- Phone number
- Concessionary rates
At present I am only available online:
Skype (video/IM) and Zoom
About me and my therapy practice
We all need people or someone in our lives, who we feel both fully hear and fully understand us. Only then are we not alone in our struggles and can develop and grow in ways that are truly meaningful for us. I have been fortunate and humbled to have seen many clients face their challenges and take great steps to reach their potential over the years.
After recently managing a university Wellbeing & Disability Service, I have returned to counselling, where I have over fifteen years’ experience - in private practice and in educational settings. Prior to counselling, I taught English for twenty years in a college of Further Education.
I believe that no-one’s issue or problem or concern is ever too small – if it’s important to you, then it is clearly important to me. I will help create a trusting, therapeutic environment so you may be able to give focus to whatever it is that brings you to therapy, and to whatever might emerge during your therapy.
My person-centred approach to working will ensure that you have the opportunity to bring whatever you wish to my sessions and that you will be heard in a way that you may not have experienced before. I will respect your willingness to tell your 'story' at whatever pace is right for you. Similarly, I will respect your desire not to disclose, as I deem it important for you to have as much control over your therapy (and your feelings) as is possible.
I believe that a healthy therapeutic relationship is crucial for your personal growth to take place and I will work diligently and sensitively with you to help bring this about. However, I appreciate that although entering therapy, in itself, can be anxiety-provoking, there may be times that I will challenge you with my responses to understand you better, and to maintain professional and personal boundaries - but I will do this whilst maintaining trust, respect and humaneness.
I pride my practice on being as open and as honest with you as is possible, in the hope that you can do the same. Finally, if there is an intervention or item of knowledge or action that I feel is appropriate and useful to share with you, which would help bring about your personal growth, maintain your safety or enhance your welfare, I will do so.
My first session
This will give you the opportunity to ask me any questions about therapy, about how we will work together, to share with me what your expectations of therapy might be and to give me an idea of what you might wish to get out of therapy.
We will also discuss the counselling contract (which is part of the requirements of this kind of work). This will include talking about confidentiality and the reasons why, and how, this may be breached.
We will briefly cover any previous experiences you have had of therapy and if you are taking medication at the present time.
As we will be working online for the immediate future, we will briefly talk about having a secure and safe place from where you will meet with me, as well as acknowledging the technical difficulties that may arise whilst being online. We will agree on a plan of action should these difficulties arise.
At the end of the session we will discuss if therapy/online therapy is right for you at this moment in time and whether or not to rebook for a further session(s).
What I can help with
Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Clients I work with
Adults, Couples, EAP, Older adults, Trainee
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited