Welcome, I'm an experienced counsellor providing general counselling, couples counselling, addictions counselling and somatic trauma therapy to adolescents, individuals and couples.
Sometimes in life problems may seem insurmountable or overwhelming and like things are falling apart. We have busy lives and a tendancy to ignore our wellbeing until we become overwhelmed, burnt out, and so exhausted that everyday life becomes a struggle. Feelings of being stuck, unfulfilled, or a slave to our past can prevent us from experiencing contentment in the present. I find most people like to have a balance between talking about the past and achieving change in the here and now. You may have complete clarity about why you are seeking counselling, or the reason could be less obvious.
How counselling can help:-
Sometimes people find it easier to talk to a counsellor than their family or friends about personal issues, especially if the problem feels it is with the people closest to us - in our interpersonal relationships. The relationship between counsellor and client differs from our every day relationships by offering you the opportunity for self exploration without the need to conform or sensor through fear of ridicule or reprisal, which can help you to gain insight in the ways you think and feel and come to understand yourself better. This awareness can help you to make changes that make you feel better about who you are and how you live your life and can improve the quality of your relationships significantly. You may even find that as you change, grow and heal, the way people relate to you changes also. Some things in life cannot be changed, no matter how much we wish that was true. Counselling can also help to provide acceptance for the things in our lives that we have to live with.
What I work with:-
I work with a wide range of challenges such as anxiety, stress, life transitions, loss and bereavement, relationship difficulties, family problems, trust issues, recovering from betrayal/affairs etc alongside more specialist counselling for alcohol, drugs, addictive behaviour, trauma and Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD). Please see my website for a more detailed explanation of my specialist counselling services.
What to expect in a first session :-
At our first session we usually discuss the reasons you are seeking counselling, any previous experiences of counselling and what you did/didn’t like about it. We also spend some time exploring what you hope to gain from counselling and what you would like to have achieved by the time our work together comes to an end.
I will also provide some space for you to find out about my approach and how I work, alongside my training and counselling experience. Whilst some people might feel desperate to start immediately, it is also not unusual to have some reservations or hesitancy to start counselling so I also like to offer opportunity to explore any concerns/fears you might have.
The initial session is as much about you getting a sense of me as a person and a counsellor, as it is about me getting a sense of what you are looking for. Finding the right therapist is integral to the success of the therapy, and whilst like any relationship if takes time to build trust and connection, you should by the end of the first session know if I’m someone you would like to see again. I encourage to go with your gut instinct whether that’s a yes or a no.
With this in mind I offer a free 20 minute session via zoom for you to see if I feel like the right fit for you.
If you have any further questions please do feel free to contact me by:-
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered and Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Accredited members of the BACP have completed a rigorous application and assessment process in order to become accredited.
I hold a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling and Level 4 Diploma in Person Centred Counselling alongside a Degree in Addictions Counselling through the University of Bath.
I am trained in the Gottman Method approach to work with couples.
I have undertaken significant training to work safely with trauma, completing various training courses, Complex Trauma Certification Level 1 & 2 with Janina Fisher, and a certified Advanced Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents course. I am currently training in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) which is a powerful psychotherapy designed to help people recover from traumatic events in their lives. I will be offering EMDR from January 2022.
12 week training undertaken to work with young people who have been bereaved.
Fully insured with an up to date enhanced DBS.
Please see my website for a more detailed explanation of my training, experience and continued professional development.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial online session
Individual counselling £50.00
Couples counselling £65.00
Mondays 9.30am - 3.00pm
Tuesdays 5.00pm - 8.00pm
Thursdays 9.30am - 3.00pm
Friday 9.30am - 3.00pm
I’m currently developing a workshop that involves psychosocial education on trauma and the autonomic nervous system alongside trauma aware yoga and movement.
I am also developing another workshop that incorporates all of the above with a section on addiction/destructive behaviour.
More details to follow