Feeling as though you are not enjoying life can be difficult. I provide a safe, non-judgmental place to support you to make permanent changes and fulfill your potential as an individual or couple.
I am qualified and experienced in hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and counselling which I believe gives me the ability to support you as deserve to be.
I have over 10 year’s experience working in Social Care both as an unqualified and qualified Social Worker, supported by a placement with my local CAMHS team.
After having my first child in 2007 I decided to continue building upon my therapeutic experience and began a course with Chrysalis. I hold an Advanced diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling and earned a distinction. I have recently attended training specifically to support those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), weight control, and mindfulness meditation.
I use my skills and experience to provide therapeutic support for my local community.
My own experiences of counselling, professionally and personally have led me to be the therapist that I am today. I strongly believe that an eclectic approach to therapy is beneficial as it allows me to tailor sessions to your needs specifically rather than using a one size fits all method of support.
What therapy do I offer?
I have trained in many different methods and have studied areas such as psychotherapy and psychoanalysis (which focuses on your past), as well as CBT (which looks at how you can make changes in the here and now). I use hypnotherapy in my sessions if it is appropriate, hypnotherapy can help with past and present issues. I am also able to offer specific support to those suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, as well as generally stress and phobias.
I have attended additional training in PTSD, mindfulness meditation and NLP.
I am able to offer both day, evening and weekend sessions (see below for costs) and am happy to arrange sessions in your home in certain circumstances.
I am the Managing Director and Clinical Lead at Trauma Recovery CIC (www.trcic.org) which provides free short term therapy for victims of sexual assault.
I also manage Crystal Clear counselling where my team of experienced and volunteer therapists offer long therapy at an affordable rate.
At Crystal Clear we offer a wide range of therapies for adults, young people and children. My colleagues are able to offer talking and creative therapies for a range of issues including anxiety, bereavement, feelings of low self esteem and sadness as well as support for adults with a history of domestic abuse and relationship issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 10 year’s experience working in Social Care both as an unqualified and qualified Social Worker, supported by a placement with my local CAMHS team. I use this experience to support you as an adult to lead a fulfilled and happy life.
I specialise in working with clients who have experienced trauma in recently or in their past. I have experience working with domestic abuse, sexual assault and abuse and birth truama.
I work with Hertfordshire SARC service, where I set up a counselling service providing sexual assault counselling.
I am a qualified, experienced clinical supervisor.
I am the Clinical Lead at Hertfordshire Therapy Centre.
I run Butterflies Community where we support women struggling with motherhood. I run group therapy sessions, and supervise a team of volunteers.
I studied hypnotherapy and psychotherapy with Chrysalis and hold a Diploma in Hypnotherapy and an Advanced Diploma (with distinction) in Psychotherapy and Counselling. I gained my qualification in Clinical Supervision through Lindum College and am currently studying with Babette Rothschild to extend my trauma work.
I have a certificate in hypnobirthing through the HypnoBirthing Institute and offer ante natal support based on this qualification.
I have studied holistic nutrition with the School of natural Health Sciences.
I have attended short courses in:
- Working with PTSD
- Working with DID and Dissociation
- Trauma and the body
- Compulsive Over Eating
I have a degree in Sociology and a diploma in Social Work
I offer personalised therapy using the most appropriate methods to support you to fulfill your potential.
I am bound by client confidentiality and the ethics of my registering bodies.
I am fully insured.
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Anxiety and Panic disorder
I have used my skills and various methods to support clients to overcome anxiety, panic and phobias. One of my first clients had a severe phobia of frogs and we worked to overcome this.
I understand that anxiety can be all consuming and at times it can be difficult to believe that you will ever be able to overcome it. I work patiently with my clients who achieve change in their own time. Overcoming anxiety, panic and phobias can be amazing!
Depression and depressed moods can affect your view of yourself, your relationships, career and many other areas of your life. Having had both personal and professional experience of depression, I am able to offer you support in this area.
Self-Esteem and Low Self-Confidence
I believe that building up your confidence and self-esteem allows you the mental space to perhaps look at other aspects of you life and become happy and fulfilled.
Anger can cause you and those around you harm, mentally and physically. I am able to offer you support to deal effectively with your anger.
We have many stressors in our life, bereavement, separation and divorce, work, relationship issues., past traumas are to name but a few. Some stress can be a positive thing, it inspires us to take action. However negative stress can cause you physical harm, as well as emotional. I can work with you to identify your negative stress and support you to achieve positive change.
Child Birth and Post Natal Depression
I am a qualified HypnoBirthing Practitioner and use this to support clients to have a calm, comfortable birth experience. This is essentially an antenatal course offered by a therapist, it covers areas such as relaxation, breathing and visualization techniques as well as self-hypnosis.
I have suffered PND myself and use my own experiences as well as my training to support my clients through their own issues. Some clients who have suffered PND in the past worry that this will affect current or future pregnancies, whilst others are suffered PND. I work together with you to help you find a way out of your depression.
I have a particular interest in supporting you with your anxieties, fear, confidence and self-esteem. I believe that building up your confidence and self-esteem allows you the mental space to perhaps look at other aspects of you life and become happy and fulfilled.
Initial Consultation - telephone: Free
Counselling with myself £70 per 50 minute session
Clinical Supervision 50 minutes £60
Counselling with another therapist at Hertfordshire Therapy Centre £25 - £50 depending on your needs and availability
Monday to Friday day times and evenings, Saturday day time
I am based at Hertfordshire Therapy Centre (www.hertfordshiretherapy.org), in Welwyn Garden City and Hoddesdon, both centres are in close proximity to the town centre, and bus and train station.
There is ample free parking, as well as a waiting room, toilet and refreshments.
Free ante and post natal peer support: I run Butterflies Charity providing affordable (free or donation) support for women struggling with pregnancy and motherhood. We work with women of all ages and provide a variety of support. (see www.butterfliescommunity.support for further information)
I offer day and evening sessions
I offer a free telephone initial consultation lasting up to 15 minutes
I am happy to work with Employee Assistance Providers
I provide counselling for therapists in training
I am an accredited member of The National Counselling Society which is recognised by the government Accredited Voluntary Register.