I have a friendly and relaxed approach and will welcome, without judgement, all parts of you. I am continually amazed by the healing power of a trust based, genuine and unconditionally supportive relationship and I strive to offer this to every client I work with. Like many therapists, seeking my own therapy opened my eyes to its magic and I continue to feel awe and humility in light of what can occur within a therapeutic space and at the lasting impact it can have.
I class myself as an integrative therapist with a person centred heart. This means I call upon a variety of psychotherapy models (depending on the needs and wishes of each client), but I hold the key values of empathy and unconditional positive regard for each client closely, alongside offering a genuine sense of myself. My role is to offer and facilitate a space that gives you the freedom to be with yourself; to meet and explore your honest heart, to become more familiar with, and perhaps even embrace, all parts of yourself - including the parts that feel difficult to talk about - the 'good' and the 'bad'.
You will be invited to give expression to your thoughts and emotions and in return will be met with non-judgemental compassion. I observe, I offer these observations lightly, I ask questions and I listen closely to my own intuition, but I believe fully that you are the expert in your own life and as such I will never claim to 'know better', nor will I dictate your process or speed.
In my personal and professional experience, therapy often leads to a greater understanding of the self as a whole person and offers enhanced and empowered decision making for the future. It can open the door to living with intent and with greater purpose.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked closely with teenagers and young adults since 2007 and have experience working with older adults at the charity, Mind. I welcome contact from clients of any age or background.
My clients have brought a variety of difficulties, often presenting in a variety of different ways, including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, stress, relationship problems, repetitive behaviours, low self-esteem, sexuality exploration, addiction, bereavement, disconnection from self, self harm, suicidal thoughts, trauma, attachment issues, self doubt/dislike/loathing, confusion, maternal/paternal difficulties, fertility issues... The list is endless and very human. Having a safe space to engage in self exploration can be life changing for ourselves and those around us.
I began my career as a secondary school teacher before retraining as a postgraduate person centred counsellor and psychotherapist (level 7). I was always fascinated by the person behind the pupil and honouring that now, working in this manner, is a privilege. I have also completed training in the Penn Resilience Programme, which is evidence based and focuses on building resilience, well-being and optimism in all walks of life.
I have a keen interest in the developmental years and how our earliest relationships and experiences play their role in molding our character, self belief, self view, decision making and relationship responses. I also believe fully in a stance that asks "what happened to you?" rather than "what's wrong with you?", underpinned by research into adverse childhood experiences.
I hold an enhanced DBS certificate and I am an individual member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). As such, I follow their code for ethical practice and my work is supervised as required by the BACP as a regulatory body. I also engage in annual safeguarding and child protection training and work closely with the local CAMHS team.
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
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Our sessions are typically an hour long and held at the same time each week for consistency.
My availability is currently limited to Thursday mornings, but I hope to be able to offer additional days in the future.
My therapy room has a peaceful atmosphere and is based at The Herbarium in the heart of Lancaster. The room has its own entrance and exit, offering privacy. I find a sense of connection is what matters most and I invite us to meet and openly look at our 'fit' before we commit to working together. We have the option of first meeting online or speaking on the telephone, whichever feels most comfortable.
My availability is currently limited to Thursday mornings and sessions are usually once a week for one hour.
If you would like to make contact, please email me.