How counselling can help?
Whether dealing with depression, anxiety, loss etc, counselling can help you make sense of feelings and sow the seeds of change. Counselling provides a place for you to express your fears and anxieties and enables you to develop resilience and hope for the future. Most importantly, a place for you to be yourself and feel heard.
Counselling is a transformative process that can involve looking within and digging deep, and that takes courage. With this in mind, it is important that you find the right counsellor. It may be me, or it may be someone else. If it is me, you will be met with warmth and friendliness from the outset.
How I work
The counselling space is collaborative, and the therapeutic relationship is at the heart of our work together. This is a place for you to express what is troubling you and enable you to develop resilience and hope for the future. Sessions could involve looking at the past and how it impacts the present or exploring difficulties you face in the here-and-now. I will never take you anywhere you are not ready to go and be guided by you and the pace that you set.
My practice is grounded in person-centred values which means I provide a compassionate, genuine, and accepting space where I believe you hold the capacity to grow. However, my integrative training means I incorporate a range of theories to suit each individual.
My counselling is holistic. I believe in working with every aspect of a person from their mind, body, and spirit to the conscious and unconscious parts waiting to be explored.
I am a fully insured BACP registered counsellor. I am passionate about equality and believe in treating people equally, regardless of their background, race or culture. I am an LGBTQIA+ ally. I have always been passionate about supporting others. My desire to train as a counsellor came from experiencing personal struggles and high sensitivity and anxiety. As a child, I was diagnosed with ADD and as a consequence understand the impact that learning difficulties and disabilities can have. When I am not counselling, I love being creative, active and experiencing the benefits of meditation and connecting with nature to unwind.
Training, qualifications & experience
I also volunteer at The Swan Project in Bristol, an agency that provides therapy for people with complex trauma and addiction. I also have experience working with bereavement and loss, suicide and self-harm, and a variety of disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder. I have volunteered at Bristol Drugs Project in their Health Harm Reduction Centre, where I saw first-hand the lasting effect trauma can have on a person's life and wellbeing.
Training and qualifications
I trained in integrative counselling, which included cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic and humanistic approaches (including transactional analysis, person-centred, Gestalt, existential and transpersonal therapies) as well as creative therapies, ecotherapy, and an understanding of neuroscience.
- Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling (levels 4 and 5) at the University of Worcester and Iron Mill College
- Certificate in Counselling (level 3) at Iron Mill College
- Introduction to Counselling (level 1) at City Lit College
- Online and Telephone Counselling Course
- BACP Stage One - Introduction to Counselling Children and Young People
- Therapeutic Storytelling
- Addiction and Harm Reduction
- Understanding Sex Addiction from a Bio Psychosocial Perspective
- Working with Shame
- Bereavement and Loss
- Working with Difference and Diversity
- Certificate in Meditation
- ACTivate your Practice (Part 1) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
I regularly undertake CPD days to enhance my skills and keep up to date.
I am a registered member of the BACP where I adhere to their code of ethics. I am also a member of Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Private Practice (CAPPP) in Bristol and Counsellors Together.
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
From £35.00 to £45.00
Free initial online session
I offer a free initial consultation of 30 minutes where you can ask me questions and see if I am the right counsellor for you and if we can work together. If you wish to start with me, I will go through the contract and GDPR policy and we can arrange a time to meet.
The first session
This is a chance for us to get to know each other and for you to explore in more detail what is troubling you. I will never take you anywhere you are not ready to go and will check in with you regularly about how you feel therapy is going.
Sessions last 60 minutes.