I have been counselling since 1997 working with both adults and young people. I work in Beautiful Dorset in both Bridport and Dorchester.
I believe in counselling which is a talking therapy. I do my utmost to provide a safe and relaxing space for my clients. I am not here to advise but to listen and assist you in exploring your feelings and finding a way forwards which is right for you. My counselling is very person centred and individual, every client has different needs.
I am able to offer face to face counselling which means my client will come to my work place. Telephone counselling for those who prefer to talk from a distance and Skype counselling which a number of my clients like if they live a long distance away or if they have a disability and find it hard to travel. Sometimes clients feel safer to start with Skype counselling and move on to face to face counselling later.
What can counselling help with?
Counselling can be useful when someone feels they need to talk to a professional when they feel unable to speak to those close to them. Counselling sessions are confidential and I will not share your thoughts or information with anyone without your permission. It is often helpful to speak to a stranger who knows nothing about you and may be able to offer an objective viewpoint.
I will offer you a confidential and safe space where you can relax and talk through your worries. I will not judge you or criticise you, I will give you all the time you need to build a relationship with me, where you can feel safe to disclose anything that stops you from living your life. I will not give you advice, but will help you to gain insight into your feelings and behaviour. We will discover ways to help you to cope with your life as it is now, to look forwards to the future at how you would like your life to be and to reach decisions you are happy with.
I have recently started doing more brief solution focused therapy and am really enjoying seeing the rapid positive changes in my clients. I like to work with my clients on finding new goals and ways to move on to a brighter future. We cannot change the past, but we can decide what we want to be in our future. We all need a dream; without something positive to focus on we often tend to focus on what has gone wrong and what could go wrong and instead of working towards a positive goal we stay locked in the past. I usually ask my clients what they would like to be better or different after 6 sessions, then after the six sessions we can end there or reassess and continue if the client feels they need to.
Common subjects that we can work on together within counselling include:
Anxiety, depression, bereavement, work related stress, illness, bullying, self confidence and learning to love yourself, finding a new direction, moving forwards through challenging times.
I am fully committed to my clients, I am passionate about my work and I love to see people happy as a result of time spent on themselves. I am a mother and a grandmother and have suffered with illness since I was 17 years old. I have worked hard to achieve the level of health and happiness I now have and I am committed to sharing that with others and using the therapies and wisdom I have gained over the years.
I have other skills I can use in my sessions if it seems appropriate and my client welcomes this. For example I like to use the Bach Flower Remedies to support my clients through emotional changes.
I am passionate about my work and I enjoy watching my clients grow in confidence and becoming happier in their daily lives.
As well as working face to face I also offer telephone counselling and Skype Counselling
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced European Diploma in therapeutic counselling with over 24 years experience
Diploma in Hypnotherapy
Qualified Bach Flower Remedy practitioner
Mother & Daughter coach
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
£ P.O.A session in Bridport
£ P.O.A. for Skype/Zoom or telephone counselling
I also offer reduced fees for those on a low wage
Until Covid cases are down I will be working on line - by Skype, Zoom WhatsApp and phone
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am-6pm Friday 10am-3pm
Face to face asap
I am hoping to resume face to face counselling from Spring all being well but it will depend on where we are then with Covid-19.
When it is safe to do so I will be back working in Dorchester Town centre on Tuesday mornings for face to face counselling and also in Bridport in my beautiful new counselling room on Wednesday, Thursday 10-6pm and Friday mornings
During the pandemic I am offering on line counselling- Skype and WhatsApp and