I believe that having someone genuinely listen to you non-judgmentally, is highly valuable, whether you are 10 or 80 years old. Moreover, I believe that when the listener is a professional counsellor, with both years of training and experience, then it can be both valuable AND life-changing.
What makes a person feel valuable is for them to feel that they count and are important and the way to help them in this is to listen openly to their thoughts, feelings and worries.
What helps a person to make changes in their lives is never to be told what to do - advice rarely works - but to be able to understand better why they are in the place or situation that they are in and to gain knowledge and confidence about how to make things better.
As a counsellor, my role is to help facilitate this and also help you to gain strength and resilience to make those changes work for you and to permanently improve your life.
My model of counselling is integrational. This comprises a Person-Centred and humanistic approach to help you in your quest for understanding and strength and then a Cognitive Behavioral approach which will help you to sort out your thoughts and feelings and understand which are true and helpful and get rid of those which are negative and with which we often get trapped.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an honours degree in therapeutic counselling and have trained extensively in Cognitive Behavioral Techniques and have been working in counselling since 2010.
My work experience has specialised in young people (age 10 -24) and I also spent 5 years working with sexual abuse at a SARC centre (sexual assault referral centre) in Gloucester.
I have received training and work experience in bereavement, LGBT issues, depression, anxiety, OCD and phobia management.
I am a registered member of the BACP and currently work for the CLD trust in Hereford.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
My fee is £40.00 per session but offer a half fee (£20.00) introductory session so that we can meet and explore whether we feel compatible. I feel that this is essential as a successful outcome in therapy is dependent upon a collaborative therapeutic relationship.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
At the moment my working day for private clients will be wednesdays. There is a possibility of Friday afternoon or weekends.
Types of client