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I normally work in Risca on Mondays and Fridays and in Monmouth at other times.
About me and my therapy practice
I have worked successfully with male and female clients aged 18 to 75, presenting with depression, anxiety, stress, loss, low confidence/self-esteem, eating disorders, trauma, anger, abuse issues, and relationship problems. I offer one-to-one, couples and family sessions.
With individuals, I work integratively, combining techniques from various models, with the person-centred approach of Rogers being at the core of my practice. This means I put the client at the centre of all I do: I believe clients know themselves far better than I do. I don’t analyse or advise the client: rather I create a warm and safe environment in which clients can explore themselves and their issues, and I help them come to their own realisations and conclusions, at their own pace and depth. The relationship is everything in the work I do with my clients.
My couples work is based on Transactional Analysis. This uses the idea that two people communicate with each other from one of three ego states: Parent, Adult or Child. The ideal situation is an Adult-to-Adult transaction where both parties have their needs met. Problems occur when transactions take place between mixed ego states, or when the transactions are inconsistent with the ego state the parties are in. The therapist observes the games being played and identifies unhelpful behaviours being acted, and models more helpful behaviours in order to break the destructive cycle which is preventing the relationship from working.
I offer therapy to up to two family members experiencing relationship difficulty. This is not formal systemic family therapy but it is a way of working with family members based on a combination of Systemic and Transactional Analysis approaches.
I qualified with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from Coleg Gwent and, prior to going into private practice, I completed over 200 client hours as a volunteer counsellor with a cognitive assistance programme and a mental health charity. I have also studied Systemic Family Therapy at Bath University and I'm currently working towards a Post-Grad Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of South Wales.
My practice is regularly supervised, and I work within the BACP Ethical Framework.
Each 1:1 session lasts one hour, and we typically meet weekly. There is no limit to the number of sessions a client may have, but we would review the situation regularly with a view to when an ending might be appropriate.
Each couples/family session lasts 90 minutes, and we might meet weekly or fortnightly. Again there is no limit on number of sessions. I might set 'homework' to be completed between sessions, especially if we are meeting fortnightly.
I am currently working online with both individuals and couples, using the Zoom platform or telephone counselling.
I am happy to see clients face-to-face at our Risca premises, where measures for sanitising and social distancing are in place. I cannot offer this service at our Monmouth premises at the moment, although I am exploring alternative provisions.
My first session
I usually begin with a shorter (30-45 mins for individuals, 1 hour for couples/families) first session, free of charge, either in person or on the phone to establish whether we are happy to work together.
In this initial consultation, I say a bit about myself and the way I work and you tell me about yourself, what it is that you wish to bring to therapy, and what you hope to achieve from counselling. There is a small amount of paperwork and assessment to do, and there is ample opportunity for you to ask any questions.
What I can help with
Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Eating disorders, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of therapy
CBT, Creative therapy, Existential, Family therapy, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic, Transactional analysis
Clients I work with
Adults, Couples, Families
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling