What you can expect in our sessions
I am passionate about working with both adults and young people and believe the most important part of counselling is building a good relationship. I know from personal experience that opening up to someone new can be a nerve-wracking experience and feeling comfortable with your counsellor makes all the difference.
With this in mind, I welcome you to counselling with the understanding that you may feel anxious, unsure or sceptical and I offer you an environment that is free from criticism and where you can feel safe to be yourself.
I value warmth, compassion and transparency in my work. Though I know that I do not hold all the answers, I promise to be with you through whatever struggles or chaos you may be experiencing and help you to find ways to work through it. I am comfortable to sit with things that are difficult, traumatic, embarrassing or awkward; we are a team in counselling and I will be there alongside you.
My role is to help you explore what is going on, the areas you may feel stuck and the things that are keeping you there. I will offer encouragement alongside gentle challenges so that you are able to meet these difficulties in a new way.
I am an integrative practitioner, meaning that I have trained in and use a variety of approaches in my work depending on what is best for you, including Person Centred, Gestalt, CBT, Transactional Analysis and Creative Therapies. I specialise in working with creative approaches and interventions and I offer this in my work with both young people and adults. Creative interventions basically provide another way of us working together to explore an issue if you are feeling stuck or for when it feels hard to describe something with words.
Working with young people (11 - 18) and young adults (18 - 25)
I specialise in working with young people and young adults and have specific training for working with these age groups.
I work with those who have experienced trauma and historical abuse, as well as issues such as bullying, self-esteem, depression, eating, self-harm, suicide and bereavement, among other areas.
Young people and young adults say they feel understood and valued in our sessions together and that after the initial (often nervous!) meeting that they have really enjoyed coming to counselling.
Family therapy is also available and involves both individual sessions and group sessions.
I hold a current enhanced DBS certificate.
Working with adults
I work with adults experiencing many issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, grief and loss.
I specialise in working with parents who are struggling in their relationships with their children or who have experienced difficult, negative, absent or abusive parenting themselves as a child.
I also specialise in working with clients who are currently in abusive or manipulative relationships with their partners, or in relationships where they do not feel valued or satisfied.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), and I abide by their ethical code of practice. Being registered is an assurance that I meet a minimum standard for safe and ethical practice. I am fully insured to practice as an Integrative Counsellor.
Sessions are 60 minutes:
Individual counselling - £40
Couples/family/group therapy - £50
Student counselling - £35 (with student ID)
Telephone/online video counselling - £40
If you decide you would like to see me, we will arrange an initial no obligation 60 minute session to give you an opportunity to experience working together and start to explore what you might like get from counselling. This initial session is £30.
Telephone consultations are available free of charge.
Call or email me to make a booking for an appointment or to ask any questions.