I offer a safe and confidential space for clients to explore their feelings. I believe that is important for a client to feel listened to, shown empathy and not feel judged. This is a collaborative process where we work together, at your pace, to uncover difficulties with feelings, relationships, self-esteem, work, health and any other matters which are making life difficult or making you feel stuck ;exploring what may cause or trigger negative feelings/ behaviour and harmful patterns of relating to others.Being completely present and allowing a client space to express/explore feelings are important as well as working to reduce anxiety through breathing techniques and mindfulness.
Where appropriate we will look at past events that may have influenced present habits and behaviours which are not working for you. Patterns of behaviour towards ourselves and others can often to be hard to break. The first step is awareness of these patterns and then working towards letting them go.
I have been in therapy myself throughout difficult periods in my life so I know the benefits of having someone support me when going through these times. It is often hard to ask for help, but it is the first sign that something needs to change and a willingness to want to change. In addition, I am from a mixed background so I have a good understanding of cultural issues and how these can also cause feelings of aloneness,stress and confusion.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling at Level 5 .
I work with an integrative model , Person centred counselling (working with the here and now), Psychodynamic ( using the past to inform the present ), Gestalt ( observing breathing and the body to inform what is happening with our emotions and CBT ( having goals and targets and changing negative thought patterns) , depending what the clients needs are.
I have undertaken various training sessions in bereavement, trauma and cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy.
In addition I have a few years experience working with clients experiencing bereavement at a Bereavement charity and also at Mind, the mental health charity . There I worked with clients who had a range of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, lack of self-worth, relationship /family issues, stress. These clients were of all different ages and nationalities.
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
One 50 minute session is £ 50.00
I also offer concessions for students and those on a low income.
Evenings and weekends.