With great sensitivity, I help individuals with a wide range of difficulties such as low self-esteem, excessive worry, poor sleep, depression, anxiety in all its forms, adjusting to life changes and loss. Loss is a particularly common experience. It can relate to bereavement, but we also are significantly impacted by the loss of a job, relationship, our identity or our abilities; particularly if experiencing illness or disability. Whatever your situation is, you will be welcomed just as you are. I do not believe in a 'one size fits all approach' and I will respect you as a person living with uniquely individual circumstances.
How can therapy help?
I wholeheartedly understand that life can be supremely challenging. If you are experiencing recurring or ongoing difficulties, it can be helpful to speak to someone who will not judge, but work with you collaboratively to improve both your well being and the ability to weather life's storms. My aim is to enable you to become as empowered as possible, overcome any obstacles holding you back and more skillfully manage life, in all its inevitable ups and downs.
I am both a trained counsellor and qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. Whichever approach you choose will depend on your preferences and what you need from therapy. This will be discussed with you at your first session. I can also integrate different approaches accordingly. At the heart of it I will work with you in a way that best suits your needs at this time, and you will be treated as an active participant in the therapeutic relationship.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
When we experience recurring difficulties, which affect our well being and confidence, we have often become trapped in vicious circles. In CBT, we explore the links between our thoughts, behaviours and mood which occur during the times we struggle. This can help us see where it may be useful to create some changes, in order to break free from unhelpful patterns. Sometimes stepping outside of these vicious cycles just feels too hard to do alone and this is where talking to a therapist you can trust and who listens to you without judgment can help. However, CBT is not just a talking therapy, it is also a ‘doing’ therapy which usually involves completing some additional tasks outside of the therapy sessions.
If CBT does not feel like the right approach for you and you would prefer something less structured, this is absolutely fine. Counselling is an opportunity to speak with someone who will really listen to you and can help you 'unpack' feelings, thoughts and experiences, in order to resolve emotional distress, gain a better understanding of yourself and come to terms with any difficult experiences which may have happened to you.
No matter what approach you choose when we meet, therapy will always be tailored to your individual needs and goals. I will also invite you to review with me how you feel therapy is going on a regular basis, to make sure we are on track in helping you achieve your goals. Ultimately, I am at my most happiest when you no longer feel the need for therapy - because you've accomplished all that you wanted to in the process of therapy.
I qualified as a counsellor in 2009 and have worked in therapeutically supportive roles following this, including over 6 years in a primary care mental health service.
I have worked as a Psychological Well-being practitioner, Counseling Therapist and a Cognitive Behavioural therapist in the NHS.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT for short) is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence who advise the NHS, as the best treatment for panic attacks, OCD, social anxiety, health anxiety, generalised anxiety, post-traumatic stress, phobias and depression.
Please phone/text or email me through the contact details on this profile.
I offer an initial free consultation on the phone of up to 20 minutes, to see whether what I offer and what you require feel like a good match. If following this, we decide I am not the best therapist for your needs, I aim to provide you with some alternative contacts to support you.
What to expect at your first session
If we agree to meet after our phone consultation, or if you prefer to book a face to face appointment instead, the first session will be an initial assessment. This is an opportunity for us to discuss your main difficulty, concerns, what you hope to gain from therapy and how we might work together to achieve your personal goals and aims for therapy.
Following this, appointments are usually on a weekly basis, at least initially, as this helps to keep the momentum of therapy going.
I offer both short term and long-term therapy.
Sessions are 60 minutes.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post-Graduate Diploma in High-Intensity Interventions (High-Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
- BA (Hons) Counselling Studies (1st)
- Diploma in Person-Centred Therapy and Counselling
- Certificate in Advanced Counselling Studies
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Personal development, stress, adjustment (e.g. loss, grief), sleep disturbance
My fee is £45 per hourly session
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). This requires that I adhere to standards regarding supervision, continuing professional development and commitment to working in line with the BACP's Ethical Framework.
Maps & Directions
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