- Phone number
- Flexible hours available
- Wheelchair accessible office
- Available for home visits
- Concessionary rates
About me and my therapy practice
I fully appreciate how difficult it can be sometimes when things appear bleak to reach out for help. Fear of sharing. Thoughts that no-one can help. Anxiety over how much will this cost? However, if we do, the likelihood of feeling better and more confident is wonderous!
I use an integrative approach through Personal Centred Therapy, Cognitivie Behaviour Therapy and Gestalt work - whatever meets the needs of the client best.
From receipt of a client's enquiry email, I arrange with them an appropriate time to telephone them. I explain how I work and how important it is for them to feel comfortable with potentially having me as their counsellor. It gives the client opportunity to ask any questions they may have. I then go through an assessment form, which is a simple standard therapy assessment giving basic personal details about the client. There is then discussion on when, where and how often the client would like the sessions and costs involved and how this will be paid.
Outside of Covid conditions I offer face-to-face - either at my home or at the client's home or work. Walk and talk therapy. Telephone or zoom sessions. Because of Covid restrictions I am currently doing telephone, zoom or where applicable walk and talk therapy.
Apart from my counselling training, I have a wide range of knowledge, skill and experience gleaned from previous roles within sport, the BBC, manufacturing, fire and coastguard rescue services. I am also a volunteer facilitator for Restorative Justice. As a result I feel privileged that whatever situation a client brings, together we will be able to resolve it and for the client to feel better about themselves and can move forward positively.
I provide a safe, confidential space, where we have been known to have some fun along the way! If I can help, please email me in the first instance. Thank you for your time.
A friendly practice, with a client being the prime focus. There is no judgement and the client can follow whatever path they wish to follow. Also, during a session, if a client does not wish, or at that particular time does not want to share anything or engage in a particular piece of work, that's fine.
As with all of us, there are times when we cannot make an appointed session, here, it is important, to alert each other, with as much notice as possible if this occurs.
I greatly value having an honest, open, trustworthy therapeutic relationship. This helps the client to feel safe and confident to explore their situations further than they may have done before and helps me to work professionally and constructively with them.
My first session
During Covid restrictions, prior to the first session I email or post my counselling contract to them. I have already explained the need to be in a quiet, confidential, comfortable space during the initial free hour telephone call.
At the first session, I check that the client is in that 'safe, boundaried space' that they have a drink, tissues, notebook and pen available. I then go through the contract in detail to ensure full understanding and agreement. Where the client has the technology, the contract is signed, emailed to me, which I return with my added signature of agreement. If, a client does not have computer access then signatures are achieved through posting.
I reaffirm confidentiality, GDPR and the role of supervision. Throughout explanation of the contract, the client is able to ask any questions.
I then ask them what they would like to achieve from our sessions and if they have been in counselling before.
The initial sessions rely at this point on Personal Centred Therapy to try and make the client feel comfortable - within the counselling 'room' and to get used to me. It also gives the opportunity to gain as much information as possible to help me decide how is the best way of helping a client. For example, whether a particular therapy approach may facilitate things.
At the end of this first session, I check how the client is feeling and whether any additional thoughts have popped up that we can consider at further sessions.
What I can help with
Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Business coaching, Cancer, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Obsessions, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
CBT, Gestalt, Person centred
Clients I work with
Adults, Children, Families, Older adults, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling