Many of us go through times in our lives when things feel difficult and often we find ways to manage and get through them, but sometimes it can all feel like too much to cope with. If you are experiencing feelings that are overwhelming, or too difficult or too painful to bear, or that you are just feeling lost and stuck and don’t know what to do, it can be helpful to talk confidentially to someone who can explore with you what you are going through.
I have been working for over 8 years, in the NHS and in private practice, with adults and young people from diverse backgrounds who are finding it hard to work through their emotions associated with depression, anxiety, bereavement and loss, amongst other complex issues. I can offer you the time and a safe space for us to work together, for as long as it is helpful, to enable you to come to some understanding about your feelings and find a way for you to move forward in your life.
Following my initial training as a nurse, and alongside my teaching career, I qualified with an MA in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling. I work with both brief and open-ended counselling and I can offer sensitive, empathic and compassionate support to those whose experience of grief and loss is not resolving and is causing distress which impacts on daily living. In my private practice I support clients with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and self-worth and other emotional issues which arise from relationship and health problems. I work mainly psychodynamically, using an attachment perspective with my clients, with the view that the way we develop is influenced by our childhood experiences of being loved and nurtured and that this affects how we cope with emotional distress and loss. The nature of those early attachments relationships, which may, or may not, have been secure enough to allow the individual to develop the ability to be resilient determines how we respond to stressful events. The counselling relationship can be a place to build that resilience and the sense of self-worth that may have been missing.
I also use the Counselling for Depression model, incorporating Person Centred and Emotion Focused approaches into the therapy and work collaboratively with clients to build a relationship of trust, valuing them unconditionally and accepting them for who they are. In the therapeutic relationship that we build together, clients may experience a safe place where they can explore their feelings in depth in order to make sense of them, find their own resources to heal themselves and move forward in their lives. Whist it is essential for clients to feel that they are able to open up to me in the counselling room for the therapy to be effective, I am conscious of the need to work safely and ethically to protect them and I do this by adhering to the BACP Ethical Framework. I can’t promise to solve clients’ problems, but I can help them to find their own ways to accept and live with what is causing them their present distress. My work with clients has been, and continues to be, a most challenging, yet rewarding and fulfilling field of work and one that I feel enormously privileged to be a part of.
Training, qualifications & experience
State Registered Nurse 1981
BSc Psychology (Hons) 1984
MA in Education 2002
Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling 2010
MA in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling 2010
I have worked within the NHS as a Bereavement Counsellor for 8 years and offer IAPT Counselling for Depression
I have established private practice since 2014 working with adults and young people who experience bereavement, loss, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship and health problems.
I continue to teach in a Further Education College where, for the past 26 years, part of my role is to offer pastoral care and support to young people .
My Nursing experience included working with patients and their families in intensive care and in an oncology unit, where I cared for patients with terminal illnesses, and as a Nurse Practitioner delivering primary health care with General Practitioners for patients with physical and mental health needs.
The wide range of professional experiences, knowledge and skills which I have acquired enhances my ability to work with clients' diverse needs and to relate to the issues that they bring. I have regular supervision to support my work and use this, along with CPD, to maintain and develop my counselling practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
£50 per session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client