Fees: £45 for 50 minutes
(with some concessional spaces available for those on benefits or students)
Professional and ethical membership:
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work within their framework for good practice. I am reliable and dedicated to professionalism in my work, whilst remaining down to earth and human!
I am a warm, down to earth and compassionate person, offering a safe, respectful and non- judgemental space for you to explore whatever is of concern or importance to you.
We can all find ourselves in times of difficulty, whether in a time of crisis, feeling stuck in repetitive patterns, feeling disconnected with ourselves or those around us, struggling to find meaning, or feeling like our true self has become buried. Counselling offers space to slow down and connect with yourself in the presence of another person, to be truly heard and to explore difficult thoughts or emotions. It can enable reflection on helpful or unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling and relating, and welcome deeper self-acceptance and self-compassion. Counselling does not have to be all about our struggles of course, and drawing upon your dreams, strengths, values and what brings you joy can be valuable too.
I believe all people are unique and therefore use my training, experience and intuition to work in a creative and flexible way that reflects this. Whether this is your first time coming to counselling or you have had counselling before, I will meet you where you are at and work collaboratively with you. This means that I see counselling as something that we do together, exploring together with curiosity what may be going on for you, a journey in which I will walk alongside you supportively, with openness and respect for you. I am aware that opening up can take time and be scary and will endeavour to go at a pace that is right for you.
As a counsellor, I have worked with people with a wide variety of struggles, from disordered eating to existential struggles, from anxiety to relationship difficulties. I could list many other areas but what I believe is most important is that I would see you as a whole person rather than as just your problems. I value the unique identity and experiences of each person I work with, and invite you to feel free to bring all of who you are into the room. I welcome you and your sexuality, gender, ethnicity, culture, race, class, disabilities, faith and spirituality.
Qualifications and experience:
I am fully qualified as a Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, with a post-graduate diploma from Brighton University. You do not need to understand what Humanistic counselling is to come see me! However, for those who would like to know more, my theoretical approach is predominantly person-centered, with a strong grounding in attachment theory and relational psychotherapy. I also draw upon elements of Transactional Analysis, Existential therapies and Gestalt. Before training as a counsellor I worked with people struggling with mental health or addiction, mainly within the homeless community. In this role I found myself able to connect with people from all walks of life and see people beyond the labels given to them. I learnt the value in opening up to the ‘shadowy’ sides of ourselves that we can shy away from, and the healing that can come from bringing these parts of ourselves into the light of an accepting person. Seeing the way these therapeutic relationships enabled people to grow towards their potential and become more truly themselves led me to training as a counsellor.
I wish you well in finding a counsellor that is a good ‘fit’ for you. If what I have written here resonates with you and you would like to explore working together then do get in touch to arrange an initial meeting.