I have worked as a counsellor and as a psychotherapist since 2001. In addition to working with problems including depression, anxiety and low self-esteem, I also have an interest in Autism and Aspergers.
I am particularly keen to provide a safe space in which my clients can explore long held feelings of being ‘different’, of being tolerated but not fully accepted, of feeling dissatisfied, disappointed and exhausted by the effort required in trying to continuously please others. It is usually a relief to realise you are not alone in feeling like this and that it is possible to find your preferred way of being in the world and to decide to stop feeling the need to justify being your authentic self.
Unfortunately, it is often the case that autistic adults have had a poor experience of counselling and psychotherapy where the professional has not had sufficient understanding of the ways in which the world looks so very different to their autistic client. I have a particular interest in supporting adults who find they are struggling to come to terms with what it means to be autistic and the support I offer is very different to that which my clients tell me they have experienced elsewhere.
I understand the anxiety people have in acknowledging they may need the help of a professional and in making that initial contact, but I have many years of experience and promise there is no need to feel this way.
I'm very happy to have an informal chat if you would like to know more about how I may be able to help. Please get in touch (email, text or phone) to arrange a free initial 30 minute, no obligation consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
Psychology BSc (hons)
Dip TA Counselling
Ongoing training, Integrative Psychotherapy
Ongoing study & research at the Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50 per hour
A limited number of concessions are available to clients most in need but unable to afford the full cost of therapy.
My specialist interest in autism is supported through my ongoing study and research at the Autism Centre at Sheffield Hallam University and through continuous, ongoing training in Integrative Psychotherapy and its application with autism spectrum.