How do I work?
I am a qualified person-centred integrative counsellor with creativity and spirituality at my core. This is reflected in my practice: beside exploring issues by talking about them to get a better understanding, I also use drawing, writing or visualisations to support my clients in uncovering hidden blocks and negative patterns and finding ways to overcome them. I have a strong grounding in meditation and mindfulness and focus on (self-)acceptance, (self-)compassion and releasing the past.
I also trained to use family constellation techniques in a 1-2-1 setting, which helps to understand and work through inner and outer conflicts. This technique can be part of regular counselling sessions or booked as one-off consultations.
I offer a safe space that allows you to explore any of your concerns or issues in your own time, be it short-term and very specific or long-term for a deeper exploration. My aim is to support you to find your own solutions and resilience, and ultimately to enable you to live an authentic, happy life. To make sure that you get the best out of your sessions we will review the work regularly. I also attend regular supervision to ensure that my work is done following the ethical guidelines of BACP.
Sessions are weekly and last for 50 minutes. They can take place in my practice room in Redland, where there is plenty of free parking, but unfortunately no disabled access. If sitting in a counselling room is too daunting or you simply prefer to be outdoors, there is also the possibility to meet on the Downs or at St. Andrews Park for walk-and-talk therapy. I also offer home visits in BS6 and nearby.
How can counselling help?
Counselling is a personal experience built on the trust and the relationship between client and counsellor. Working as person-centred counsellor means that I trust in your process, in your ability to find your own inner (and outer) resources and to connect with them. I support you to get more clarity about thoughts and beliefs that hold you back from living the life you want to live. As integrative counsellor I practice with a variety of theories and techniques. I will offer them when they might be helpful for you to gain understanding of unhelpful patterns of thinking, behaving or relating to others. But you decide on the pace of the work, experimenting only with techniques you feel comfortable with.
I compare counselling with treating wounds: when we step into a splinter (criticisms, attacks, hurts, trauma) it hurts, when it's touched. When we don't take it out it gets inflamed and hurts even more. At the same time it gets embedded, becoming part of ourselves.The wound needs to be exposed to light and air, to see what's going on. Counselling does that with emotional wounds. By talking the client exposes the hurt and can discover the 'splinter' that has by now turned into negative self-beliefs or unhelpful behavioural patterns. It needs courage to open up hidden places within. That’s why it is important to feel safe, understood and respected. My experience with clients has shown me that opening up and talking about ideas, fears or experiences has helped them to release them, to get things literally off their chests. This in itself has a positive, healing effect. It also frees the mind to be able to find your own solutions. Sometimes only a few sessions are enough to gain a different, more positive perspective.
What to expect in your first session?
To make sure that it feels right for you and that I will be able to help you I offer a free initial consultation of 25 minutes in my practice room or by phone. We can discuss your reason to seek help and your hopes for the outcome and find out if I am the right counsellor for you. I will explain my counselling contract which covers confidentiality, sessions and policies. You can ask me any questions you might have about the counselling process and if you have any preferences to work in a specific way, like exploring creatively or having sessions outdoors.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Foundation Degree (Sc) in Counselling , which I completed in 2014.
My Continual Professional Development Training includes:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
Family Constellation Techniques in 1-2-1 settings;
Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI),
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
I have several years experience working in the field of mental health and addiction at various settings: Womankind, Wild Goose, Alcohol Misuse Service and the Swan Project, which offers low-cost, long-term counselling for addiction and other mental health issues.
In my private practice I support people overcoming addiction, relationship issues, separation, loss, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety.
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
My fees are on sliding scale between £45 and £25 per 50 minute session, depending on income.
Counselling can take place in a variety of settings:
my practice room in Redland.
Walk and Talk on the Downs or St Andrews Park.
Home visits, which are available for BS6, Bishopston and Henleaze.
Family Constellation sessions vary in time and cost £40/hour.
I offer a free 25 minute consultation, which can be extended to a full 50 minute session for £25.
free, easy parking