I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist providing a professional and confidential service in a peaceful and safe environment in which you can explore your problems, your life or whatever it is that is affecting your well-being at this time.
To embark on counselling is to enter a deeply personal and therapeutic relationship with someone who can help you to find your way to live your life more joyfully and to cope with the various problems that are a part of our lives. I often liken counselling to having someone walk with you awhile during a difficult part of your life.
Furthermore, counselling provides you with the time and space to talk things through, reflect and explore aspects of yourself, your relationship and your life. It can be invaluable in helping you determine what you would like from life; assist in exploring who you really are; and help you take the action you need to change your life.
The type of counselling that I offer aims to empower you so that you can work through your problems yourself. It facilitates and nurtures the inherent healing ability in you. I provide a safe space and therapeutic relationship that is conducive in helping you do this.
Key parts of the therapeutic relationship include acceptance, non-judgement, authenticity, empathy, feeling heard and understood and a deep soulful connection. I may also offer a different perspective to your situation through unprejudiced reflection. This helps particularly when you ‘can’t see the wood for the trees’. Counselling can help you to see more clearly.
Counselling is not about giving advice, nor does it offer a miracle cure. There is no diagnosis. Instead it is an opportunity for you to have someone who can listen, reflect, and help you to shed light on your problems. Appropriate tools and techniques may be offered to help you on your journey but never underestimate the power and healing in truly being heard and having someone hold space for you. Counselling has the potential to elicit positive changes in you and subsequently your life.
Many clients have described how the process has helped them gain clarity, perspective, insights, realisations and increased self-awareness as well as processing through painful feelings and letting go of unhelpful and even destructive thoughts, fears and limiting beliefs.
I am a humanistic counsellor / psychotherapist, with a particular passion for the person-centred approach. I also draw on other theoretical approaches, modalities and techniques which enable me to tailor the way in which I work with you to most suit your needs. I may also bring in other techniques I’ve learned and experienced such as mindfulness, meditation, visualisation, and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP).
I undertake both long and short term work and also work with nationally recognised Employee Assistance Programme providers. I am LGBT+ inclusive.
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professsions. Being accredited means that I have demonstrated and continue to demonstrate to BACP the capacity for independent, competent, ethical practice.