My role is to enable you to achieve your healing and inner peace or live your life in a healthier and more fulfilling way
Counselling is a choice for anyone, regardless of their experience or background.
I have had counselling myself and felt the benefits in all areas of my life. I have also witnessed many other people heal, grow and change through the experience.
My approach to counselling is person-centred (developed by the Psychologist, Carl Rogers), yet its philosophy is something that I embrace in all areas of my life.
I believe you have the strength and inner resources to heal, grow and change, yet understand that life gets in the way of that. Perhaps relationships and life events have affected your self-esteem, ability to trust, your sense of identity or self-belief.
If you come for counselling with me, I will strive to relate to you in a warm, genuine, understanding and non-judgemental way. I trust that these qualities will provide you with the support and freedom to move forward with your life and feel more confident in coping with any future life difficulties.
The introductory session
Meeting me for the first time (and counselling in general) may cause you some anxiety - which is natural, yet I'll do my utmost to make you feel welcome and at ease. I offer a space where you can be just as you are - free from any outside pressures or expectations.
My aim for the introductory session is that we connect, you feel safe enough to share something of yourself - what's brought you to counselling and what you hope to achieve, and have an understanding of what I'm able to offer you.
If you come to this session as a couple or family, I'll be aiming to connect with both or all of you, and everyone will have an opportunity to talk, feel heard and understood.
If we decide to work together, we are both committing to the counselling, and we will sign the 'Working Agreement'. An initial commitment of 6 sessions will help us decide whether short (6-12 sessions) or long-term counselling is appropriate for you.
Working together in sessions
The counselling sessions are your time, so you decide what we explore together, including setting and working towards any goals.
I may offer information and encourage self-care skills, yet I won't provide solutions or make decisions for you. Everyone is different, and only you can know what is best for you.
I can listen at a deep level, yet I'm not a passive listener - I actively engage with you and provide feedback, so you can gain a fresh perspective on things and develop your awareness.
Sessions can include the use of art and other mediums - sometimes, it's hard to put thoughts and feelings into words. Alternatively, you may prefer a creative counselling approach or wish to try out the different art mediums.
If you're coming to counselling as a couple or family, I may suggest activities in the counselling room (such as role play) and between sessions, enabling you to try out and develop a different way of relating to each other.
My goal is to help you make sense of your difficulties, find a way through them and continue to be the best that you can be.
I have worked with adults of all ages since 2006 - initially through support roles within the public and voluntary sector
I have a background in providing emotional and mental health support within the public and voluntary sector organisations, including Women's Aid, Solent Mind, Bereavement Services, NHS Adult Mental Health and Cruse Bereavement Care.
I have worked as a counsellor since 2011, and I'm experienced in bereavement counselling, working with people affected by depression, anxiety or other mental health issues, domestic abuse counselling, and working with parents and parents-to-be.
I have both personal insight and professional knowledge of autism (ASD), and I can support individuals on the autism spectrum, and parents of children suspected of or recently diagnosed with autism.
I am a former volunteer for a county-wide Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) charity, so I am aware of the physical, social and emotional effects of this condition, as well as the stigma often associated with it.
I enjoy group work, and I have created and facilitated 8-week bereavement support groups in the past. I currently facilitate an open, ongoing group for women experiencing mental health issues, and the group is well-received by members.
I am fully registered with the National Counselling Society and I adhere to their Code of Ethical Practice
I am an Accredited Professional Registrant of the National Counselling Society, and I adhere to their Code of Ethical Practice. I am also bound by their complaints procedure currently in force.
I regularly consult with a counselling supervisor and undertake continuing professional development in the form of courses, workshops and reading.
I am also a Practitioner Member of the Person-Centred Association (TPCA), listed on Psychology Today and the Welldoing Directory.
I have been awarded the following qualifications:
Continuing professional development (CPD)
I am trained in First Aid and have undertaken continuing professional development in the following areas:
You can contact me to book an introductory session or to ask any questions you may have
If you would like to book an introductory session or ask questions before taking that step, please call 07729 193629 or submit the contact form on this website.