I will be available for appointments after September 6th 2021.
Day of practice=Monday. Apologies in advance as I am usually unable to provide other days.
About me and my therapy practice
I am trained as an integrative Therapist, which means I try to tailor my understanding and knowledge to suit an individuals needs rather than push a particular theory.
I appreciate the value of nature and its impact on our health (my allotment certainly helps me!) and offer the potential of outdoors therapy in a beautiful location this year. I am also informed by person centred core values and always try to focus my work on helping people to find value in themselves and unlock their inner resources. I try to bring to bear my 20+ years of therapeutic experience in a safe and informed way that will help people create changes that they are seeking.
I have a good understanding of trauma and its effects and always work mindfully of this to maximise safe and effective therapy. My background is in working with brain injury and I have a keen interest in how the brain and body functions, but also how we make sense of our experiences including individual spirituality and the transpersonal.
My work is split between therapy/supervision and training people to become counsellors (that last one occupying the bulk of my time). Therapy can be a difficult task at times but I am told I have a good sense of humour and I think that this can be just as important as tissues in our work.
We'll talk but sometimes might walk and/or work creatively too. As I said above, I am informed by many approaches but these are only ever used appropriately, never forced and I will always be fully open with you as to how I am working. The work is always a collaboration between the two of us.
I am a BACP accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, and also a supervisor and trainer and I have been a practitioner since 1998. For 18 years I was a primary school counsellor and appreciate the importance of our early experiences on our adult selves.
I am informed by a large number of theories which I seek to tailor relevantly to individuals through a relational approach. I have worked with many life issues and can say i have a breadth and depth of experience that I will always try and make good use of with humility. I have found my way of working assists clients to get to the heart of the matter fairly quickly which means we can spend time focusing in on what is most important.
I work face to face in a beautiful rural location but can offer to work remotely via zoom if that suits.
My first session
Usually I'll try to send some details and questions from my end before we meet and during a first session after taking a few brief details from you we would spend some time talking about the things which are of most concern to you. Often when coming for therapy these things may have been around for quite some time and the pressure to explore them/change has been building up, or something difficult may have just happened. Either way I'll provide a space for you to be able to discuss and explore what is of most concern for you. This usually helps us to decide and assess what might be most productive to work on in future. The first session is always a place for questions too and I'll encourage you to ask anything that feels important for you to know about the work or myself.
Most people find some relief from having spoken after the first session about the things they have been holding on to. Sometimes we might create insights into the problems from this brief discussion. I will always spend the last part of the time discussing how it has been visiting me and if you think it is worth carrying on to explore the things further that brought you.
At that point if you think it could be of benefit we'll make a plan to continue, usually for another 5 sessions when we would review your progress and see if you want to continue longer than that. Most therapeutic work typically is of between 6 sessions and 6 months but we might decide to continue for longer if the work is helpful as we review it together.
What I can help with
Abuse, Anxiety, Autism spectrum / Aspergers syndrome, Bereavement, Child related issues, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Brief therapy, Cognitive, Creative therapy, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic, Transactional analysis, Transpersonal
Clients I work with
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited