In these difficult covid times, many people are struggling with their lives; there can be great relief in having someone there who can listen to you and not judge, who can take in just how it is for you right now. Sharing what is happening can give perspective and insight and reveal ways of meeting your situation.
I am offering risk assessed face to face for those who feel they really need it, as well as on line sessions using video and mobile phone. I am struck by how well the technology works in spite of my own early misgivings. It is important for on line work that you have your own private space for us to "meet".
Counselling in Norwich and Norfolk
Counselling takes place away from your normal environment, in a safe space. Creating this space, whether face to face or online, where you can be fully met and accepted however you are, can really help you discover what is going on for you. It is amazing how this experience alone can be so helpful, releasing new energy to look at problems, and a sense of hope in meeting your life.
In the counselling we may explore together familiar patterns of behaviour and thought, patterns we often adopted to manage our early life. In separating out then and now we can discover how old constraints no longer apply to our lives now.
Being an integrative counsellor means I draw on a wide range of different approaches but I have experienced the value of psychotherapy personally, having looked at issues in my own life in individual and group therapy. The learning from this is at the centre of what I feel I offer in my work. It has deepened my conviction that we are whole beings, mind, body and spirit, and that as human beings we absolutely need to be seen and loved in our uniqueness. Healing comes when we are met in this way, with compassion and love; from this we learn to meet ourselves compassionately too.
As a UKCP registered counsellor I adhere to their professional code of ethics. I undertake continual professional development, and have regular supervision. My formal training and personal experience, along with these structures provide the anchor for our work together.
As well as the ongoing presence of Covid and consequent mental and economic hardship this brings to society, the Black Lives Matter movement has flagged up issues of diversity for us all. I strongly support the principle of equal opportunity as a basic human value I try to practice and maintain awareness and sensitivity around all this in my client work and in my pricing.
I work from a room in Central Norwich and from my home near Mattishall. I have trained in and have been working online since March 2020.
It can feel hard to ask for help; finding the right person for you is very important. Feeling able to trust your counsellor really helps the counselling to work. Do feel free to email or ring me if you have any questions or would just like to see if we can work together. I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked and volunteered in several community and mental health settings. I have also worked a lot of my career as a carpenter. This breadth of experience helps me appreciate the diversity of my clients and understand better "what it is like" for them. Recently I volunteered as a counsellor for Norwich Mind, and I am currently volunteering the Norwich based St Barnabas Counselling Centre. I have a degree in Psychology (1981), and in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling (2018). Online Therapy Institute: Kate Anthony: "Moving your Practice On line" (April 2020). Amy Webb: Gender Diversity Counselling, (2019). Janina Fischer: Trauma and Attachment, "Healing the Broken Bonds", (2019). Sue Anderson Compassion Focussed Therapy (2018). I am registered with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) reg no: 2011166085.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Per 1 hour session: £50: negotiable for students or those on low income. Please ask about this.