Hello and a warm welcome
I'd like to explore with you whether we may work together: at the moment I am only seeing clients online but I am hoping that as the Covid situation eases we will be able to meet in person if that's what you would prefer.
- Perhaps the current social distancing situation is triggering feelings of anxiety, depression, low motivation or even disorientation and you wish to process them and learn new ways to feel calmer, less anxious and more resilient in your day to day life.
- Memories from a time when freedom to do as you wished was controlled, e.g. in the context of an abusive relationship, are being triggered and you are feeling distraught.
- Maybe you have lost a loved one recently and are feeling sad and grieving your loss; or being unable to meet with significant others is leaving you feeling alone and isolated.
- Perhaps you finally have the time to start addressing long-standing issues which have been impacting your life for a while, like low self-esteem or low self-confidence.
- It could be that you are having relationship problems and need a space of your own to process what's going on and make better informed decisions, as we explore unhelpful patterns that you may be repeating, whilst helping you develop new ways of relating to others and yourself.
- Or you may be feeling unhappy in your life in general and want to work out why...
Whatever is troubling you, I am deeply committed to our work together, so you can be certain of my dedication to do my very best to support you with warmth and respect in your healing journey.
How I work - As a counsellor/psychotherapist I believe each client is unique and, as such, demands an individual therapeutic approach to address their problems. Therefore, I aim at providing a therapeutic experience that is individually tailored to you. This means remaining open and responsive to your unique needs, wants and preferences which may change over the course of the therapeutic process. I believe you have within you the answers you seek, and I provide you with a facilitative environment for these to emerge, alongside you, in an equal, respectful partnership, and within a completely private and confidential setting.
I work in a gentle, empathic and non-directive manner, in which a genuine, caring, warm and non-judgmental presence is fundamental to the way I practice. This forms the basis for our relationship, as I listen to you with care and attention, including to those parts of you which may be difficult to talk about. We will work at your own pace, giving you the time, space and tools that you need to process whatever is problematic, distressing and challenging for you. I believe that it is our relationship that ultimately heals, promotes change and good therapeutic outcomes.
My Theoretical Background and Practical Skills - I practice within a person-centred pluralistic framework. I draw from several therapeutic models to best address your needs and goals for the therapy, making the best use of my knowledge and experience not only as a counsellor but also as a fellow human being. In conjunction with the Person-Centred approach, I use primarily the Hakomi method which is a mindfulness, somatic and present experience-based approach.
Additionally, I make use of art therapy (e.g. drawing, painting, making collages, using figurines, etc) to facilitate the expressing and making sense of ideas, feelings and experiences that are often hard to put into words.
We will discover together the most helpful strategies to explore your difficulties, in a safe and creative manner at any one time, and to work effectively towards achieving your goals. My approach is holistic so I take into consideration not only what’s going on for you at an emotional level but also physically and spiritually (if meaningful for you), as our therapeutic work unfolds.
How Counselling could work for you - Our work together could mean looking into your history (if appropriate), at your thoughts, feelings, reactions and behaviours. Unhelpful patterns, of which you may not yet be aware may emerge, as well as beliefs that underpin the way you deal with certain situations and relate to others. These can be made sense of in the context of your life and challenged, so that new, more helpful perspectives of relating to yourself, others and your life circumstances can be found.
This process leads to a greater understanding of you as a whole person so that hopefully you will feel more empowered to make your own choices. Clients report feeling more whole, and having greater resilience, self-acceptance and -confidence as a result, which leads to being better able to manage their difficulties more effectively.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training - I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy, therefore the core of my therapeutic work is based on person-centred philosophy. I am a Registered Member of the BACP. As such I follow their code for ethical practice and my work is supervised, as required by this regulatory body.
I am fully committed to my own personal & professional development and continually update my knowledge through reading, supervision, discussions with peers and by attending training workshops on a variety of topics and approaches to complement my therapeutic skills. As a former scientist, I am very interested in the various theories about the psychotherapeutic process and how our mind works, therefore my practice is underpinned by a solid and extensive body of knowledge, e.g. in the fields of neuroscience, trauma recovery and attachment theory. Having an incisive and analytical mind means that I can help clients towards greater understanding of their difficulties and their causes and find direction for positive change with greater objectivity, clarity and focus.
Work Experience - I have worked as a counsellor since 2012, with adults. I currently work privately, face to face and online, and as a volunteer for a local counselling charity. I have, therefore, ample experience with clients from different backgrounds, ethnicity, age, and with a very wide range of presenting issues. I have a special interest in developmental trauma and the impact of adverse childhood events, and have successfully assisted clients in making sense of their early experiences to overcome and heal the wounds and difficulties that can arise as a result, later in life.
I have also lived with chronic illness for most of my life; thus, I believe I have a deep understanding of what it means to live a life within the constraints, challenges and questions that chronic illness poses. I can offer empathy and support to clients wishing to explore their experiences of chronic (or otherwise) illness as they discover for themselves how to lead a fulfilling life, despite their circumstances.
I am comfortable exploring sexuality and gender issues as well as spirituality, suicide, death and dying (whether from a spiritual or secular perspective).
Meditation & Mindfulness - I am an experienced meditator and use mindfulness practices to help clients manage distressing symptoms e.g. panic attacks, feelings and emotions (such as those associated with trauma, anxiety, depression, PTDS, etc.), and to promote deep relaxation. I can also guide clients in establishing a meditation practice if we decide this would be useful and appeals to them.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Developmental trauma; historic child abuse.
From £40.00 to £60.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I work on a sliding scale and leave it to the client to decide what is appropriate for them to pay, according to their income.
I offer a no-obligation, free 30 minute session to meet and discuss if we might work well together. You are welcome to contact me, and I am very happy to answer any questions you may have and/or to explore if counselling is right for you at this point in time.
Between 9.30am and 5pm. Weekend sessions also available. Sessions last 1hr, usually weekly or fortnightly, at the same time, and I work short- or long-term.
I live on the A6, a 20’ walk from central Lancaster. There is a regular bus service from the town centre to (nearly) my doorstep and also parking in front of the house and neighbouring streets. Although the counselling room is on the ground floor, unfortunately there are several steps leading from the street to the house, making it unsuitable to those with mobility issues. For those who cannot physically access the house, I can offer online counselling.