I offer one-to-one and couples counselling sessions.
I have worked successfully with male and female adult clients aged from 18 to 75, presenting with depression, anxiety, stress, loss, low confidence and self-esteem, eating disorders, trauma, anger, survivors of domestic abuse and childhood sexual abuse, and relationship issues.
With individuals, I work integratively, meaning I pull together techniques from various counselling modalities in a coherent fashion, with the person-centred approach of Carl Rogers being at the core of my practice. This requires that I put the client at the centre of all that I do: I absolutely believe that the client knows themselves far better than I do. I therefore don’t analyse or advise the client: rather I create a warm and safe environment in which the client can explore themselves and their issues, and I facilitate them coming to their own realisations and conclusions, at their own pace and depth. The client-counsellor relationship is everything in the work I do with my clients.
The model I use for couples work is based on Transactional Analysis. This theoretical framework uses the idea that two people communicate with each other from one of three ego states: Parent, Adult or Child. The ideal situation is an Adult-to-Adult transaction where both parties have their needs met. Problems occur when transactions take place between mixed ego states, or when the transactions are inconsistent with the ego state the two parties are in. This leaves one or other of the parties' with unmet needs and often results in 'game playing' to get those needs met. The role of the therapist is to observe what games are being played, to identify what unhelpful behaviours are being acted out to perpetuate the game-playing, and to model more helpful behaviours in order to break the destructive cycle which is preventing the relationship from working.
Whilst counselling is first and foremost a talking therapy, I like to work creatively, with whiteboard and flip charts, and props such as buttons and mood cards. I bring creative writing and guided readings into our practice for clients who prefer to express themselves in this way.
Like many counsellors, I have been on my own journey from a dark place to where I am today. Counselling was fundamental to my own recovery. It allowed me to discover the real me, to believe in myself and my own abilities, and to realise my full potential. I draw upon my own experience where it is appropriate to my clients. I help them rediscover the strengths and resources that they have, that we all have, and I help them create a future for themselves where they too can shine.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from Coleg Gwent in 2018.
I studied Systemic Theory and Practice (family therapy) at the University of Bath (Foundation level).
I am currently working towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of South Wales.
I have recently completed specialist training in Online and Telephone Work and Couples Counselling.
I have regularly attended training events in areas as diverse as Suicide Intervention, Domestic Abuse, Child Abuse, Eating Disorders, Creative Writing in the Therapeutic Encounter, Emotional Freedom Therapy, Mindfulness, and Chanting for Inner Peace.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
I have previously worked as a volunteer counsellor with a cognitive assistance programme and a mental health charity.
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
I offer a free initial consultation, either in person or on the phone, to see if we are happy to work together.
I offer 1 hour, one-to-one counselling sessions at £40/hour. Couples counselling is £90 for a 90 minute session.
Concessions may be available to those in receipt of benefits or otherwise experiencing financial difficulty. Please ask when making your initial appointment.
Concessions offered for
I offer counselling sessions online and at premises in Risca, nr Newport. I am not currently offering counselling in Monmouth, but hope to resume that service shortly.