If you are looking at this site then I would imagine that things have got to a point in your life where you want change! I am an experienced accredited Counsellor and I have worked in a therapeutic setting for the last 12 years. I work in a holistic way which includes looking at your thoughts, feelings, life experiences and behaviours. Many people have patterns that repeat themselves throughout their lives and can result in them feeling the same way over and over again. In reaction to this, you can end up feeling either emotionally or physically overwhelmed, or numb – where you don’t feel anything at all.
I understand that for some people, the decision to seek a counsellor can be a very overwhelming and difficult task and it is important that you find a counsellor that you feel comfortable working with. This can usually become clear through a telephone call or a first meeting. Often, when people are seeking counselling it is due to either internal feelings or external events which are impacting on the quality of their life. Counselling can provide you with a shared space in which you can explore yourself, your thoughts, your feelings and your behaviours. Having a new awareness around these ways of being enables you to feel a sense of empowerment and control over your life and allows you to make the changes that you feel necessary to experience a more fulfilled and meaningful existence. Remember: if you are willing to make the necessary changes, change can, and does, happen.
Counselling is a space where you can have a different experience of relating, where you are able to explore safely, and in a non-judgmental way, your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and experiences – some that you may have never shared with another – or alternatively, you have shared them and it has brought about another negative experience. Successful therapy, in my experience, is largely due to the relationship that you are able to have with your counsellor, which is why it is so important to find the right counsellor for you. Trust your intuition when choosing a counsellor, be aware of how you feel, ask yourself questions about how your body is feeling when you meet or speak to the counsellor, whether you feel heard, whether you feel valued and validated or if you are comfortable talking about difficult topics.
It is okay for you to ask the counsellor questions to alleviate any fears, hopes or expectations you have. There are many different ways of working through your issues: you are a unique individual and each individual responds differently to different ways of working together.
Whilst I work across all areas, I also specialise in working with survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, sexual violence and Trauma.
Psychology BSc 2001
Diploma in Integrative Counselling 2006
Cert in CBT 2010
PG in Supervision 2011
Imago Relationship Therapy (completing May 2015)