I am an integrative counsellor which means I use a range of approaches and techniques in order to tailor my way of working to take account of your unique needs and preferences. I do not believe in a one size fits all approach.
My core training is in the person centred approach. In simple terms, this approach is based upon the idea that we each have within us an innate ability to grow and fulfil our potential. Sometimes life experiences can disrupt or block this ability and we need some help to unblock it. I will place you at the heart of the therapy and work with you to to understand you and your world from your perspective, rather than presuming that I know what it's like to be you.
At the beginning of therapy, I will talk to you about what you are hoping to achieve and your preferences for working together. We can review the work regularly and make changes as needed. I may suggest things which I think will be useful for you but I will never make you do something you don't want to.
Therapy is your time and your space to use in whatever way feels right for you.
I spent almost 20 years working as a projects lawyer and in legal regulation. Although at first, I thrived on the pressure, over time, I found I was unable to balance work, home and raising a family. Eventually I experienced burnout.
When my GP suggested counselling I didn't know what to expect and wasn't convinced talking to someone would help. Over time, therapy helped me to make sense of my thoughts and feelings and to begin to feel like "me" again.
I spent some time working with women with post-natal depression. I trained as a work-based Trauma Practitioner, Mentor and Wellbeing Supporter. Later, I qualified as a Recovery Coach and started a peer support group for people experiencing problems with alcohol.
Alongside my private practice, I work as an outreach counsellor for a charity supporting survivors of rape and sexual violence.
CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Level 3 Award in Supporting Trauma Risk Management
Recovery Coaching Certificate
Certificate in Addictive Desire Recognition
Continuing Professional Development
The Fundamentals of Working with Couples
Introduction to Transactional Analysis (TA101)
Goals in Therapy - Actualising our deepest directions
Talking it Better, from insight to change in the therapy room
Existential Therapy - basic principles and how to integrate them