I am a warm and caring counsellor with experience in working for the NHS as well as being in a role in placement, helping women who are recovering from addictions, trauma, and unhealthy relationships. I offer a confidential and safe space to explore what might be troubling you.
I have trained as an integrative counsellor, which enables me to help people in different ways. My approach uses awareness and exploration of early life experiences to identify and learn from what might be happening in the here and now. I use empathy and non- judgement when listening to my clients. The placements I have worked in have given me a rich experience of understanding how we can make unhelpful choices in life and how to turn them around and learn from them.
I am particularly interested in helping people who may be trapped in unhealthy relationships. I am familiar with the dynamics of a narcissistic and co-dependent relationship and can offer a set of sessions which includes pattern changing theories. This can be effective in helping clients learn how to identify negative patterns, set boundaries, learn about the dynamics that keep them trapped in these patterns and then identify healthier relationships and learn how to attract them into their lives.
My experience in working with survivors of trauma has been invaluable and I notice how often trauma leads to addiction and am passionate about helping people recover from this in a non-judgemental way. I think validation of a client’s experience is vital in recovery.
I work online with video calling and also with the telephone. I have the use of a room in Plymouth.
Training, qualifications & experience
Levels 2,3 and the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling at Heartwood in Dartington, Devon.
Online Counselling and Telephone Course with the Counselling Tutor, 80 hours.
Outreach Pattern Changing course. Exeter
Placement with Counsellors South West an agency serving the NHS
Placement with Trevi House in Plymouth counselling women in recovery from addiction and trauma.
Private practice specialising in the dynamics of unhealthy relationships. Narcissism and Co-dependency.
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
I use IAPT and International Trauma forms in the first session to gauge areas that may need attention extra support. These are forms used in the organisations I have worked for, it can be helpful to use them at the beginning of the sessions and at the end.