I am a qualified Integrative counsellor who draws on a variety of theoretical models and interventions to suit my clients. This may include body awareness, mindfulness practices, role play, drawing or other creative interventions to help clients express themselves.
I have worked as a counsellor for St Margaret’s Hospice for three years, being alongside people who are suffering after losing someone significant in their lives or who are caring for someone who is terminally ill.
I have a particular interest in relationship difficulties, whether this is with parents, children, friends, work colleague or partners. I believe relationships are core to our existence and when we experience difficulty in maintaining these it can affect our lives significantly.
I continue to acquire new knowledge and skills by attending training courses and workshops. I also continue to work on my own self development both individually with a therapist and attend regular personal development courses as it is important to me that I maintain my own emotional health and professionalism.
I am BACP registered and abide by the BACP code of ethics.
Sometimes it is difficult to fathom out how to be with situations or aspects of ourselves which challenge us and leave us feeling conflicted, anxious or unhappy in ourselves. Seeing a counsellor gives you a time to explore all aspects of yourself in a safe, caring and non judgemental space. We will work together to gain fresh insight into the problems and emotional responses that impact on your daily life. This will allow the possibility of greater inner peace and help towards moving forward with the situations that are troubling you.
My philosophy for working with people is for both of us to try to discover more helpful compassionate ways of relating to yourself and others and being in the world.
Counselling is a shared experience and I believe that the counselling relationship is at the heart of the therapy, and is key to opening up the possibility for healing wounds, gaining insight and developing as a human being with all our vulnerabilities. I am aware that it takes time and courage to build up trust in someone with whom you can let into the depth of your being. As a start, I offer an initial free half an hour session for us to meet to see if you feel at ease with me and I can be of help to you. If you decide you feel comfortable with me and want to start counselling, I will ask you to commit to an initial six sessions. Towards the end of our sixth session we will review their usefulness to you and whether you would like, if necessary, to continue to see me. If that is the case, we can agree a plan that is most beneficial to you and your situation.
Is counselling for me?
Counselling can be helpful in many areas and nothing is ever too small. Below are some of the things people might bring to counselling:-
- Difficulty in relationship
- Pattern of choosing unsatisfactory partners
- Struggling to cope whilst caring for someone
- Tendency to overwork and its effects
- How to cope after retirement
- Unsatisfactory relationship with food, alcohol or drugs
- Low Self Esteem
- Anxiety and Depression
- Loss of relationship
- Anger management
- How to manage on a daily basis
- Want to feel more content
- Suffering in a Domestic Violence Relationship
- Wanting to know yourself better
- Childhood trauma
My standard fee for a 50 minute session is £35.00 after the initial free half hour session.
If you would like to talk to me or make an appointment please leave a message on 07733121819 or 01935 862767 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.