self
- Self-injury awareness: There is another way
- Learning new habits is different to shedding old ones
- Coming to terms with our past
- This New Year discover what works for you
- This Christmas stay in the adult mode
- How writing your own story can help your emotional pain
- Are our goals still working for us?
- Private practice: the therapist as a good role model
- Writing can help us remember the important stuff
- Relationship counselling: Let's hear it from both parties
- Having a relationship with ourselves and others
- Highly sensitive person and proud of it
- Teenage boys: They need a voice too
- A badge of honour! Who'd have thought it?
- Look out for the hero at work - they may be close by...
- Art and young people: 'How come I feel empty inside?'
I keep myself up to date with developments in the world of counselling through Continuous Professional Development. These include attending
Creating an on line presence for therapists
Confidentiality, Data Sharing and Counselling,
Dealing with Bereavement and Loss,
Managing Chronic Health Conditions and Change for Life
The Importance of Art In therapy
I also keep myself well informed via social media and other news outlets in relation to therapy and mental well being in general.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer daytime and evening appointments. I offer appointments for Saturday mornings.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am a qualified supervisor having attained the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision with Derby University. .