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I am unavailable on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during term time.
About me and my therapy practice
I began my counselling training in 1999 and qualified in 2003. I have worked full time within the profession ever since. I have heaps of varied experience and qualifications. However, as much as I think that they are valuable and important, my advice to anyone looking for a therapist is that the counselling relationship is the most important element. You need to feel comfortable and safe with the person who will accompany you on your very personal journey. I am often told that people feel a connection when they work with me, that I understand their struggles. I may challenge you at times and it may be difficult, counselling often is, but I aim to make you feel safe, heard and held.
Counselling is a fantastic resource when it works well. Sadly, some people have had a very negative experience and if you are one of those people then I appreciate your bravery in looking again. I have had different counsellors over the years and the majority have been excellent, life changing in fact but there has been an occasional mis-match or bad experience. If I am not the right therapist for you, for whatever reason, I will do my best to signpost you to another service or counsellor.
Apart from missing my sand tray dreadfully (if you don't know what that is, do feel free to ask), I have been really surprised by how well online and telephone counselling has suited me and my clients. At the start of the pandemic, I undertook the Open University course - How to do counselling online: a coronavirus primer.
My private practice has been running since I qualified in 2003 and I have also provided NHS counselling alongside this. I was a director for Counsellors Southwest who provide primary care counselling throughout Devon and I am still one of their founding counsellors. In addition to this I have also worked for charities and in further education. I began lecturing for The Iron Mill College in 2015 and love training future counsellors, watching others develop and grow and working with the group dynamic.
My counselling qualifications include an Advanced Diploma, a Post Graduate Diploma and a Diploma in Supervision. I know that for some people, counselling terminology can be extremely confusing and I would reassure you that it is not essential for you to understand what these words mean. What is most important is that you feel safe and connected to your therapist.
I studied on a BACP accredited course in Humanistic, Integrative Counselling. The Humanistic part basically means that I believe the client can find their answers from within if they are well facilitated and supported. The Integrative part means that I combine a variety of approaches because I feel that it is the practitioners responsibility to tailor the service to the client. I strongly believe that it is in the service of the client to fit the therapy to them and not vice versa. Simplified, the belief which underpins all of the approaches that I integrate is that, through raised self-awareness, people can either change their struggle, or better understand it.
I draw upon Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, the Person Centred Approach and I am very influenced by Existentialism and informed by Attachment Theory and Neuroscience.
What I can help with
Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Brief therapy, CBT, Creative therapy, Emotion focused therapy, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Phenomenological, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis
Clients I work with
Adults, EAP, Older adults, Organisations, 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