Counselling can feel a very exposing and vulnerable experience, and it is important that you find someone you feel comfortable enough with to share your thoughts and feelings without fear of being judged. With that in mind I’ve provided a brief description of my qualifications and way of working to give you a general idea of what you can expect if you decide to come to me for counselling. If you have any questions about my training, experience or counselling approach I’m happy to discuss this at an initial appointment or for you to get in touch by email or phone to help you decide.
I am a fully qualified integrative therapist and accredited member of the BACP. My original training was in pluralistic therapy, which is an integrative approach that draws on different therapeutic methods help different people at different times. This means I have trained in a broad range of different therapeutic models, such as person-centred, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, mindfulness, existential, transactional analysis and gestalt, and will work together with you to discover what way of counselling/therapy can be most helpful to you at this time.
If you decide it is the right time to you to come to counselling I will work with you in a collaborative way to allow for the therapy to go at your own pace in a way that is safest, comfortable and effective for you. I listen without judgement and will work alongside you to discover what is going on for you, what changes to your thinking/behaviour, if any, you want to make and how counselling can facilitate this.
I have a PgDip/MSc in Counselling and an MA (Hons) in Psychology, and have also completed further specialist training such as Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) training.
As well as being in private practice I have worked and volunteered as a counsellor within a number of organisations, such as Childline over the phone and online, in a substance and gambling misuse service, in Rape Crisis and Womens Aid centres and within general counselling agencies.