- Phone number
- Flexible hours available
- Concessionary rates
Currently not available at weekends.
About me and my therapy practice
The relationship we build together will probably be quite different from any other you are used to. This really is about you. Although you don't know much about me personally, we can still connect and relate to each other in a meaningful and authentic way. Having said that, it is important you have an understanding of how I work, what has brought me to where I am today and how this may be useful in getting you to where you want to be.
My personal belief is there is no 'one size fits all' approach. There are many different approaches to counselling but all seek to alleviate personal suffering and facilitate personal growth: most research shows successful therapy is the result of the strength of the relationship between the therapist and client above all else. My main focus is Person-Centred, which is a humanistic way of working, however, I draw upon other modalities as and when they feel appropriate. We can evaluate how we are working together along the way. Most importantly, I will always approach you with warmth and empathy, in a non-judgemental way.
I am an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and embrace working with people from different cultures and from diverse backgrounds. I also have experience working with people who are based in the theatre, film, and television industries.
I have achieved my level 2 qualification in British Sign Language, awarded by Signature, which has afforded me some insight into the HoH / Deaf community. I would be happy to work alongside a British Sign Language Interpreter if you are deaf and would like to enquire about working this way.
I have experience and training with various organisations such as Westmeria Counselling Service and Rose Bruford College (working with adults) and Place2Be in both primary and secondary school settings (working with children). I am currently a part-time counsellor at Childline (NSPCC).
Nobody is handed a personalised instruction manual that teaches them how to navigate their meandering journey through life; replete with obstacles and constant change. Life can be tough, and sometimes it can feel like there is no clear path ahead.
Maybe you are experiencing anxiety or depression, perhaps you are feeling like you have lost your sense of purpose, or it could simply be that you are feeling like something is missing. This could be the result of stress at work, difficulties in a relationship, the loss of someone close to you or a past event you have not been able to move on from. No matter what has led you here, therapy is an opportunity to talk to someone openly and confidentially in a warm, safe, and non-judgemental space.
Some people might find the idea of starting therapy a daunting task. Try and think of it as a gym membership for the mind. We often invest in things that enhance our well-being or seek out services that we hope will make us feel happier and healthier. Therapy is an investment in you; an opportunity to get to know and understand yourself better.
I am a firm believer that wherever we are in life and whatever we are up against, we always have a choice. Together we can explore your current situation and start helping you figure out how to move forward, in a way that feels comfortable and meaningful to you.
My first session
This will be an assessment to talk about what has brought you to therapy and what you would like from the process. Don't worry if you are not entirely sure, lots of people just have a general feeling they would like to talk to someone without being able to be more specific at first. The space is yours and we will work at your pace. We will also talk through the contract and, most importantly, decide if we are the right fit for each other. If I feel there is someone else who you may be more suited to I will suggest a referral and you can decide what to do next.
What I can help with
Abuse, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Asperger syndrome, Bereavement, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults, Trainee
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling