Welcome, I know that it's a difficult thing sometimes to contact a stranger and ask for help. I hope that reading my profile will give you a sense of how I work, and additionally, I offer an initial free 20 minute phone consultation with the aim of helping you take the next step toward the help you need.
I'm an accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor and have trained in integrative body and movement therapy. For the safety of all concerned, I am now offering all my client sessions either online, or by telephone until restrictions around Covid19 are lifted.
My clients bring many different challenging and painful issues to work with: anxiety; depression; grief; early life trauma which has shaped how they feel and see themselves in the world; challenges around sexuality and sexual identity; addictive behaviour and thoughts; eating issues; chronic health problems, abuse; feeling marginalised; bullying; relationship issues; work-related stresses; bereavement; chronic pain; suicidal feelings and thoughts to name a few. Clients also bring existential quandaries and questions like 'what is my reason for being alive?' and 'how do I find my purpose in life?'
You may realise that your mind, body and health are interconnected so whatever is making life hard for you will affect you in all these areas. My approach to therapy meets you where you are, so some people need to talk and others need to move. Feeling heard and seen is the starting point for people to build trust, so this is my focus early on in the work.
Whatever brings you to therapy, it's often a confusing and conflicted experience. I aim to create a stablising and empathic space with you and support your integrity and authority as you take each next step. I offer ways to include your body awareness in support of your integrity as we work through challenges you bring.
I encourage you to take up my free consultation phone call, when we can discuss what you need and how I could help.
My experience seems to show that whatever symptoms and problems people feel to be making life unmanageable, the pain is trying to point them in the direction of health, balance and fuller expression of their truest selves. I support my clients to explore the nature of their thoughts, emotions, body awareness and awareness of the 'bigger picture', or spirituality and whatever that means for the individual. I aim to support and resource my clients toward greater self-acceptance and deeper relationship with themselves, the result being that they become more at peace and confident in life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Post Grad diploma in psychosynthesis counselling and a professional diploma in Integrative Body and Movement Therapy. In June 2018 I was accredited as a psychotherapeutic counsellor with Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (UKAHPP).
My approach as a psychotherapeutic counsellor includes a wealth of embodied knowledge and experience, and I offer counselling as a distinct and effective way to meet people who want to talk, who may feel ready to engage in body-based mindfulness and to better understand any body-related issues, and who want to feel heard and seen in a holistic way. I facilitate mindfulness practices when these could help you.
I receive regular clinical supervision, undertake continuing professional development training and I am working toward accreditation. Alongside my counselling practice, I continue to work as a body and movement therapist with people with chronic health conditions and embodied pain.
I've been working in support roles for 18 years, including time at Samaritans, in drugs and alcohol support services, as a counsellor in higher education, the NHS and the voluntary sector - particularly with people of diverse sexual identities - and in private practice.
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.
United Kingdom Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners
UKAHPP is a national accrediting organisation for all those who apply the theories of Humanistic Psychology in their work. The UKAHPP is an independent member organisation of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the UK Register of Counsellors.
The Association is made up of a number of different membership classes e.g. Associate Members, Affiliate Members, Full Members, each with different requirements for entry. Full Members may use the initials 'MAHPP' after their names, and have undergone a rigorous accreditation procedure relevant to their discipline.
All members of the Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners must commit to acceptance of the UKAHPP Code of Ethical Principles, the UKAHPP Code of Practice, the UKAHPP Ethical Review Procedure and the UKAHPP Complaints Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My hourly fee is £60. I do offer a free initial phone consultation of up to 20 minutes which we can arrange at a mutually convenient time. Please contact me to arrange this.
I have a cancellation policy which I explain when we begin work together.