- Phone number
- 07555 136499
- Flexible hours available
I usually offer weekday sessions on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. I have limited evening availability. I don’t work during the weekend. Please get in touch to discuss appointment availability.
About me and my therapy practice
I offer online/Zoom and 'walk & talk' counselling. I am with you to listen without judgement or criticism and to offer a calm and confidential space. We work at your pace so that you can feel comfortable with what you choose to talk or not talk about.
Benefits of online video counselling:
- We can work together even if we live far apart.
- Being in familiar surroundings may offer a sense of comfort and safety for you.
- Therapy sessions may become accessible for those who have a disability and/or illness that makes it difficult or not possible for them to leave home.
- Counselling sessions may fit around your working hours or other commitments more easily, making it easier for you to access counselling than if you needed to allow time to travel to and from your sessions. It also removes the cost of travel.
Walk & talk counselling simply means that we take the traditional counselling session outside.
Benefits of 'walk & talk' or outdoor counselling:
- Just being outdoors can help our bodies to relax which can allow space for us to notice our thoughts and feelings more clearly.
- I understand that sitting in a room, one-to-one with a counsellor, might feel daunting and contribute to increased anxiety. Being outside and walking or sitting side-by-side can feel quite different to being in a room together, and might be helpful especially for people who feel uncomfortable with intense eye contact.
- Being outdoors and moving can support our emotional and physical wellbeing as our body releases endorphins known to boost mood.
- Although still in a therapeutic relationship, the therapeutic space becomes equally ours. When we meet outdoors, we are on common ground and sharing the experience of being outside. This sense of equality might feel important for you.
I’m aware of the strength and courage it can take to make that first contact with a counsellor – to make that call, send an email or text.
Whether we meet online via video or outdoors, my intention is to walk alongside you as a travel companion whilst you follow your own path through counselling. I am with you to listen and to create a space for you to tell your story so that it can be heard by both of us. I aim to listen with an acceptance of you ‘just as you are.’
My approach is built on compassion and care even for the parts of you which might to you feel unacceptable or shameful – often it is these parts of us that we develop growing up to protect us from harm or feeling pain.
There aren't any 'rules' about what you talk about, often just whatever comes to mind. You might want to talk about what has happened during your week, or we might pay attention to what is going on for you right now in the moment and this could include what it feels like to be in your counselling session. Sometimes it can be important to consider early (childhood) caregiving relationships as this is where our expectations about relationships are learnt. These early experiences can be of significance in our current difficulties.
I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor. This just means that I can tailor my approach in a way that respects your uniqueness and acknowledges that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. Using different elements of different counselling approaches, we can work together to explore whatever you choose to talk about.
Each session will last for 50 minutes, usually weekly and on the same day at the same time.
My first session
Your first session will be online via Zoom video, and I allow between 50 minutes and 1 hour. Any subsequent sessions will be 50 minutes.
This session will enable us to meet each other and can be an opportunity to have a sense of what it might be like for us to work together - part of this might mean that you have some questions for me. I will need to gather some information in this first session, ensuring that there is also time for you to outline what brings you to counselling, and what you hope might be different as a result of your sessions.
We can talk about whether you might like to receive your counselling online via Zoom video, as ‘walk & talk,’ or maybe to move between the two - with extra thought given as to what that might be like for you. We’ll also talk about any additional considerations with regards to having therapy outdoors in a public space such as confidentiality, safety, and weather contingency.
At the end of your first session, you may decide to book for a further session or sessions. You might choose not to have any further sessions with me. Whatever you decide is OK.
What I can help with
Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Loss, Personal development, Relationships, Self esteem, Stress, Trauma
Types of therapy
Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Relational
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults
How I deliver therapy
Long term sessions, Online counselling, Outdoor therapy, Short term sessions