- Phone number
- 0779 242 7696
- Concessionary rates
About me and my therapy practice
Life can be distressing or confusing at times especially during great stress or change. I am a calm, warm, non-judgemental and experienced BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist who can offer you time and support to reflect on the parts of your life which are problematic to help you to make sense of yourself and your situation.
Our work together will be exploratory and collaborative. You will find a supportive, listening space in which you can bring what’s troubling you and I will use my experience and knowledge to ask questions and offer reflections. This will assist you to think outside your usual ways of thinking and feeling to gain deeper knowledge about yourself which will help you to arrive at a different point of view on your problems.
Sometimes in the work, I use creative materials to help clients to find ways to express some of the harder to vocalise feelings. This might involve using Mythos story cards for example or other art materials. We would only use these with your consent and if it felt that it might be helpful. In the work I draw upon my Transactional Analysis training as well as Family and Systemic Therapy, Body Psychotherapy informed approaches as well as Internal Family Systems.
I work with adult individuals in-person and online, or by telephone whilst social distancing measures are in place.
My primary training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy is one in which I understand problems to be rooted in the past and the work will involve understanding the links between your past and today’s problems. The reason for this is that it is often our earliest experiences (or trauma which alters it) which lead us to our conclusions about ourselves, the availability of others and what is possible or not possible for us in life.
So I won't offer solutions or advice. If you are seeking longer-term work, the therapy will be exploratory and collaborative, and the therapy relationship will be central to the work. My job is to help you to piece together the parts of your 'life map' which are feeding into your current problems so these elements become more visible to you, and you have the opportunity to understand and accept yourself.
Sometimes painful buried feelings can emerge in the work and the therapy relationship can support you in this. Understanding your own process can transform how you feel and think about yourself and lead to connecting with your life in ways which are much more satisfying and rewarding.
My first session
It’s not unusual for people to feel uncertain, wary or anxious about a first session. It can feel dauting to talk to a stranger about the issues which may have been troubling you for a while, raising uncertainties about how you might put it into words or a fear of being judged. You may also feel uncertain about how it will work and what to expect. But don’t forget that I am here to help you express what the problem is and will help you through the process.
We will have had a chance hopefully to have spoken on the phone briefly first to give you an idea as to whether we can work together and the first session will also be an opportunity to get a feel for this approach to therapy. You might have some questions you want to ask. Some people write a list to remind them of what they want to talk about and for others, having a space to talk is helpful. There’s no ‘right way’ to do it. I will also be asking questions and getting a sense of what you need and what you’re looking for and assessing with you what is the best fit for you.
How long we work together is an ongoing conversation throughout the counselling and decided by you depending on what you want to change and where you wish to get to with it. Some people have a specific issue which they wish to understand and short-term work can be suitable for this. Often a repeating theme or underlying process will emerge which will enable you to have a feel like you have a much better understanding of your situation.
For others, having the opportunity to be open ended about the therapy is helpful as it’s not always clear at the beginning of therapy what the core underlying issue is which takes time to emerge in the sessions.
What I can help with
Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Depression, Loss, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Relational, Transactional analysis
Clients I work with
Adults, EAP, Trainee
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited