About what Counselling/Psychotherapy can do for you…
Making the decision about coming to counselling can be quite daunting however more and more people are looking to therapists for support. It is important to choose a therapist that is right for you so I will give you as much information as possible to help you make an informed choice.
There are many reasons you may be seeking help; a change in emotions, a feeling of overwhelm, feeling hopeless, anxiety, unresolved emotions linked to life events, historical trauma or distress affecting you day to day? A therapist can provide a safe and confidential space for you to explore and process any difficult feelings and emotions.
It is good to have friends and family to talk to however a trained professional may be able to give you a different perspective on your thoughts and feelings as they are not emotionally involved or invested in the outcome of your progress.
I am a fully qualified Person-Centred counsellor/psychotherapist having studied Carl Rogers theories in Sheffield. I am a member of the BACP and practice within the ethical framework and principles set by them.
What this means is that I put the client at the heart of the sessions, entrusting they are the expert in their own lives, enabling them to explore their self-concept in a safe, confidential and trusting environment, giving the client full autonomy to make decisions that feel right for them whilst supporting them through their vulnerabilities without being judgemental.
I like to support clients whilst they have a look at current or past feelings they may be experiencing and help to make sense of where these may be stemming from as well as learning to accept and manage any difficult emotions.
Often people’s perception of the therapy can be one of fear, vulnerability and weakness however once engaged they have found it to be a nurturing, supportive and non-judgemental environment which focuses on the therapeutic relationship to help work through any difficulties they are facing and surprisingly this can be through love and laughter as well as facing all the other difficult emotions we try and hide away from the world.
I believe that when we have a better understanding of who we are, our patterns of behaviour, we can then go forward, engage in healthier relationships, take charge of our lives and make our own choices and at this stage if appropriate I could help and support you to crystallise any future plans or goals without any pressure to do so.
Training, qualifications & experience
I studied Carl Rogers Person-centred Theory at Temenos Education in Sheffield. Through experience and practice I believe Carl Rogers core conditions are necessary and sufficient in order for change to occur.
My Experience - Current Roles
I started my private practice working from a small and comfortable space in my home which provides a confidential and safe place for clients to explore issues they present with. I have been working with adults and children promoting and aiding self-awareness enabling them to get to know their own process as well as achieve their full potential.
Working for a well-established charity supporting young people aged between 4-18 years to explore historical trauma and overcome difficult emotions linked to child sexual abuse. In this post I help young people to build healthy, trusting relationships and recognise risk. I empower clients to take control of their lives and become autonomous wherever possible. I am responsible for safeguarding all clients within my caseload and sign-posting to relevant agencies.
In this government funded organisation I worked with adult survivors of incest and sexual abuse and the ongoing effects of this. I supported survivors of abuse with highly complexed trauma however found this work to be exceptionally fulfilling especially after seeing clients being able to come to terms with and manage feelings relating to trauma.
During my training and for some time afterwards I worked with young people aged between 13-25 years old presenting with varying issues from low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, depression, personality disorder, domestic violence, issues around separation/attachment, sexual abuse to self-harm.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 per 50 minute sessions payable by cash or bank transfer
Concessions are available for students, people on low income or unemployed.
Making an appointment…
Please feel free to contact me using the details listed on this website. I am available for a consultation for us to establish whether you would like to embark on your therapeutic journey.
My practice is situated in the NG5 area of Nottingham giving easy access by car and allowing for parking on the drive or street.
There are also many bus routes to and bus stops within walking distance of the counselling room.
I work from home in a comfortable and welcoming room.
There is off-street parking outside the house.