At the core of my work, I endeavour to facilitate a compassionate process of helping you share what is bothering you and lessen the toll on your emotional health. During my integrative training, I was exposed to several models of counselling. Today, the number of recognised therapeutic approaches continues to grow into the hundreds, which can be overwhelming for those seeking help. I came to understand there are merits to many modalities and I have a particular interest in person-centred, existential and pluralistic therapy, but ultimately I believe first and foremost in listening to a client and helping you understand yourself better, so I do not approach counselling from a single modality. I do place particular emphasis on providing you with warm, non-judgemental and humanistic care and listening carefully to how you see your immediate situation, so that you feel properly heard, supported and respected.
I often begin by inviting clients to collaborate on what they might need, whether that is unstructured person-centred exploration or a more directive process which might help you identify areas where broader thinking could enhance your enjoyment of life. You will be given the opportunity to have a dialogue to agree a starting point. It may be that we begin by helping you examine and understand current concerns, perhaps exploring areas of life where you feel stuck. Together we can work toward you developing improved coping in the face of difficulty.
My flexible approach takes into account your individual circumstances and is based on the belief (or credence!) that people can achieve change, overcome adversity and develop skills to withstand life’s challenges, if supported with respect and empathy. Some clients may especially benefit from exploring the connection between thoughts and feelings, so from time to time I may suggest exercises derived from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy that might reveal patterns of unhelpful or unwanted behaviour or obstructive thinking. Once understood, you can gain valuable insight, build resilience and increase your tolerance of difficult relationships or anxiety-provoking situations.
Overall, my approach is based on the premise of empowerment and autonomy, so that you develop coping methods that will result in further healing beyond therapy. If you want to understand a bit more about counselling modalities, perhaps take a look at the National Counselling Society.
I hold the following qualifications:
• Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
• Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
• Foundation for Infant Loss Accredited Professional
• Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills
• Awareness in Bereavement Care (Cruse Bereavement Care)
My background includes serving more than three years as a volunteer for the UK national charity Cruse Bereavement Care. I also spent several years living and working in the USA. This combined life experience enables me to work within a diversity of circumstances, including different age groups and ethnicities, those suffering anxiety and/or depression, and people suffering in the aftermath of loss.
I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society and on a register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.