You may wish to know a little about me before deciding whether to make contact
I have always enjoyed working with people, and I have a background in providing emotional and mental health support within voluntary and public sector organisations, such as:
I have been working as a counsellor since 2011, am a registrant member of the National Counselling Society, and I have been awarded a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.
I am passionate about counselling, wellbeing practices such as meditation, being outdoors and connecting with nature, and creativity and self-expression through art and writing.
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.
I have supported adults with a range of life challenges, including bereavement, loss and grief, mental health issues, the effects of domestic abuse, pregnancy and parenting issues, stress, confidence, self-esteem and relationship issues.
I have personal insight and professional knowledge of autism and have supported individuals on the autism spectrum, and parents of children suspected of or recently diagnosed with autism.
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. Being creative is a part of this, as this can expand our possibilities for growth and change.
As a person-centred counsellor, I believe you have the strength and inner resources to heal, grow and change, yet understand that life gets in the way of that. Relationships and or life events may have affected your self-esteem, ability to trust, your sense of identity or self-belief.
I'm committed to supporting you as best I can, with whatever you choose to bring to counselling, and by creating and providing an environment where you feel safe, accepted, valued and understood.
I am fully registered with the National Counselling Society and abide by their Code of Ethical Practice
I am a registrant member of the National Counselling Society, and I abide by their Code of Ethical Practice.
I am also a Practitioner Member of the Person-Centred Association, listed on Psychology Today and the Welldoing Directory.
I regularly consult with a counselling supervisor, and undertake continuing professional development in the form of courses, workshops and reading.
I have completed four years training in counselling, and further specific training in grief and bereavement counselling and couple and family counselling. My professional qualifications include:
Continuing professional development
I am trained in First Aid and have undertaken continuing professional development in the following areas:
My approach is genuine, caring and non-judgemental, and I can provide both long and short-term counselling
Counselling sessions are your time, and I trust you will bring what feels important to you, including setting and working towards any goals.
I may offer information and encourage self-care, yet I won't give advice, provide solutions or make decisions for you. Everyone is different, and only you can know what is right 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 that you can gain a fresh perspective on things and develop your awareness.
Sessions can include the use of therapeutic art and or writing - sometimes, it's hard to put thoughts and feelings into spoken words. Alternatively, you may prefer a creative counselling approach or wish to experiment with these mediums.
I am also familiar with practices such as meditation and mindfulness, and I can support you if you wish to try out or develop this practice for yourself.
My goal in counselling is to help you make sense of your difficulties, find a way through them and continue to be the best that you can be.
We can explore the possibility of counselling together through an introductory session
This session offers an opportunity for us to meet, ask questions, and talk through counselling. It's natural to feel some anxiety about this, yet I'll do my utmost to make you feel welcome and at ease.
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.
If we decide to work together, I will suggest an initial commitment of 6 sessions, which includes a review of the work already undertaken.
You can contact me to book an introductory session or to ask any questions you may have
I can provide online or phone sessions through Zoom, Facetime or Skype, or see you at my private practice in Eastleigh, which is easy to get to from Winchester and Southampton.
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.