Thank you for visiting my page. I offer counselling, psychotherapy & supervision.
Like you, I have experienced life’s ups and downs so can offer a genuine, non-judgemental, safe space for you to explore any difficulties you may be experiencing.
When we feel stuck, anxious, low, overwhelmed, afraid or confused it can be daunting to know what to do.
Imagine what it would be like to have clarity and feel calm, empowered, safe and in control of your feelings.
Are you ready to thrive and improve your situation?
You are not alone, together we can achieve this.
My specialisms are anxiety, panic, low mood, loss/grief, trauma, self- belief, stress management, identity, relationships and children and young people.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and psychotherapists (BACP), as such I adhere to their ethical framework and good practice guidelines. I have a MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy and a PG Cert in Advanced Counselling Skills from The University of Nottingham and have been practicing for a number of years in Nottingham with both adults and young people.
My work is based on a relational, humanistic growth model, rather than a medical diagnostic model: Together we will build a trusting relationship which focuses on your emotional wellbeing, self development and helping you recognise your strengths rather than labelling your difficulties.
TALK THE TALK
Talking therapy or counselling can help you gain a better understanding to your thoughts and feelings. With clarity, your pathway forward may seem clearer, allowing positive change to happen.
I encourage and empower individuals to take responsibility for their development within therapy.
WALK THE WALK
I also offer spring to autumn walk and talk therapy in local country parks and woodland. We hold the session outside walking in a country park.
Walk and talk or Ecotherapy can provide the space and energy that can’t be found in the therapy room. Research shows connecting with nature during the act of walking therapy is beneficial for mental health, alleviates symptoms and brings a larger capacity for joy, social connectedness and raises self esteem. I am a member of Ecopsychology network.
I am proud to announce I am practicing from The Ropewalk Practice in the heart of Nottingham. This space has been beautifully designed with privacy and comfort in mind. Take a look at the video and pictures on my website. Parking is available. The cost is £1.50 per hour.
The Ropewalk Practice
20 The Ropewalk
I believe in a transparent and simple pricing structure;
I offer 50 min or 80 min sessions, to be paid before each session commences. I accept bank transfer or cash. My rate is £50for 50 min or £80 for 80 minutes. I do offer student therapists discount of £10 per session. I also offer supervision for those working with children and young people.
The first step is a free phone consultation to talk about what you want from our sessions, for example: What do you want to be different? What are you struggling with?
From there we can arrange an initial session where I will take more details of what you want from counselling or therapy and the challenges you maybe facing.
I do not charge more for an initial session or for walk and talk therapy.
In addition Skype sessions are available for your convenience at the same rate as face to face sessions.
THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW BEFORE THERAPY:
At every initial meeting I will ask about your sleep, your food intake and exercise. The reason for this is because our physical health can really impact on our mental health, as all of our systems are connected.
Making small changes to your day to day physical health can really improve mood.
TOP TIPS FOR SLEEP .
Sleep at regular times each day aim for 6-8 hours per night
Relax and wind down before bed by having a bath or listening to music
Sleep in a calm. dark space and avoid screens an hour before bed
If sleep is poor keep a sleep diary so we can look at this together.
Exercise has been proven to aid in improving wellbeing. It helps with low mood and can reduce anxiety. It also raises self esteem.
As little as 20 min physical activity per day can make a difference. Perhaps try walking, swimming or cycling.
FOOD AND MOOD
Improve your diet to raise your mood, this can help you think more clearly and give you more energy. If you have a stressy tummy through anxiety look after your gut heath, beans and fruit and veg are good for balancing this.
Try these top tips..
Stay hydrated, eat your 5 vegetables a day
Eat plenty of protein and healthy fats such as omega 3
Go steady with caffeine and energy drinks
DID YOU KNOW....
Anxiety can be useful to protect us from harm, anxiety acts as an alert system for potential danger and can prompt you when something needs your attention. However anxiety can become a problem when it takes over our lives when there is no real threat. This can result in panic attacks or physical symptoms such as a racing heart, sweating, fast shallow breathing, dizziness, confusion or a churning tummy to name a few. If this sounds familiar a good idea is too practice this breathing technique which soothes your parasympathetic nervous system and calms the body response by slowing down breathing and heart rate, decreasing tension and blood pressure so bringing the body and mind to a calmer state. It takes but 3 minutes. Try it and then practice daily so it becomes part of your day.
Lay, sit or stand. Breath slowly in through your nose noticing the air filling your belly, don’t force it, just breathe in for a count of 5 and then out through your mouth for a count of 5. Let the air flow gently in and out without pausing or holding your breath ( if a count of 5 is tricky try 3 and work up to 5). Repeat for 3 min. (NHS 2019)
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Training, qualifications & experience
- Masters Degree in Counselling Children & Young (5-25 years) People from The University of Nottingham
- Adavanced Post Graduate Practice Certificate in Counselling (adults)
- BA Hons Education
- PG Cert Professional Practice
- Diploma in Childhood Studies
- OCN Level 3 Working with Sexual Violence
- CPD : IPT essentials Interpersonal Psychotherapy for depression, Compassion Focussed Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy ( trauma and attachment), Working with Self Harm/ Suicide, DBT crisis management skills/ emotional regulation, Trangender Training
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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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Spectrum of gender identity
Free 30 minutes phone introductory session
My fees are £50 per 50 min session. £80 per 80 min session
I also offer therapy bundles to save you money.
Reduced rate for students.
Due to government guidelines during the Coronavirus outbreak, I will be offering telephone or video calls. I offer morning, afternoon and evening sessions including weekend appointments.