How counselling can help…
Are you in a place where things seem overwhelming and you cannot find any answers? Although you are the expert about your life, you may need someone to help you uncover that fact - parts of you may feel lost, buried under layers of difficult feelings and the need to survive.
Or it may help to learn new coping/relationship skills or to get a different perspective.
Counselling gives you a safe, non-judgemental space to finally be deeply heard and so find the answers that are unique to your life.
Why choose me….
I specialize in Internal Family Systems Therapy which sees the person as consisting of an internal family, made up of different parts. As you are considering counselling, you may feel that part of you really wants to talk to a counsellor, part of you may think it is silly or you will be judged and part of you may be scared or suspicious. All these parts are welcome. Perhaps you have been told you are an angry person or depression has become who you are. I would instead see that part of you is angry or depressed rather than all of you and together we can help heal that part and integrate it into your life, bringing more wholeness, empowerment and freedom.
I have also trained in Focusing, which encourages tuning in to body sensations and can get a new and surprising insight into past and present issues. The body remembers and holds emotions. For example, anger may be felt as a knot in the stomach or anxiety as tightness in the chest or your shoulders may be stiff with tension. Focusing is also very helpful in cases of trauma and abuse as it enables these to be worked through gently without having to revisit memories of the scene.
I am a trained Spiritual Director and so can offer support in your spiritual walk or in addressing any spiritual issues you may wish to explore. Although my training was in Christian Spirituality, I am happy to work with any religion or denomination – always within your own comfort zone.
I am accredited by BACP which means that I work to their high professional and ethical standards.
What is the next step….
I usually offer therapy in a comfortable, private therapy room based in Bournemouth or in Highcliffe, but at the moment am only doing online by phone or Zoom.
Counselling is a deeply personal thing and so it is important that you find the right therapist. I offer a half price assessment session so that you can meet me and decide without obligation if you feel comfortable to work with me. If you wish to go ahead, we can decide if short-term (about 10 weeks) or longer-term therapy is better for you and we will have regular reviews to make sure we are on the right track.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Counselling
Focusing level 5
Spiritual Direction (3 yr course at the London Centre for Spirituality)
CPCAB level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As a trained Spiritual Director (Ignatian Spirituality), I can offer this as a separate thing as well as integrating it into counselling if wanted.