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- Flexible hours available
I currently have a waiting list for Friday's but have spaces in the weekends and evenings. I do currently have spaces on a Sunday.
About me and my therapy practice
We all need some help at times. It’s okay to not always know the answers to everything. It’s okay to stop and take stock of where you are. You might feel stuck, you might feel hopeless. It’s good to know that things can change, that you can change.
I offer a safe space for you to explore, a space to be heard, a space where mutual respect is essential. A therapeutic relationship is non-judgemental, equal and respectful. A therapeutic relationship is like going on a journey, where you decide where to go and where to explore. My training is in Transactional Analysis. TA has, at the heart of its philosophy, the life stance 'I'm OK, You're OK '. This life stance is important to me in my work with clients.
I have volunteered at a hospice, Martlets, and with CGL (drugs and alcohol addictions) and also volunteer at West Kent Mind and have a small private practice. I currently work in a therapeutic school with children who live in care and have suffered severe trauma and who have learning difficulties (ASD, ADHD or Dyslexia/Dyspraxia).
I have extensive clinical experience in working with families who need some insights and support in how to be with children diagnosed with autism. I can offer family visits, school visits and counselling sessions.
I am an experienced therapist, BACP registered and UKATA qualified (Diploma). I am experienced in working with drug and alcohol addiction, bereavement and loss and with children and young adults with learning difficulties, such as autism, PDA, ADHD, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia.
The therapeutic relationship is key to all healing. To be heard and seen, to trust and not to be shamed. It takes time to build this relationship and mutuality in this relationship is important to me. Mutuality encompasses a shared responsibility for the process, which I feel strengthens the equal relationship between the therapist and client.
It can be difficult to talk about feelings, fears and issues which might have been buried for a long time. Sometimes, it helps to talk about minor matters first, before tackling the underlying issues. I provide time and space, for as long as it takes, following your pace, supporting your process.
I make verbal contracts with my clients, to ensure we are working towards the same outcome. Having a contract means we can measure progress and see how far you've come. We can re-contract as many times as is needed as the process develops, reflecting the changes and deepening in the relationship.
Currently, due to COVID restrictions, I am working online and I have limited space for ' Walk and Talk'. I have found that the online platform actually has great advantages, as people often feel safe in their own space.
Some people find it too difficult to speak with a therapist and prefer texting as their method of communication. I have used this medium and this can work well, however, I do believe there is merit in being visually in contact (i.e. via Zoom) as so much information is conveyed through body language.
My first session
The first session is used to establish rapport, to explore what we are going to work on and to agree on the working relationship.
An initial assessment is done and a contract is signed and a date for our weekly meetings is agreed upon.
The first session allows both parties to feel whether they can work together.
What I can help with
Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum / Aspergers syndrome, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Development coaching, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Life coaching, Loss, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Stress, Substance Dependency, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Brief therapy, Humanistic, Person centred, Play therapy, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis
Clients I work with
Adults, Children, Groups, Organisations, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work