Working creatively and uniquely with my clients is, I believe, vitally important. You come with your own individual experience and ways of being, and with your own new path to forge. My job is to attune to you to really try and understand you and then support you on your path to a better place. I deeply believe that you have the understanding and solutions within you and my role is to help you find them - in a gentle, but challenging way.
The relationship and trust between us is key - if we get on well then you are likely to work really well in your counselling! Therefore, I always offer a free initial consultation (50 mins) for you to meet me (and me you) before you commit to seeing me as your counsellor. It is a big commitment - emotionally and of course financially, but I see it an a timely investment in yourself.
As I’m sure you know - it can often take a while to trust a new person in your life, and I understand that. So, we will work together, building our trust in the first instance.
Entering counselling is an important and serious choice. We will meet regularly to work together, and will mean that some difficult things may have to be faced. But there is certainly plenty of joy to be shared along the way too. I see counselling as an inner adventure - to find the real you. It can be wonderfully liberating!
I am nearly 60 and so have a wealth of my own life experiences that have brought me to this place in time. I’d like to think that I’ve learned a few things along the way and made a significant number of mistakes too. I feel that it is a deep privilege to work with my clients and I love my work. Each client definitely teaches me new things!
Being creative is very important to me and in my therapy I like to use a variety of different methods with my clients, to suit their needs. I qualified with a diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling, which means I draw on a few different theoretical approaches, rather than be stuck in the discipline of simply one.
Recently, I’ve produced a set of Lovelli Therapy Cards which I work with as well as other images from magazines etc. I also run workshops with therapists to explore how such images can be used with clients. It can be very powerful, so we have to be gentle and sensitive in this work, but it is also great fun and rewarding.
Venue - I work in the centre of Canterbury, in a delightful and comfortable room that a small group of us (Turquoise Counselling Collective) rent from the Baptist Church. Please note - We are not part of the church.
The website for Turquoise Counselling Collective is www.turquoisecounselling.co.uk
I also work as a volunteer at a counselling agency in Canterbury.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (ABC)
Twenty + years of experience working with Re-evaluation Counselling.
I have worked with numerous clients with a variety of presenting issues - but I see every person as unique and often find that what a person comes with is often not what they eventually decide to work on. We are all complex and unravelling is a huge part of the process.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I particularly work using images and creative activities.
Photos & videos
£35 per session
Free initial meeting to work out if you feel you can work with me and that I feel competent to work with you and your issues.
If I feel that my experience doesn't match your situation, I will signpost you to a therapist who I believe has the experience.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Potentially, I am available both during the day and evenings. It does depend on the availability of the room I use though but I have encountered very few problems with this.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|