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- Flexible hours available
- Wheelchair accessible office
- Concessionary rates
About me and my therapy practice
I work using an integrative model in which I recognise the central importance of the relationship between the client and the therapist – the therapeutic relationship. I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and as such work according to their Ethical Framework.
I have experience working with clients from 5 to 85 years old. I believe that whatever our age, we all seek to be listened to, to be understood and to share our lives in relationship with others. We can be hurt in relationship when we feel misunderstood and our needs have not been met – also we can have deep regrets when important relationships become difficult or come to an end. The therapeutic relationship, between client and counsellor, between you and me, is a place where healing and strengthening can take place.
I believe that everyone is essentially good and has an innate desire to become the best that they can possibly be. By reflecting on our experiences with truth and honesty, we can work towards greater trust and feel more comfortable with who we are.I believe it is important to look back to the past and to question the previously established patterns of behaviour that may no longer serve us well in the present. By re-examining how we developed our sense of Self, through the therapeutic relationship, we can find new ways to interact with others and make our own decisions with greater confidence.
I work in a calm quite space which can provide a safe container for strong emotions to be felt, voiced, experienced and held. We may work together factually and directly; we may also work through story or metaphor; we make work creatively staying with the unknown and the unspoken.
I offer sessions remotely on the telephone or by video call using Zoom. I usually see clients face to face in Egham and Englefield Green. Due to the current pandemic, I have decided to suspend face to face sessions until January 2021.
Each counselling session lasts for 50 to 55 minutes. In line with ethical practice I have access to supervision for the work that I do.
I see clients both for short term work or for longer, ongoing therapy. We will regularly review our work together and this allows us to celebrate growth and change, it informs our work going forward, or may show us that our work is complete for the moment.
My first session
At our first session we can explore what you are struggling with at the moment and what it is that you are wanting from therapy. Through careful listening and discernment, we will be able to set some goals to work on and develop an understanding about what changes you would like to make. Whatever happens in the rest of our sessions will emerge from what you bring to each session. Together we can process your unique struggles in a non-judgemental space and through this begin to help you to understand and validate your feelings, assert your needs, clarify your choices and decide on new ways to move forward that feel right for you.
An important component of our first session together is ensuring that we clearly communicate our expectations and our boundaries. I will give you a written agreement that clearly defines what I can offer you. This agreement is flexible and I welcome your input into setting our boundaries and providing and maintaining a safe space for the therapeutic work to take place.
What I can help with
Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Creative therapy, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Transactional analysis, Transpersonal
Clients I work with
Adults, Children, Older adults, Trainee, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited