How can counselling help?
We live in a society that is increasingly busy, at times stressful and anxiety inducing. Whilst we are no longer being chased by a sabre tooth tiger, our brains often perceive modern day stresses in the same way and respond to the threat, leading to symptoms of anxiety.
I became a therapist and I am very passionate about working with clients to increase understanding and manage symptoms of anxiety and depression. In addition, finding ways to take care of yourself, increase your self-esteem and in doing so build personal resilience enabling you to live your best life and the best version of you.
Initial introductions and the space for you to tell your story are an opportunity for you to begin to experience the essence of the therapeutic relationship and how therapy can help you to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in a safe and supportive environment.
What to expect in your first session?
Our first session together aims to provide you with a warm welcome into the therapy space that we will share together. We will exchange basic introductions and you will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss your expectations of therapy and start to explore your therapy goals in a supportive environment. This will be at a pace led by you, for you. I will discuss with you the ethical basis and safeguarding framework that envelops our work together.
I am able to offer face to face therapy, outdoor therapy and also via Zoom or telephone.
I have a background as a Registered General Nurse and during my nursing career, I spent many years working within Oncology and caring for patients and their families coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis and managing loss and grief. This experience helped me to develop my understanding of how impactful a physical diagnosis is and the psychological scars that are left behind, but unseen.
For some of my career, I worked as a Lead Dementia Nurse. The impact of this disease on the brain is devastating for both the patient and loved ones around them. This illness is often greatly misunderstood, as is the impact of the diagnosis upon the individual and their loved ones.
Many people are touched by ill health and this impacts not only physically but can also affect us emotionally and impact negatively on our mental health. With my knowledge and experiences, I feel that I am able to offer psychological support and understanding of managing these emotions and a space to explore these together.
My theoretical Psychotherapeutic frame and emphasis is both Integrative therapy and Transactional Analysis. I find using different models of therapy offers options that best fit the needs of the client. I work with both long and short-term contracts.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Integrative & Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy Working with Adults
Certificate in Interpersonal Neurobiology.
I have worked as a therapist since 2018 and I also have 33 years in a nursing background with experience of physical conditions that impact emotional wellbeing.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Weekends are considered an option.
These are just some of the issues I work with; anxiety, depression, relationship support, building self-esteem, traumatic life events, grief and loss, physical conditions that impact on emotional wellbeing.
Flexible hours Monday to Thursday including evenings.
Weekends are also considered an option.