It's hard to choose a counsellor, isn't it? So many lists and directories, so much strange jargon and terminology. How do you decide who to pick? I'm qualified and accredited, educated, have some life-experience, I'm female and middle-aged. I think I'm warm, approachable and have a down-to-earth personality. I aim to provide a place where you feel safe, respected and heard. Finding the right "fit" is important so if you'd like to find out more about how I work please do get in touch. You can also read more below.
I work with adults of all ages who come with a wide range of issues.
Due to my rather unique set of qualifications and experience I also specialise in working with issues related to pregnancy, birth and parenthood, whether current or in the past. This might include postnatal depression, fear of birth (tocophobia), problems during pregnancy, difficulties bonding, miscarriage, termination, difficult or traumatic birth experience, struggling with adjusting to life as a parent or grandparent, etc.
I believe counselling should be an holistic process. Your thought processes are only one part of you. You have unique experiences, emotions, responses, stresses, etc, and all of these impact on your mind, body, feelings and beliefs, as well as your thoughts. Although we'll mostly talk together, sometimes other approaches can be useful. These might include breathing, relaxation, using objects or drawing/scribbling. These alternative approaches can offer greater insight or connection and can also be used to develop coping strategies during more challenging times.
Through our working relationship I aim to help you feel heard, validated and feeling more emotionally safe. We'll look at areas of your life that are causing you difficulty and sometimes we might link to things that you had previously thought were completely unconnected. The past shapes the present so sometimes it's useful to look back to learn and understand, but also we need to look at what's going on now, in the present, so that change becomes possible. When you feel ready you can experiment with new responses, new feelings, new perspectives, new skills which gradually lead to therapeutic change.
I have experience working with women and men with a diverse range of issues, so whatever you're struggling with do feel free to get in touch.
There's more about me and how I work on my website.
I work from home near Totton, Hampshire. It's easy to find whether you're coming from New Forest, Romsey, Southampton or Winchester as it's just off a main road, and there's ample parking.
Training, qualifications & experience
DipHE Counselling (Level 5) with Distinction, Winchester University, 2010
Hypnotherapy for Childbirth 2012 (Course accredited by Royal College of Midwives)
Dip HE Antenatal Education (Level 5), Bedfordshire University, 2010
NCT Advanced Antenatal Teacher ("Excellent Practitioner") 2005
NCT Antenatal Teacher Licensed Practitioner continuously since 1998
Accredited Member of National Counselling Society, registered with Professional Standards Authority (PSA)
I have run Creative Approaches workshops for DipHE Counselling (Level 5) students as a visiting lecturer.
Previous experience includes two years working at a local University counselling students and staff and counselling within the NHS.
Issues I have helped clients with include:
Post natal depression
Birth trauma/Difficult birth experience
Pregnancy and birth
Relationships with family/friends
Coping with Separation/Divorce
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
fear of giving birth
Initial session £15. Subsequent sessions £40.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
There are 3 narrow steps up into my counselling room and the only toilet is upstairs.
Mon-Fri daytime & Mon-Thurs evenings
Types of client