- Phone number
- 07950 286192
- Flexible hours available
- Concessionary rates
Due to the current coronavirus restrictions I am not currently working face to face , however I am available for online counselling using video conferencing software provided by Zoom and WhatsApp.
About me and my therapy practice
I am an experienced Person Centred Counsellor, I qualified at Warwick University, in 2007 and I am an Accredited member with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have practiced for 15 years working with adults and young people over the age of 16 and have worked with hundreds of clients who have struggled with a wide range of complex personal problems and mental health difficulties.
In my voluntary role at a large counselling agency in Birmingham, which I held from 2005 until 2019 , I gained the experience of over a thousand counselling sessions working with a wide range of clients. During this time I was involved in developing the overall management processes of the Centre, coordinated In-Service Training, facilitated role play and observation in the assessment of potential Placement Counsellors, was a Student Mentor, and I was also a Team Leader for many years. I continue to work for a charitable counselling agency.
Training and qualifications.
Diploma in Person Centred (Rogerian) Counselling and Psychotherapy.. University of Warwick . September 2005 to July 2007
Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling. October 2020. The Counselling Tutor. Approved by ACTO. Association for Counselling and Therapy Online
Certificate in Counselling Skills. Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body. July 2005
Mediation Practitioners Certificate. Uk Mediation September 2009
Extensive training in Trauma based difficulties
How can I help?
The aim of counselling is to increase self awareness, self reliance and to resolve difficult feelings with the intention to bring about effective change to enhance well being and quality of life.
Often in life we ignore what we need to do to make us truly happy as we are busy trying to gain the approval of those close to us, often to no avail. This creates incongruence , which is experienced as anxiety. Anxiety is the way your body tries to alert you to the painful discord between your true inner self and the self you present to the world. The harder you try to please everyone else the more unhappy you can become. The anxiety builds and this becomes a problem in itself. My role is to help you become aware of this incongruence such that you can begin to make choices which are beneficial and are aligned to your own needs and aspirations in life, when we can do this the anxiety is resolved.
My approach is to help you to explore the self which is often hidden beneath the persona you present to the world. With courage and honesty, I will share with you what I see and hear so you can experience yourself from many different perspectives. More than holding up a mirror, i will offer up a prism to enable you to see the many different facets of your experience and feelings. I am resolved to help you become aware of any discord between what you say and what your body language and tone of voice communicate. I offer you my commitment, courage and honesty to help you to dig deeper into this discord, to uncover what is unsaid, or unacknowledged to help you discover you true self.
Part of developing your self awareness is to become aware of the unconscious patterns and automatic thoughts that are occurring in your everyday life. By understanding these reflex processes it is possible to make choices and changes which were previously unavailable to you.
My first session
Before our first session I can send you an information sheet about counselling and working online, this will explain what you can expect from your counselling sessions and how we shall work together. I will also send you a copy of my Counselling Agreement which sets out our responsibilities to each other when we begin our sessions. Once you have had an opportunity to read through this information we can arrange our first session.
The first session is a chance for us to get to know each other, to understand what has brought you to counselling and to make sure that counselling is going to be the most helpful step for you given your current circumstances. I will try to answer any questions that you have about the information I have sent to you or about counselling in general. This session is also a chance for you to decide if I am the right counsellor for you.
This session is provided a free of charge.
What I can help with
Abuse, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work