I aim to nurture the person you are or would like to be so you can live a healthier and more fulfilling life
I am a person-centred counsellor, and I believe in your potential to overcome life difficulties, heal past or present hurts and continue to be the best you can be. I aim to nurture that potential within you.
I will relate to you in a warm, genuine, understanding and non-judgemental way - this is the kind of person I am, and I believe these qualities can help you make choices and changes you want to make and continue with a healthier and more fulfilling life.
What happens at the introductory session?
My aim for this 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.
I will meet you with fresh eyes and a curious mind - even if I have met many people with similar struggles to you. I'm interested in the unique person that you are.
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 a chance to talk.
If we decide to work together, we'll arrange how we are going to start - for example, the day, time and number of sessions.
I usually suggest an initial commitment of 6 sessions, and this can often help us decide whether short-term or longer-term counselling is appropriate for you.
What happens in subsequent sessions?
You decide what you want to explore, and I will work alongside you at your pace.
I will listen at a deep level, yet I'm not a passive listener - I actively engage with you and provide feedback, and this can help you gain new insights and perspectives and develop as an individual, couple or family.
Sometimes, it's difficult to put feelings and experiences into words, and I offer the option of using art alongside counselling, including making visual images through collage, drawing or colour, and this can be an effective way of helping you to:
I have also received training in expressive arts therapy - combining one art form with another, including guided meditation, music, art and writing.
If you're a couple or family, I sometimes 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.
I won't make decisions for you or provide solutions - I believe in allowing you the space to discover things for yourself. What I will do is help you move forward in a way that is meaningful to you.
I have experienced counselling myself and felt the benefits in all areas of my life, and I have also witnessed many other people grow through the experience.
I have worked with adults for years - initially through support roles within the public and voluntary sector such as Women's Aid, Solent Mind, NHS Adult Mental Health and Cruse Bereavement Care.
I have been a counsellor since 2011, and I continue to work with adults affected by bereavement, grief, domestic abuse and mental health issues.
I have both personal insight and professional knowledge of autism, and I support individuals on the autism spectrum and parents of children on the autism spectrum.
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 designed and facilitated 8-week bereavement support groups in the past. I currently facilitate a group for women with lived experience of mental health issues, and the group is well-received by members.
Qualifications and training
I am an Accredited Professional Registrant of the National Counselling Society, and I adhere to their Code of Ethical Practice. I am also an Accredited Member of the Foundation for Infant Loss.
I regularly consult with a counselling supervisor and undertake continuing professional development in the form of courses, workshops and reading.
I am a member of the Person-Centred Association (TPCA), listed on Psychology Today and the Welldoing Directory.
My qualifications include:
I am trained in First Aid and have undertaken continuing professional development in the following areas: