About me

 

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I practise integrative counselling, which means I bring together different elements of various specific therapies. I draw from four main approaches, Person Centred, Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each person in all situations so I will tailor each session to your individual needs.

I can help with a wide range of problems including low mood, depression, stress, anxiety, panic attacks, grief/bereavement and loss, eating problems, infertility, relationships, low self-esteem, identity, traumatic experiences, work or study issues.

My training and experience enables me to work with clients on a short-term focused or goal-orientated basis, as well as open-ended sessions to enable us to explore personal challenges at a deeper level.

I work with individual adults, couples and young people within my private practice and in addition to theoretical knowledge and experience, I provide a confidential and professional environment. I bring warmth, empathy, a non-judgemental attitude and a sense of humour. I can be gently challenging where necessary, while being supportive and compassionate.

In couples work, I draw upon my integrative model as well as systemic theory which can help us to look at how we behave within families and couples (systems). I aim to help couples to understand how external factors such as family values, lifestyle and culture can affect relationships and how to communicate in a more constructive way, as well as understanding why arguments escalate and how to negotiate and resolve conflicts where possible.

I believe that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is paramount for successful, meaningful therapy.

Aside from counselling, I have worked for many years in corporate business environments and therefore understand the pressures for those who work within them. I have experience working with clients whose demands of work have impacted on personal lives and relationships, and those who have experienced redundancy, work place bullying and stress.

I am BACP Registered and I undergo regular clinical supervision and hold full insurance in line with BACP guidelines for best practice.

I am committed to continuing professional development and attend regular training and workshops to inform and broaden my practice.
I hold an enhanced DBS certificate and full professional insurance.