I am a registered and experienced Counsellor, who specializes in working with individuals who are ready to be empowered and make positive life changes. I believe each of us deserves to live more active, positive and fulfilling lives. Feel free to contact me with any questions, and learn how to reach your full potential.
“When someone really hears you without passing judgment on you, without trying to take responsibility for you, without trying to mould you, it feels damn good. When I have been listened to and when I have been heard, I am able to re-perceive my world in a new way and to go on. It is astonishing how elements which seem insoluble become soluble when someone listens. How confusions which seem irremediable turn into relatively clear flowing streams when one is heard.” Carl Rogers
I aim to provide a safe environment, in which I will work with you, at your pace, to build a therapeutic relationship. The relationship we will build is key. It will enable the exploration of your past and present life issues. Together we will find a way forward.
To keep you safe and to guarantee that therapeutic standards are maintained, I am a member of and registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and work according to its code of ethics and standards.
I work in private practice and also for CRUSE where I have trained in specialist Bereavement Counselling. I also work in Residential Rehabilitation supporting recovering addicts. I support adults and young people with
Sexual, emotional and mental abuse
WHAT IS COUNSELLING
"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.
The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change." Carl Rodgers.
Counselling is time set aside by you and your Counsellor to look at what has brought you to counselling. This might include talking about life events (past and present), feelings, emotions, relationships, ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour. Your Counsellor will do their best to help you to look at your issues, and to identify the right course of action for you, either to help you resolve your difficulties or help you find ways of coping. Talking about these things may take time, and will not necessarily all be included in one session.
A counselling session lasts for 50 minutes and takes place in a quiet, confidential setting.
WHAT HAPPENS IN YOU FIRST COUNSELLING SESSION?
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” Rumi, (13th Century poet and scholar.)
You may be nervous, but that’s normal and I hope to quickly put you at ease explaining
how I go about counselling and for us to get to know about each other.
If we both feel okay, we can set a time and day for our sessions and there is no charge for this first introductory meeting.
We will start slowly and only when you are ready you will hopefully feel free to tell me what brought you to counselling. We can then step by step explore together the things and feelings you may wish to talk about.
TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS
I trained at West Kent College in Humanistic Counselling, in the schools of Person Centred, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis. At the same time I successfully completed the Cruse Course in Bereavement Counselling and practise as a Bereavement Counsellor. Person Centred is at the core of my work but integrate other schools when appropriate.
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Skills.
Certificate in Bereavement Counselling
Psychology. BSc Hons
MSc. Social and Occupational Psychology
Further Training and Workshops
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Working with Children
Anxiety and Neuroscience
The first session is free
Subsequent 50-minute sessions are £40.
Sessions cancelled at less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged in full.
Concessionary rates can be reviewed.