We live in a culture that promotes the idea of strong, powerful individuals who live picture perfect lives. There is little room for showing our vulnerability, or our need for connection. There is a cultural expectation that when things are difficult for us we should just 'get over it' and not make a fuss, this might manifest in you with thoughts of "what's wrong with me", "why is this so hard" and "I should be able to manage by myself" and so on! You may be feeling fragmented, disconnected, numb, overwhelmed, fearful, unable to cope, you might feel like giving up.
In our sessions I can help you explore what is difficult for you in your life and in your relationships. With a therapeutic relationship built on earned trust there will be the time and space to explore the impact the past is having on your present experience and the opportunity to shift and change into new ways of being.
I know it can feel really daunting to 'take the plunge' and to find a counsellor. I really encourage you to get in touch, to see if there is a time and place that would work for the both of us, I don't think you will regret it. If you wish to meet a few different counsellors before you decide who you would like to work with, then also please enquire.
Training, qualifications & experience
Counselling Diploma in Professional Studies, University of the West of England, Bristol. (Level 5) BACP accredited. (MBACP)
Relational Mindfulness Diploma from Karuna Institute, British Psychological Society accredited.
Craniosacral Therapy Diploma from Institute of Craniosacral Studies, CSTA accredited. (RCST)
BA (Hons) De Montfort University.
Additional trainings in working with trauma, attachment issues, somatic experiencing.
I have worked with several counselling agencies including Bristol Mind's mental health service Meeting Minds.
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
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
I work in Bristol city centre (BS1), Gloucester Road (BS7) and Westbury-on-Trym (BS9).
I am currently able to offer in person counselling sessions as well as online counselling.