I have online session availability on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
About me and my therapy practice
It is common to feel overwhelmed by the idea of seeing a counsellor, but counselling is for everyone: whether you feel anxious, lost, low or depressed. Whether you are worried you’ve not enough to say, or too much that you don’t know where to start, you may fear feeling overwhelmed by your emotions, or may want to disclose something for the first time. These are all very natural thoughts, and ones that I can work through with you as part of your counselling experience.
Forming a trusting relationship with a counsellor is a very personal choice, and you will get the most out of your counselling experience if you feel able to trust me and talk openly in the confidential and non-judgmental safe space I provide. I therefore offer the first session at half price, so that you can decide if I am the right counsellor for you.
I am extremely passionate about the potential counselling has to transform lives. I will aim to build a strong therapeutic relationship with you to give you a sense of security, safety and trust in me, and in the counselling process. I will listen to you without judgment, and will work with you on whatever issues you bring. We will try to work towards realistic goals, so that eventually you may no longer need my support to continue with your own personal development
I have worked as a psychodynamic counsellor since 2012 and have extensive experience as an NHS practitioner in both short-term and long-term counselling.
In my Primary Care role I worked in IAPT - Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, a service created by the NHS for those experiencing symptoms associated with low mood, depression and anxiety. In my NHS Secondary Care role I worked in a service delivering long-term counselling for those experiencing symptoms associated with with personality disorders.
I am offering online sessions only at present, but hope to start face-to-face sessions soon.
You are the biggest expert in yourself, so I don’t work by giving direct advice, or by promising to ‘fix’ you. Counselling doesn’t work like a magic wand. Instead it is a gradual process, in which I hope to empower you by enabling you to make your own discoveries and navigate your own path to change. On this journey your emotions may fluctuate. Counselling can feel scary, challenging, tiring and confronting, but it can also feel exhilarating, surprising, liberating, hugely rewarding and life-changing.
Counselling is your space, and I aim to be guided by you, giving you time to talk, think, feel and process. One of the things that makes counselling so special is that we rarely get this kind of self-dedicated space in our busy daily lives.
As a psychodynamic counsellor I concentrate on how past relationships and experiences can influence later relationships and other emotional, personal, practical and professional experiences. By unearthing and exploring the links and patterns between past and present, I believe we can work on understanding, overcoming or changing how you feel about your difficulties.
My first session
If you are interested in talking to me about counselling sessions, please either email me or use the Contact Page on my website. Please provide a telephone number and a suitable time for me to call.
In our telephone conversation I can then answer any questions you might have, and we can briefly discuss your reasons for seeking counselling. You can also then decide if I am the right counsellor for you. If you choose to go ahead, I will send you a contract, optional mood questionnaire and then a link to a private Zoom meeting.
There are details on my website and in my contract about how to set up for our online counselling sessions.
What I can help with
Abuse, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
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Clients I work with
How I deliver therapy