As an integrative counsellor, I endeavour to facilitate a safe and compassionate process of helping you share what is bothering you and lessen the toll it is taking on your emotional wellbeing. Particular emphasis is placed on providing you with warm, non-judgemental and humanistic care so that you feel properly heard, supported and respected. Working in the here and now, I place a strong focus on listening carefully to how you see your immediate situation and providing an appropriate approach suited to your circumstances.
Face-to-face sessions aim to help you examine current concerns and develop resilience for improved coping in the face of difficulty. Some clients may benefit from exploring the connection between thoughts and feelings, so from time to time I may use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy techniques that 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 challenging situations.
My holistic and 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. Overall, my integrative approach is based on the premise of helping you to help yourself, so that you develop coping methods that will result in further healing beyond therapy.
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 trauma and/or loss.
I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society and on a register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
If you want to understand a bit more about counselling, this website may help:
National Counselling Society.