I am trained integratively which means I combine methods and understandings from a variety of counselling theories, to best meet your individual needs. My approach is based on person-centred values and the importance of relational connection, integrating humanistic and attachment theories, as well as coping behaviours that can help with day to day living. I aim to offer you a therapy space where we can build a collaborative, connected relationship that feels safe and supportive. My role within that relationship is not about telling you what to do or making decisions for you, but to support you in exploring your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and relationships to achieve greater clarity, understanding and the possibility of growth, through increased self-awareness.
I often support clients experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship issues, challenging family dynamics, loss of identity and self-esteem difficulties.
An area of special interest is working with loss and grief, including bereavement by suicide and perinatal loss. I have been a volunteer for the PANDAS Foundation and spent some years as a bereavement counsellor in a hospice working with patients and family members. I also offer a safe and supportive counselling space to explore anticipatory loss for carers of people living with life-limiting and chronic illnesses.
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I adhere to their Ethical Framework and professional standards. I am committed to providing the best service I can to all of my clients and am supported by regular supervision to ensure my practice is safe and current.
BSc (Hons) Therapeutic Counselling (University of Surrey)
Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
CPCAB Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills
Continuous Professional Development
I regularly develop my knowledge and practice through additional professional training and learning in areas including:
Therapy for Trauma Related Guilt
LGB Sexuality Awareness
Childhood Sexual Abuse
Suicide Crisis Training
Early Years Attachment
Perinatal Mental Health
Accredited Counsellor training for The Foundation for Infant Loss
Dementia Friend trained
My Own Journey
Before training to become a counsellor I spent many years working in both state and independent education, in HR administration and training. Over time I realised that my relationships with people, both staff and students, were far more important to me than working with statistics and spreadsheets and that I very much wanted to re-train for a career that I had been interested in for a long time. I love what I do and it is a privilege to sit alongside each of my clients and be part of their story, whether briefly or for a longer period of time.