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About me and my therapy practice
Anyone can benefit from therapy – it’s a chance to become much more yourself. There are some situations where long-term work is needed to repair damage that has been sustained over a long period, but that isn’t everyone. Just a few sessions can be very helpful too.
Often adults, children and young people I work with want to move beyond difficult thoughts, feelings and behaviours and counselling offers us the opportunity to work together with effective methods to bring about change.
I have helped people work through a wide range of issues such as:
Loss and bereavement
Childhood and more recent trauma
Anxiety and generalised anxiety disorder
Depression and feeling sad
Relationship and family issues
Sexuality and identity
Low self esteem and self confidence
Life purpose and direction
My theoretical perspective is Humanistic, believing that with the right support, we all have the ability to fulfil our potential and achieve our goals. No one therapeutic approach is a 'cure-all' so being Integrative enables me to draw from a range of approaches to suit your unique needs, as well as your unique preferences. These approaches include Person Centred, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis.
The therapeutic process can bring deeply held emotions to the surface, the idea of which may initially be daunting. However, it can also be comforting, enriching, exciting and empowering, where real and lasting change can take place.
"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer." - Albert Camus
I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space.
Although my approach is predominantly 'talking therapy' some clients find creative approaches helpful, such as sand tray, art work, visualisation, body awareness and breath-work. These may include coping techniques/skills for use outside of sessions. Where I think a creative approach might be helpful it will be offered as an invitation. Our work together will be a collaborative process, keeping your goals and preferences very much in mind throughout.
I offer long, open ended and short-term counselling. I recommend weekly sessions where possible, particularly at the beginning. I do not ask clients to commit to a set number of sessions. For children, I advise parents/carers plan for six sessions which will be reviewed throughout and extended if necessary and agreed by all involved.
Alongside my private practice I am a Designated Safeguarding Officer for a local charity and assist in training and supervising their practitioners in supporting vulnerable children in schools.
My first session
I offer an initial 30 minute meeting, free of charge, in which we will discuss what counselling involves and how it might help you. You can ask any questions or raise any concerns you may have. This time together will help you decide if I am the right therapist for you. It is human connection and acceptance that makes therapy productive so our relationship will be key to you feeling safe in exploring your feelings and experiences. This time also enables me to make an assessment of your presenting issues and ensure that I have appropriate training and competence to support you.
In response to the current advice about limiting the spread of COVID-19, I am working online (via Zoom) and by telephone for now. Please feel free to contact me with any queries or to arrange an initial meeting via one of these methods. I look forward to hearing from you.
What I can help with
Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Asperger syndrome, Bereavement, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Play therapy, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis
Clients I work with
Adults, Children, Older adults, Organisations, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling