I am a professional counsellor with a gentle, calm and empathic approach to my clients. My belief is that if people who are experiencing difficulties in their lives are able to talk to someone who treats them with openness and respect, in a safe and confidential environment, then they can find their own way forward.
Sometimes people find themselves so stressed and anxious that they have difficulty in disentangling the threads that make up the whole problem. I will help you separate the threads so that the problem and the solutions become clearer.
I have experience of working with a wide range of problems including depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, relationship issues, family issues, separation and divorce, addiction, anger management and bereavement.
Work with Eating Disorders
I have a particular interest in Eating Disorders including Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa and Binge-Eating Disorder. Eating disorders can be devastating for sufferers and can destroy the kind of life a person wants to live, affecting work, relationships, friendships and family life. For many people an eating disorder is something they suffer with in secret, ashamed of their relationship with food. However, this need not be the case. By exploring an eating disorder in the counselling environment and looking at the different areas that might be maintaining the disorder, huge changes can be made.
Work with Young People
In my capacity as a University Counsellor I work extensively with the 18 to 25 year old age group and am familiar with the kind of problems that this age group encounter. I have helped young people grow in confidence, self-esteem and motivation and this has lead to an improvement in both academic work and employment opportunities.
Work with Addiction
Having worked for an East Anglia charity dealing specifically in alcohol dependency I can offer help and support for people struggling with this particular problem and other addictions. When working with addictions I use not only counselling skills but also a number of motivational techniques.
Stress in the Workplace
Stress at work can severely affect how a person functions. Work issues can be insidious, they can range from vague feelings of being undermined or deskilled to a feeling that the pressure to work harder and harder or for longer and longer hours is intolerable. As a counsellor for staff in a large institution I can offer help sorting out boundaries and help people recognise what changes might be needed to make their time in the workplace happier and more satisfying.
Relationship and Couples Counselling
People may experience difficulty in a relationship for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes it is a specific problem that needs attention but it could equally be that for some reason that isn't initially obvious, a relationship just isn't working in the way it used to. Whatever the situation I will try and help.
Sometimes the relationship that is in difficulty is that of a couple but equally it can be the relationship between a parent and child, siblings, colleagues or even friends. It can be extremely helpful to have a third party provide a neutral space where intense feelings can be explored and communication can be re-established.
I work from a peaceful and comfortable counselling room in the village of Sudbourne, near Woodbridge, Suffolk
Training, qualifications & experience
Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling - University of East Anglia
Advanced Diploma in Eating Disorders and Obesity - National Centre for Eating Disorders, Surrey
Certificate in Counselling Supervision (BACP Endorsed)
Post-Graduate Certificate of Education - University of Surrey
BA (Hons) - University College London
Since finishing my diploma I have practiced as a Counsellor, working as part of the Counselling Service at the University of East Anglia and working for NORCAS, an East Anglia based charity that helps people overcome addictive behaviours.
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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