With great sensitivity, I help individuals with a wide range of difficulties such as low self esteem, excessive worry, poor sleep, depression, anxiety, life changes and loss. Loss is a particularly common experience. This can relate to bereavement, but we are also often significantly impacted by the loss of a job, relationship, identity or our ability, 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 with uniquely individual circumstances. My passion is to support you to become as empowered as possible, overcome obstacles holding you back and to more skillfully manage life in all its inevitable ups and downs.
I originally qualified as a counsellor in 2009 and have worked in therapeutically supportive roles since, including over 6 years in an NHS primary care mental health service. I am also a qualified Cognitive Behavioural therapist. 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.
When we experience recurring difficulties which affect our wellbeing and confidence, we often become trapped in vicious circles. In CBT we explore the links between our thoughts, behaviours and mood which occur at the times we struggle. This can help us see where it's 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 without judgment can help. However, CBT is not just a talking therapy, it is a ‘doing’ therapy and usually involves completing some tasks outside of the therapy sessions.
If CBT does not feel like the right approach for you and you would prefer something a little less structured, this is absolutely fine. I'm also a firm believer in the power of counselling and offer non specific counselling which integrates much of my previous experience and training. Most importantly, no matter what approach you choose when we meet, therapy will always be tailored to your individual needs. 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 you wanted to in the process.
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 you, I aim to provide you with some alternative contacts to support you.
I see people on a weekly basis, at least initially, as this helps us keep the momentum of therapy going. 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
My fee is £45. I have some ability to offer limited spaces at a concessionary rate.
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.
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