- Phone number
- 07834 066150
- Concessionary rates
I currently have daytime and some evening availability during the week.
About me and my therapy practice
*Online and phone sessions available during the current Coronavirus pandemic. We can focus on what immediate support you need to navigate this challenging time, as well as looking at deeper issues if you wish*
- Free exploratory first session,
- Focus on managing both the immediate issues (eg high anxiety, panic attacks) and the deeper themes
- Experienced in working with adults and young people
- Experience in working with issues relating to anxiety, low mood/depression, shame, trauma, grief, bereavement, cancer, relationships and intimacy
I offer what most people think of as 'therapy' - talking, exploring thoughts and feelings, working with the parts of us that may feel vulnerable, lost, abandoned, low... and at the same time, I offer an approach that goes deeper than merely fixing the symptoms of our unease, sadness, lack of meaning and sense of disconnection.
Rather than focusing on getting rid of your 'problems', you and I will aim to make sense of them, asking what the deeper part of you may be trying to communicate as you face them.
The problems may well change, or disappear, but as we turn towards this part of us, exploring the hidden valleys, the dark forests and the breathtaking mountain peaks within us, we begin to notice what is being communicated. We listen for the whispers of our deepest self in dreams, images, stories, myth and our body's movements. We may then find that our life naturally changes in ways that weren't expected and yet is richer, more intimate and more meaningful.
I currently also offer counselling at Force, Exeter’s cancer charity. In addition to being a qualified and experienced counsellor, I am currently training to be a psychotherapist.
I offer an integrative approach that draws on different models and theories such as Jungian ideas, mindfulness, archetypal psychology, child development theory, neuroscience and ecopsychology. We may also weave in ritual, myth, and the natural elements into our work together if that suits you.
Compassion is at the heart of my approach and informs all of my work. Whatever you are with, your thoughts and feelings, are offered a space of acceptance.
Evidence suggests that it is the 'relationship that heals', and so our relationship will form a crucial part of our work. We may pay attention to what is going on between us. This may sound scary, or challenging, and it can be! But what happens in the relationship can reveal a lot about what has happened to you and what happens between you and others in your life, and can open up doors to our work that can be illuminating and transformative.
I seek to offer ‘soulful counselling’. This is not about any religious idea of soul. And it is not about aiming for you to be 'fixed' so that you function as society tells you that you 'should'!
Instead it is about exploring together what it is to be alive, what moves, inspires and affects you. This approach includes seeking to feel the quality and depth of your wounding, and creating a life that has more depth, meaning and heart in it.
The soul speaks through story, imagery, dreams, archetypes, symbols and turns of phrase, all of which we can pay attention to in our work together. Our work may support you to ‘re-vision’ the place of emotional wounding in your life, and your hopes, dreams and desires.
The beauty of this approach is that daily life, the niggles, the difficulties, the daily irritations and the little anecdotes, reveal to us the information we need to move towards a more soulful life.
My first session
Our first session is free of charge and will last up to 45 minutes. It is a chance for us both to experience what it might be like to work together. I will ask you about what prompted you to make contact and to outline what is going on for you right now. I might also ask you a few other questions such as whether you have had counselling or therapy before, how your physical and mental health is, and who is in your life. The session is also an opportunity to ask me about how I work with clients, and any questions that you have that you would like answered. I hope that you will leave the session, whether you continue or not, feeling like you have more of an idea about counselling, whether it is right for you and who you are looking for in a counsellor.
What I can help with
Abuse, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Asperger syndrome, Bereavement, Cancer, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Service veterans, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Clients I work with
Adults, Children, 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