I work as an integrative counsellor, currently in private practice, after ten years in the voluntary sector. I tailor my approach according to the need of the individual, some of which I describe below, and welcome requests for a specific “style” or focus.
How it works:
Talking to an objective, but empathic therapist in a confidential setting, is often very helpful.Counselling can be an opportunity to clarify your thoughts, feelings and beliefs and express your emotions safely and appropriately.Please don't worry if you're not clear what the issue is; a general sense of unhappiness is a common experience.I will offer you the opportunity to tell your difficulties, dilemmas and experiences, whatever they may be, in a way that makes you feel heard and understood, without criticism, advice or pressure.
I can offer a variety of ideas drawn from other psychotherapeutic practices, to help you explore and share your feelings further. These include the roles and views you hold of yourself, body, mind and behaviour connections, relaxation techniques, family attachment dynamics, social context, relationships, and the chance to discover a different perspective on the issues you bring.
I cannot offer any "magical" solutions; rather, I can support the person you are, and hope to help you rediscover your unique and special self, together with your inner strengths and resilience.
I adhere to the ethical guidelines of my professional body, attend regular supervision, and enjoy personal and professional development sessions to enhance my practice.
What to do next:
You can phone or email me to set up an appointment. The details to do so are available on this website. Please note that I check my work phone regularly and need to know if it's ok for me to phone you back, or leave a message.
The First Session:
The first session involves getting to know each other a little, and includes:
- What you hope to gain from our sessions.
- A general lifestyle/wellbeing assessment.
- Signing a written agreement about confidentiality, and exclusions to this.
- How I practice/what to expect.
- Deciding when we can meet and frequency.
- Payment and cancellation policy.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. The Academy: Sheffield Psychotherapy and Counselling Education, S.P.A.C.E.)
- Foundations of Counselling: The Academy: S.P.A.C.E.
- Cruse Bereavement Care Course
- Cruse Bereavement Groupwork Course
- Domestic Abuse Awareness Course. Pathways Family Support Centre.
- N.H.S. Staff Support Services
- Psychodramatic Bodywork (R) Courses: Jonathan Salisbury (Susan Aaron©)
- Registered General Nurse and Midwife.
- Enhanced D.B.S. certificate
- Accredited Member of National Counselling Society. MNCS (Accred)
- Professional and Public Liability Insurance.(P.P.S.)
In addition to my years in counselling, I have a wealth of life and professional healthcare experience to offer, have a good sense of humour and really enjoy counselling work.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Childhood bereavement
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
During the present coronavirus pandemic, I am offering a limited number of 50 minute telephone sessions from £20.00 payable by bank transfer only.
- Different beliefs/ religious systems.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||No|
|Other languages:||A little French|
I am not seeing clients face to face at present, but am offering telephone counselling, with agreements and consent forms needing completing and returning as email attachments.
Types of client