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I work Mondays and Tuesdays 0930-1930
About me and my therapy practice
My way of working is integrative which means that I place our relationship at the centre of our work together and also draw from other models.
I consider the relationship we form together in our sessions as the foundation in providing a safe environment to support you to explore any difficulties you are experiencing. This means ensuring you feel able to decide what you would like to bring to sessions, the pace at which we work, and any changes you may want to make in your life as a result of our time together.
I have a particular interest in working with people who have experienced relational trauma and abuse and this informs my work using frameworks from attachment and trauma models to help support arising difficulties such as anxiety and depression, low self esteem, shame and difficulties forming trusting, safe relationships.
I have worked with clients across a range of settings both within the NHS with general referrals from GPS and in charitable organisation providing specific support for bereavement, trauma, childhood issues and abuse. This has involved both short term support typically 6-8 sessions and also longer term therapy.
I have also provided supervision for Volunteers at Cruse Bereavement Care.
Prior to becoming a counsellor I have a background in engineering and industry and have many years experience mentoring and supporting colleagues with workplace issues, transitions and developmental needs.
Dip Couns Integrative Counselling
Member BACP accred
Cruse bereavement and supervision training
BEng Chemical Engineering
I believe the relationship we form together is the foundation for your therapeutic journey. Often we can use this as a basis to understand how you feel and respond in other relationships in your day to day life as we all develop different ways of being and coping with others. We can use our relationship as a safe place to try our different ways of responding and being. I will also offer you the opportunity to explore how you relate to yourself as many of us can be very self critical and experiencing empathy and care within the therapeutic relationship can help in developing greater self compassion and freedom.
Sometimes the work will involve aspects which are difficult for you and may bring up unexpected emotions. I will allow you to direct the pace at which we work we will work together to help you develop strategies to make you feel safe. This may involve:
1) Building our initial relationship by providing a non judgemental, empathic space for reflection without feeling a need to please others before we look at deeper issues.
2) Sharing information to increase understanding of how we respond to different situations, for example how we/ our bodies are designed to cope with trauma, anxiety or maintaining relationships, explore what this means for you and how to develop new coping strategies.
3) Identifying, practising and supporting self care and relaxation activities
EXPLORING/MAKING SENSE OF WHATEVER YOU WANT TO FOCUS ON
In some cases this may involve talking about things that you are finding difficult are making sense of what's going on, links to past experience and considering different perspectives and options. However it can sometimes be helpful to work in different ways using other means of expression eg drawing, metaphors or exploration of sensations and emotions to develop a greater understanding of yourself and trust in your own intuition.
My first session
Our first session is an opportunity for us to start to get to know each other and for you to ask any questions you may have. I also take some time in this session to explore how things are for you right now, what you would like to work on and whether we feel we can work with each other. Different therapists offer different ways of working and its important to find someone who you feel comfortable and can make a connection with.
Its not always clear at the beginning what the work will be; the process may involve a specific number of planned sessions, but more commonly is a fluid process where we may cover multiple topics going backwards and forwards in order for things to link up and make sense. Hence I maintain an ongoing flexible approach to discussing how many sessions are required and frequency of sessions - usually weekly but also fortnightly available. As we work together there will be opportunities to continually review how things are going both in terms of the work and our relationship
It may be difficult to know what to expect either if you are new to counselling or starting with a different therapist you haven't worked with before. I believe it is a space where you can decide what to bring and set your own boundaries of what you do and don't want to work on, I realise it can be anxiety provoking to think of talking to someone for the first time and I won't force you to talk about anything you aren't ready to explore.
The concept of therapy may be a new one to you, we are all familiar with thinking things out in our heads but I will provide a safe relationship and space where you can express your thoughts/ emotions to someone who won't judge. I will share your exploration into gaining a greater understanding of how things are for you and other options/ strategies you may want to try out.
What I can help with
Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Depression, Identity issues, Loss, Obsessions, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Clients I work with
Adults, EAP, Older adults, Trainee
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited