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About me and my therapy practice
I have a warm, open and inquisitive nature and understand the importance of building a strong therapeutic relationship necessary for a positive experience of counselling. In order to heal we need to feel heard and having experienced the powerful process of healing first hand through the counselling process, I am an attentive and compassionate listener with a genuine interest in whatever you choose to bring to the sessions.
Over the last 15 years through my training and counselling practice in both charities and the NHS alongside my own personal life experiences, I have gained a depth of experience and understanding of working with a wide range of conditions in both short and long-term counselling. I offer both generic counselling and specialist counselling for drug, alcohol and addiction problems and I am particularly interested in recovery from trauma.
Sometimes in life people experience emotional difficulties that they feel unable to cope with. Life at times can feel overwhelming and complicated and counselling can help during these times and might involve a few sessions over a period of weeks, or a longer process over many months. Some things in life cannot be changed no matter how much we wish that was true, so it can also provide a space to find acceptance and new coping skills for the things in life that we have to live with.
If you are reading this, it is likely that you are considering entering in to counselling and this is a brave and courageous decision. I also appreciate it can be difficult, embarrassing or even scary to ask for help for the first time. With this in mind, an initial consultation offers you the opportunity to get a feel for me as a person and a therapist to see if I feel like the right fit for you and there is absolutely no obligation for you to start counselling with me following the consultation, that is completely your decision.
I am an integrative counsellor which means that I use techniques and tools from a variety of different counselling approaches and tailor them individually to you, rather than trying to get you to fit into a particular counselling model. I aim to build a safe, trusting, non-judgmental relationship as I really believe the relationship between us is key for meaningful therapeutic work. Working together to build a strong therapeutic bond and provide a safe space for you to unload your difficulties lays the foundation of trust, regard and honesty between us that could help you to feel safe enough with me to start to explore you most inner world. Your private thoughts and feelings, your most deeply held beliefs and attitudes about yourself and the world around you, maybe even things you have never told anyone before. I believe that everybody has the capacity to change, given the right conditions so my practice is also deeply rooted in a person-centred approach.
I have a specialism in addictions and I am trained to degree level in addictions counselling. I have worked in a variety of settings in both charities and the NHS as a drug and alcohol counsellor and as a manager responsible for the training, development and supervision of drug and alcohol counsellors. I have worked with a wide and diverse range of people who have sought help for substance use that is causing mild to moderate problems through to more severe use and addiction.
Not everybody who enters into counselling wants to explore the past, preferring to work in the here and now and I have a strong commitment to working with what my clients say will be beneficial for them. If delving in to past is not for you, I am also trained in Brief Solution Focussed Therapy (BSFT). BSFT promotes positive change rather than dwelling on past problems by encouraging you to focus on what you do well, set goals and work out how to achieve them.
My first session
Our first session will usually be an initial consultation face to face, but at present can only be online due to Covid-19. Usually during the initial consultation we will discuss what is the reason you are seeking counselling and we would also discuss any previous experiences of counselling and what you liked or didn’t like about it. We would also spend some time exploring what you hoped to gain from counselling and what you would like to have achieved by the time counselling completes. At this session I would also take some basic information about your occupation, relationship status and medical health alongside some brief discussion about your family and support networks. We would also discuss confidentiality in some depth. You will also be provided with some space to find out about my approach, my qualifications and experience. The initial consultation is as much about you getting a sense of me as a person and potential therapist as it is about me getting a sense of what you are looking for. I really believe the strength of the therapeutic relationship and bond is key for any successful counselling experience, and whilst this takes time to build, this first session gives you the opportunity for you to assess if I am someone you would like to talk to again. During this session I will also be assessing that I have the right level of experience to work with you and if I felt that I did not have the right level of expertise or that a different counselling approach would be more beneficial to you I will endeavour to signpost you to another counsellor or organisation. Whilst I aim to complete an initial consultation in the first session, there are occasions when it can take a couple of sessions to cover all the things that we need to if there is a lot to discuss. However, if after the first session you don’t wish to see my further there is no obligation for you to do so.
What I can help with
Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Depression, Life coaching, Loss, Personal development, Pregnancy related issues, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
CBT, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Solution focused brief therapy
Clients I work with
Adults, Families, Groups
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling