Counselling can mean many different things to many different people; fundamentally, I see it as the meeting of two people to explore deeper feelings, emotions and ways of being surrounding a whole number of varied issues, concerns and past experiences.
As a person-centred counsellor, I employ Carl Rogers' core conditions of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard in all that I do. Empathy is seen as attempting to understand the thoughts and feelings as the client experiences them, simplified as: ‘walking in someone else’s shoes’. Congruence is the art of being real, warm and genuine, valuing the client for who they are. Unconditional positive regard allows a client to fully open up and speak about their difficulties in their own time, without fear of being criticised or judged by the counsellor.
I have worked with a wide range of client issues including anxiety, low confidence and self-esteem, trauma, depression, self-harm, bereavement and loss, physical and learning disabilities, sexual and gender identity, suicidal intentions and general feelings of low mood and loneliness. As well as allowing clients to talk through their feelings, I have also employed creative techniques including free drawing, letter writing, poetry and songwriting, play scriptwriting and sand tray work.
I believe that counselling is vital for a person to discover themselves at a deeper level, moving beyond a comfortable standard of understanding towards a higher comprehension of their unique personality and being.
Training, qualifications & experience
I currently work within a number of secondary schools and colleges in my local area, delivering 1:1 counselling to students, as well as working in private practice.
I am trained in person-centred counselling through Strode College, Street and have completed training courses in:
- Couples Counselling
- Email Skills for Counsellors
- Attachment and Brain Development
- Impulsive Behaviour
- Emotion Coaching
- Understanding Sexual Violence and Responding to Disclosure
- Asperger's in the Therapy Room
- The Making of Mental Illness
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: How Can Therapy Help?
- Anxiety and Attachment
- Introduction to Sandtray Therapy
- Interagency Child Protection
- Supporting Patients with Low Self-Esteem & Lack of Confidence
- Telephone Counselling
- The Effects of Attachment Styles on Teenagers
- Supporting Clients with Eating Disorders
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
I offer a free 30 minute session for any new clients so that we can meet and discuss the service they would like me to provide, with no obligation to begin paid sessions after that.
My typical fee is £40 for a 50 minute session, although I am willing to negotiate where my client feels it is necessary.
I also offer student discounts, and some discounts for unemployed clients.
I work from two counselling spaces, both of which are located in rural locations. Timsbury and Radstock can be easily reached from Bath, Bristol, Somerset and Wiltshire. There are buses from all four locations too and car parking is also available. It is also wheelchair accessible.
I can travel for your convenience, providing it is a reasonable distance, but I am always happy to discuss this and perhaps negotiate a useful location for both of us.
However, I am also trained in counselling by email and believe that this too can be an accessible means of counselling.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Offering Sunday sessions as well as some weekday evenings. Please email, call or text for more information.
Types of client