No matter our age, life seems to offer us challenges, again and again. Have you ever wondered how to deal with its uncertainty and confusion, with things not turning out as we had hoped, with the loss of our sense of who we are and where we are going?
If so, you are not alone! I believe it is a part of the human experience that at different times in our lives, we all face loss, bereavement, feeling stuck, and/or a crisis of meaning and purpose.
I am particularly experienced in working with adults and young people who are
- Feeling lost, stuck, seeking purpose and direction, and facing life changes and challenges such as the quarter-life and mid-life ‘crisis’
- Facing the challenge of living with chronic illness (like cancer)
- Facing bereavement, or who have been bereaved
- Dealing with immediate crisis: including anxiety, suicidal feelings, self-harm, feeling low, trauma, sexuality, and spiritual crises
I have worked in a range of settings, including as a bereavement counsellor and cancer support counsellor, and in schools and settings for young people.
I offer therapy:
- Online via Zoom
- Outside in parkland and woodland, and 'walk and talk' sessions
About my approach
Whether you are feeling anxious, angry, sad, ashamed, envious, lost or uncertain, my hope is that I may be able to support you and give you space to be exactly as you are. I offer a warm, soulful, compassionate, practical & creative approach tailored to you.
I seek to offer a 'trauma-informed' approach which recognises the prevalence of trauma, its impact on the emotional, psychological and social wellbeing of people, and emphasises developing a sense of safety at these different levels of wellbeing. Part of our work would also be to connect to your own strengths and resources, even if they feel invisible to you right now.
However, we might also make space for what might be happening beyond our usual awareness and our own attempts at managing life. Some people might say that this relates to the unconscious. It might also involve making space for what is happening collectively - the climate crisis, the pandemic, social and political structures - and wondering about how we are being affected by such things.
And at another level, we might listen for the whispers of our deepest self in images, dreams, stories and myths, and our body’s movements. What if the symptoms that feel so painful are also communicating something important for us to pay attention to? This is what 'soulful' means to me - paying attention to what touches and moves us, and holding the possibility that being touched and moved emotionally has some value by itself.
We are relational beings and I believe that healing can come from relationship. A key part of our work would be to pay attention to what we think of, feel and imagine when we meet together.
If you want to find out more, do call or email me to have a free exploratory session to find out if is right for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Diploma in Integrative Transpersonal Psychotherapy, accredited by the BACP, from Re-Vision in London. I have been offering counselling since 2014, honoured by the privilege of seeing clients who are seeking support with managing difficult situations and major life transitions such as bereavement, anxiety, depression, trauma, career changes and illness.
I have experience in settings such as hospices, cancer centres, universities and schools, as well as in private practice. I also work as a trainer and group facilitator, having recently run a men's group and a group for women with secondary breast cancer.
My most recent professional development has been attending a training on 'Taking Psychotherapy Outdoors' supporting me in offering 'ecotherapy'. Other recent professional development includes psychotherapy training on shame and trauma; Mental Health First Aid; and 'Solution Focused Therapy'.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I don't like using the term 'disorder' unless you find it helpful. I believe that there is a lot more to understanding someone than a label that they are given, although being given a label can sometimes be experienced as a relief.
£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I have a couple of places available at £45 per hour for those on low incomes. These tend to be in high demand so please do ask about availability.
I generally charge £50 per hour, payable by bank transfer before the start of each session.
When I work
I offer weekday, early evening and breakfast-time slots, face to face in my therapy rooms, in woodland & parkland, by phone and online via Zoom.
I have a background in working in sexual health, in the HE sector, training professionals and young people, and management.
I also work at Force, Exeter's cancer charity, one day per week as a counsellor for people with cancer and those affected by it.