I offer Counselling, Psychotherapy and Personal development work within a safe and friendly therapeutic relationship.
Currently I am working on the telephone or on Zoom video-conferencing.
I look forwards to resuming face to face work when that becomes safe for us.
My approach is informed by many years of transformational work, by my life experiences and by my training in Integrative Psychotherapy. I describe it as holistic, paying attention to all aspects of what it is to be human; physical, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual. I work in awareness of all these aspects being interlinked and important in our overall sense of well-being and wholeness.
Sometimes the work together will be for a few weeks or months, attending to a specific issue. Sometimes it will be more long term, attending to deeper issues and concerns.
I know that as human beings, we all have the potential to transform, with healing from the impacts of adverse life events, even if these have been many years or decades ago. The main aim is always, ultimately, to increase your sense of well-being, as you live your life today.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have always worked in the helping professions. For many years i worked in the NHS as a doctor and also as a clinical manager. This gave me extensive knowledge of physical ill-health and how to support people with health challenges.
I worked for some years in a hospice in end of life care, which at its' best offers a completely holistic approach to patients and their families. It is a time when there can be existential questions around and when a persons spiritual beliefs may be explored and honoured. At this time i undertook Interfaith studies exploring the worlds' faith traditions. It is a privilege to be alongside people in their spiritual explorations and i welcome this in therapy too.
I have trained in the Enneagram which is a comprehensive tool or system which supports personal development and transformation. It describes nine personality types each with their own characteristics, traits and psychological structure. This can be combined with therapy if a person finds it interesting and useful.
My initial therapy qualification was a diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. I am continuing on a further diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy. My continuing professional development includes trainings to support my special interests in Trauma and Body Psychotherapy and in a therapeutic approach called Internal Family Systems (IFS). I also have special interest in the personality trait of HSP (highly sensitive person or high sensory processing) and beneficial ways with which to be with this in the world.
My various trainings and interests, along with my life and work experiences, enable me to offer a depth and range of support to people with different backgrounds and life challenges.
In my personal life i enjoy the local countryside, hiking or walking the dog, or open water swimming. I enjoy spending time with my two grown up children and their families.
I know it can be difficult making first approaches in choosing your therapist and how important it is to find the right person to work with. I can offer an initial no cost phone or Zoom call for this to be explored.
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
Initial 30 minute exploratory conversation, free of charge.
Thereafter £50 per one hour session.
From a client:
“Through counselling and psychotherapy, Sian has supported me on many different levels, from making changes to the way in which I manage my day to day anxiety through to major life changes including marriage, bereavements and redundancy.
Sian adopts gentle but effective methods of opening up deeper thoughts and conversations, providing an impartial but caring listening ear and encouraging emotive self awareness.
Handled with a kind and compassionate approach, Sian instills both self confidence and self belief in a very personable, client led way.
For me, Sian has been an outreaching hand in the darkness.”