Whatever brings clients to therapy, I aim to facilitate their own self awareness through the development of a trusting and supportive counselling relationship, and to assist them in becoming more self empowered and feeling more in control of their own lives. My main interest is in uncovering unconscious core beliefs which cause us unnecessary suffering and limit our growth, and working towards integrating new ways of being into our lives. With awareness, we can begin to free ourselves from our past conditioning and become more present in our everyday lives and connect at a deeper and more fulfilling way with ourselves, each other and the world around us. I work within an Integrative framework, although my background is Person Centred, and influenced by many years of Mindfulness training and also Body Psychotherapy, but I also use a Solution-Focused approach for short-term work.
Some people may be going through a crisis in their lives and may be looking for support to deal with a particular issue, or they may have ongoing recurrent problems in certain areas of their lives and need someone to really listen empathically and without judgment. They may be wanting to change certain habits or patterns of relating with others, or they may not have any specific problem but they may be wishing to work on their own self development. Whatever the reason for seeking counselling, I would offer an initial session in which I can assess my client's needs and discuss how we can work together to help get those needs met, and if the client is happy to continue working with me then we will generally meet together once a week for either 6 to 12 weeks for short-term therapy or longer as required for more long-term work.
Integrative Counselling involves drawing on various approaches according to whatever seems appropriate at that particular time and for that particular client. However, I tend to draw on Solution Focused Brief Therapy for short-term work, and use a more holistic approach for longer term clients. I am also happy to offer individual Stress Management sessions if required.
I work within the UKCP ethical framework. I have regular supervision, and ongoing continuing professional development, and strict confidentiality is maintained.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling, an Advanced Certificate in Humanistic Counselling, and Certificates in Person Centred Counselling. I have also completed a 3 year training course in Hakomi (Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy as Assisted Self Discovery), a 60 hour course in Body Listening, and a shorter course in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression. I have also completed a year long online Compassion course (Non-Violent Communication).
I have experience of working with clients with relationship problems, severe anxiety and depression, obsessive compulsive disorders, anger management problems, childhood trauma and abuse, self esteem issues, work related problems, etc.
I also have several years experience of Mindfulness training, and of working with stress management, and offer training in relaxation and in mindfulness based meditation. As well as working with individuals, I work with couples and I also run workshops with groups to help improve communication skills and to facilitate a deeper level of connection both with oneself and with others.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have many years' experience of working with various methods of stress management, relaxation, meditation, mindfulness, and body-centred awareness.
I charge £40 per session for individual counselling for a 50 minute session. Short-term counselling would generally involve up to 6 sessions, longer term counselling may be open-ended, depending on the needs of the client. I charge £45 for couples' counselling, and will see couples for up to 6 sessions using a Solution Focused approach.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime, evenings, occasional Saturdays
Types of client
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