working with adults and Couples
My training as an Integrative Counsellor means I am able to work in a variety of ways. This means
I am really able to work with you and tailor our sessions together to work in a way that really suits
you. You may just want to talk, and feel most comfortable with this, or you may want to work more
creatively and find it easier to articulate yourself using art, or drawing or Sand-tray. My
philosophy is rooted in Person Centred practice, but I work with T.A. Gestalt, Mindfulness or
Psycho-Dynamic if I feel they are right for you. My aim as your Counsellor is to work with you
relationally. I believe it is your unique subjective experience that is central to our work together
whatever approach I use.
I believe the Counselling process should work around valuing your individuality. As a Humanistic
Therapist I believe we all have the capacity to be the best we can be, and that ultimately we all
want to move towards being happy and fulfilled.
Central to my philosophy is the importance of the relationship between the Client and the
Counsellor. My aim is to provide you a safe, confidential space in which you can explore how you
experience your world.
As a Counsellor I am trained to help you become more aware of how patterns, themes or
experiences in your life may be affecting your current situation. My aim is to help you find a new
path forward, encouraging you to consider new perspectives and find a way that works more
positively for you.
Couples Counselling is based on the same premise, but we will be looking at how our individual differences and similarities impact the relationship. Often conflict arises from mis-understanding and a need to learn more constructive ways to communicate. We each bring our own individual process into the dynamic of the relationship so working with a trained therapist, in a safe, neutral environment can often help us to learn to work together to rebuild and strengthen our connections.
Working with children and young people.
Having the opportunity to be open, honest and real in a safe
space that is confidential and non-judgemental.
Counselling can provide you with a place to work through
real life problems and can help you develop a better understanding of yourself and the situation you may find yourself in.
Seeking the support of a qualified counsellor, someone who
isn't directly involved, can often be the key to learning new ways of being, or dealing with life's stresses. Or it can simply provide you with a place to unload, where you feel heard and understood.
My aim is to walk along-side you on your journey, offering you support to find your way to a more positive and fulfilling future.
Childhood, and particularly Adolescence can be a very challenging time. The transition from Child to Adult, even under normal circumstances, can often be a time of anxiety and stress.
The pressures of Social and Cultural expectation, bodily changes, hormones, relationships, social media and exams to name a few. This can be a difficult time to manage and express your thoughts and feelings.
Life circumstances can further exacerbate this, the death of a relative, your parents marriage breaking down, or bullying at school. You may find yourself turning to less constructive ways trying to take control of your life. Eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-harm, and anti-social behaviour could begin to form part of your way of coping.
As young people, you need to feel heard and be seen, especially if you may feel you don't have the language to articulate yourself properly, or you fear upsetting or causing further problems with the ones you love.
Counselling can provide emotional support, in a confidential and secure environment. It can be a place where you feel you are being understood, without judgement or critisism, and be really heard.
My work with you will aim to help you get in touch with your thoughts and feelings. To help you first learn to recognise yourself, and then develop more successful ways of coping and building resilience. Ultimately, I want to help you develop a better understanding of yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, and walk alongside you as you find what works better for you.
I believe we all have the capacity to achieve our full potential, and my counselling approach offers acceptance, honesty, trust, and challenge where appropriate, to help you develop a more confident and positive attitude to life.
My Counselling approach allows me to work with you therapeutically in a variety of ways. I am able to work creatively, so with sand-tray, art, games or miniatures, or we can simply explore your world by talking. We decide together how we work, and it is important that you know that what we do during our sessions is your choice, and you always remain in control.
Note for parents; I hold a current DBS Certificate.
I am a Registered member of The British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), and am bound by a strict code of ethics. This means that I ensure to work to the highest standards of practice and confidentiality. I hold Professional Indemnity insurance, and attend regular Supervision to ensure my work remains ethical and safe (as required by the BACP).