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I have availability on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10.30am and 4.30pm, face to face or online.
About me and my therapy practice
I offer a non judgemental, safe and secure place in which you will be treated with compassion, empathy, warmth and with no expectations. I often take a few sessions to allow us both to figure out where you are at in yourself and in the world. This tends to mean you no longer feel like you are talking to a stranger. My work is informed by neuroscientific research; not least of which is that while a human is feeling stressed or anxious they are not able to process, feel and think "straight". It is therefore of paramount importance to me that you feel safe and secure and not uncomfortable in our work. As a result I encourage honest feedback from you whenever you feel you want to share it.
Although you may sometimes question this; you are the expert on you. Modern neuroscience tells us that as you grow from early infancy, you are writing your own self-manual. However, sometimes it feels like you need help understanding it; maybe it needs an update as previous ways of working in the world are no longer effective at keeping sadness, stress or anxiety at bay; maybe what worked before is now causing the problem. Maybe you have some big life events that have taken their toll, or maybe you just feel a bit adrift or stuck. Whatever you are feeling, talking therapy offers you a safe, confidential and non judgemental space that can help you figure out what is going on in your inner and outer worlds.
I am a humansitic, intergrative counsellor which means I have a broad backdrop of influences and understanding that informs my work but the client is always placed at the centre. In this way I can draw on a range of different therapeutic theory and approaches to best understand and serve my clients and their needs. I believe people are their own best resource in terms of healing, growth or change and that by facilitating the right environment for my clients, I can help them understand and reflect on what is going on for them; how they operate in the world and get in touch with what it is that they need from their life and relationships within the context of their own narrative.
I sometimes work in a proactive way, drawing on creative therapeutic techniques such as art, play and movement as well as mindfulness and self-compassion. I try to work responsively to the client in front of me and go at their pace.
I have trained at BCPC in Bath. This is known as the "gold standard" amongst training institutions. I am a member of BACP and am in regular supervision with a fully qualified and accredited supervisor with whom I meet regularly.
Some common areas of my work include: Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Trauma, Spirituality, Creative Therapy, Inner Child, Dreams and the unconscious. I am a big believer in Self-compassion and the power of taking control of our natural, but sometimes forgotten, ability to be aware and mindful with our whole being. My work is informed, amongst others, by Carl Rogers who prioritises the positive effects of the therapeutic relationship and I integrate into this person centred approach a range of theory including but not exclusively: Attachment theory, Gestalt Therapy, Freud, Jung, Existential, Transpersonal and Somatic Experience
My first session
I offer a half price assessment session in which we both have a chance to see what it might be like to work together. I tend to ask a few questions of your recent and more distant past, as well as try to get a sense of where you are at now and what support networks you have around you.
What I can help with
Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Depression, Health related issues, Loss, Menopause, Men's issues, Mood disorder, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Relationships, Self esteem, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Trauma, Women's issues
Types of therapy
Creative therapy, Emotionally focused therapy, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Jungian, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Relational, Transactional analysis, Transpersonal
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults
How I deliver therapy
Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Outdoor therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy, Time-limited