I believe we all have the capacity for growth given the right conditions, and that a connected therapeutic relationship can facilitate that growth. As an integrative therapeutic counsellor I blend a primarily person-centred approach with other models including attachment theory and cognitive behavioural coping tools, working with the whole person to support mental, physical and emotional health. I work in a non-directive way and aim to offer a safe and non-judgemental therapy space in which to build a collaborative relationship. My role is not about telling you what to do, but to support you in accessing and exploring your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and to find greater clarity and understanding through increased self-awareness. I work with you to think about past experiences and relationships, in terms of how they are impacting you now.
I have experience supporting a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, men's mental health, family dynamics, relationship problems, loss or change of identity and self-esteem difficulties. I also have a particular interest in working with grief and loss and spent several years as a volunteer bereavement counsellor in a hospice, supporting family members and palliative care patients. My experience also includes providing a safe and supportive counselling space for carers of people living with life-limiting illness.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere to their Ethical Framework . 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.
I am a volunteer counsellor for Frontline19, supporting people working in the NHS and frontline services in the UK.
I have considerable experience working with bereavement, grief and loss and the overwhelming impact it can have. As a volunteer counsellor at a local hospice for three years, I worked with family members before and after bereavement, and with patients receiving palliative care.
I have also counselled young people aged 16 -19 at a local college, supporting a wide range of emotional mental health issues including anxiety, panic, low self-esteem, depression and self-harm.
MSc Mental Health - 2021 - 2023
BSc (Hons) Therapeutic Counselling - University of Surrey
CPCAB Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Level 3 Counselling Studies
CPCAB Level 2 Counselling Skills
Continuing Professional Development and Certification
Childhood Sexual Abuse - Hope for Healing
Depression - A Compassionate View
Suicide Crisis Training
National Counselling Society accredited Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
Attachment in the Early Years
The Tavistock and Portman Introduction to Perinatal Mental Health
Accredited Counsellor for Infant & Baby Loss - The Foundation for Infant Loss Training
Dementia Friend trained
Working in Palliative Care
Introduction to Eating Disorders
The Open University and BACP coronavirus primer
My Own Journey
Before training to become a counsellor I spent many years working in the education sector, both state and independent, in HR administration and training. Gradually I realised that my relationships with people were more important to me than working with numbers, and that I really wanted to re-train for a career that I had felt connected to for a long time. I love what I do and it is a privilege to sit alongside my clients and be part of their journey.
Sometimes finding the right words can be difficult, so to complement talking therapy I also work creatively if you would like to. This might involve using stones, shells, writing or drawing, but I am always led by what you would like to do. Working creatively can be a useful part of counselling, giving insights into subconscious feelings, thoughts and emotions and I am interested in creativity to support the counselling process.