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All major holidays and public holidays. Other dates are varied and will be communicated when relevant.
About me and my therapy practice
As a counsellor, I work from the perspective that counselling is an opportunity to take time to identify and respond to the significant events, intepersonal relationships, changes, losses, social and work challenges and decision-making which can influence the quality of an individual's life. Some challenges have clear, if not necessarily easy, solutions. Other difficulties or suffering cannot be changed, e.g. in the experience of bereavement. What can be altered in many situations is the level of self-kindness or compassion which can be brought to suffering, as well as the capacity to identify support structures or support people to help in the management of such stressful times.
I accept that life is made up of positive experiences and occasional periods of joys whilst also bringing challenge and change and the attendant upheavals and varied and difficult emotions which result from these experiences. Counselling provides the opportunity to identify and give considered attention to these varied emotions and encourages looking at ways in which to bring compassionate understanding into our everyday lives.
I am interested in how the mind, and brain, responds to stress and how distress impacts on the capacity to think clearly and can result in a feeling of being overwhelmed. I bring aspects of this understanding into my work as a counsellor when I belief it will support the work we are undertaking. An understanding of adverse childhood experiences and training in trauma also inform my counselling. The principles and practice of mindfulness influence my work with young people and with adults.
My broader experience has included education and management, pastoral care, multi-national/cultural communities. I am registered to work with people whose lives have been affected by adoption (Registered with Link/Barnardos).
My private practice incorporates face-to-face sessions and both telephone and online counselling, the latter in response to the many changes in working environments in recent times. My private practice is primarily with adults through self-referral and corporate and organizational referrals such as EAPs.
I have worked for many years as a school counsellor.
My first session
First sessions are primarily 60 minute sessions focussing on assessing the individual's needs, the motivation and expectations of counselling and the projection for this work going forward.
Occasionally it is useful to have an extended first session, e.g. 90 minutes, but this can be discussed based on individual need. The fee is not increased where this extension is agreed.
What I can help with
Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Identity issues, Loss, Relationships, Self esteem, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Brief therapy, Humanistic, Person centred, Solution focused brief therapy
Clients I work with
Adults, EAP, Older adults, Young people