I am a fully qualified Humanistic Gestalt Counsellor. I work with adults, university students, adolescents, couples and transgender clients. I offer short and long term therapy in Southampton (Shirley) and surrounding areas.
I have always been fascinated by the working of our minds, our feelings, emotions and the patterns that seem to always appear in our lives, without us realising that we are back again at the point where we started.
Counselling is not only my profession but also my vocation. I have had the fortune of travelling; living and experiencing different cultures and learning different languages. I have first-hand experience in what it means to transition from one culture to another. There is much adapting to be done, a lot of transforming and integrating. Change can be hard and uncomfortable, even when it is chosen.
This is not very different from counselling. To me counselling is a process of exploring, transforming, integrating. It is a journey of discovery, perhaps discovering what was already in plain sight.
CPD (Continuous Professional Development) is an essential aspect of my professional development. Some of my most recent CPD: Shame, Trauma, Addiction, Forgiveness, Suicide Prevention, Self-Harm.
I work with clients from nearby areas including Southampton, Shirley, Bitterne, Portswood, Bassett, Highfield.
I am an individual member of the BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I belong to the BACP Private Practice and Children and Young People sub-divisions. I am also an individual member and committee member of the HACP - Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I am fully insured against public liability and I have an enhanced DBS check.
My first language is English and I am also fluent in Spanish and Italian.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma Higher Education Humanistic Gestalt Counselling
- Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents
- Online and Telephone Counselling
- Mental Health Adult First Aider
- Professional Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- TA 101 Course - Transactional Analysis
- Certificate in Understanding Autism
- Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems
- Certificate in Couples Counselling
- ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Basics of Counselling certificate
In my private practice with adults, I have experience of a wide range of issues that vary from divorce, separation, addiction, self-confidence, feeling "lost" - having no purpose, financial issues, work-related stress, parenting, bereavement.
Previously I have worked in a university setting counselling student-faculty (18+ students). I am familiar with many of the common issues that affect academic life such as academic pressure, stress, anxiety, moving away from home, transition into adulthood.
I have also worked with adolescents in a secondary school setting (11-16 year). Social anxiety, academic pressure, family dynamics/ dysfunction, suicidal ideation and self-harm are some of the issues I dealt with.
My experience working as a counsellor, support worker, group facilitator for a local transgender charity has given me great insight into the transgender experience. Identity, self-esteem, gender dysphoria, NHS pathways are some of the issues that may be explored in therapy.
Before my counselling training, I volunteered for a local cancer charity. I learned much about what it means to live with the fear of dying from hospital patients and the impact it had not only on the self but family and relatives. I am also very active in school governance issues and education.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Training to become a counsellor was one of the most exciting, challenging and worthwhile periods of my life. At the same time, I remember feeling very apprehensive about the prospect of going back to education and not so sure about how I would manage my academic life alongside the rest of my life.
My modality is Humanistic Gestalt. By working together, you will be able to experience how a Gestalt session looks and feels. We can introduce "experiments" (creative activities) into our session that may help you look at your presenting issue in a different way while giving you a new perspective and creating a more self-aware view of yourself.
Student clients may experience: academic pressure, stress, struggle with change in family dynamics, social anxiety, self-confidence issues, finding difficult to cope/ with and balance work, family and academic life.
Some issues that may be explored in therapy:
- Adjusting to college life as a mature student
- The need/requirement for counselling while in a counselling course
- Balancing family life and college work
- Balancing college expectations with "real" life/ paid employment
- Academic assignments/standards
- Impact of group dynamics on Self
- Relationship difficulties
- Feeling anxious
- Feeling stressed
- Work related issues
- Support systems.
I am able to offer a reduced rate of £40.00 per session for all counselling students. Please contact me for an initial appointment.
Concessions offered for
My charges are:
Initial appointment: £25.00, this session will generally last 30-50 minutes.
General Counselling £ 45.00 for a 50-minute session
Offer - £260 if six sessions are booked and paid in advance.
Trainee Counselling students £40.00 for a 50-minute session - reduced fee.
BACS (bank transfer) are accepted for payment.
Fees are reviewed annually.
If you contact me for an initial appointment I will usually reply within 24 hours. I hope to hear from you in the near future.
Online Counselling on Tuesdays and Wednesdays - Day and evening appointments available.
What is Gestalt therapy and how does it work?
As a Gestalt therapist, I see my role as one of helping you become more self-aware, making links and recognising patterns in your life. I work in the "here and now", this means that by working together we can explore how past experiences affect your present.
"Gestalt therapists believe that people potentially have all the necessary abilities to solve their problems or face their difficulties. However, sometimes they get stuck and need some assistance. I see my task as a therapist is to help you see more clearly what your situation is, find out how you are a part of it, and experiment with finding new solutions or ways to face the difficulty."
"Gestalt is a humanistic/existential therapy, which believes that people are born with the resources and ability to be in rewarding contact with other human beings, and lead a satisfying, creative life. However, often during childhood and sometimes later on, something interrupts this process and a person becomes stuck in fixed patterns and beliefs about themselves that get in the way. Gestalt aims to investigate and uncover how these patterns are still active and affecting a person's present life."
From 'Skills in Gestalt Counselling & Psychotherapy' by Phil Joyce and Charlotte Sills