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About me and my therapy practice
I have worked successfully with male and female adult clients aged from 18 to 75, presenting with depression, anxiety, stress, loss, low confidence and self-esteem, eating disorders, trauma, anger, survivors of domestic abuse and childhood sexual abuse, and relationship issues.
I offer one-to-one and couples counselling sessions.
With individuals, I work integratively, meaning I pull together techniques from various counselling modalities in a coherent fashion, with the person-centred approach of Carl Rogers being at the core of my practice. This requires that I put the client at the centre of all that I do: I absolutely believe that the client knows themselves far better than I do. I therefore don’t analyse or advise the client: rather I create a warm and safe environment in which the client can explore themselves and their issues, and I facilitate them coming to their own realisations and conclusions, at their own pace and depth. The client-counsellor relationship is everything in the work I do with my clients.
The model I use for couples work is based on Transactional Analysis. This theoretical framework 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 two parties are in. This leaves one or other of the parties' with unmet needs and often results in 'game playing' to get those needs met. The role of the therapist is to observe what games are being played, to identify what unhelpful behaviours are being acted out to perpetuate the game-playing, and to model more helpful behaviours in order to break the destructive cycle which is preventing the relationship from working.
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 session lasts 90 minutes, and we might meet weekly or fortnightly. Again there is no limit on number of sessions. I might set 'homework' for couples between session, 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 individual clients face-to-face at our Risca premises, where provision for social distancing is possible. I cannot offer this service at our Monmouth premises at the moment, nor can I work face-to-face with couples at present.
My first session
I usually begin with a shorter (30-45 mins for individuals, 1 hour for couples) 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
Creative therapy, Existential, Family therapy, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic, Transactional analysis
Clients I work with
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling