I have genuine empathy for anyone who is struggling with difficulties in their life. Unhelpful and counter-productive patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving can contribute to poor mental health, dissatisfaction with life and unhappiness. Traumatic experiences in childhood and/or as an adult can compound the problems and make life seem very difficult to navigate.
With the right support, such as the counselling relationship offers, it is possible to overcome difficulties and find strength, happiness, meaning, and fulfilment in our lives, even during the really challenging periods.
I understand the courage it requires to take the first step and seek help. But I also know that it is possible to find a way through challenging personal issues and difficult times and lead a happier and more productive life, with more meaningful relationships and less emotional instability.
About me and how I work
I originally studied English Literature at university, followed by a career in finance. But after a parenting career break I decided to follow a different path and retrained as a counsellor, a choice largely influenced by my own life experiences and my personal journey through counselling and healing.
I work with adult clients in my private practice with problems including: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, low self-esteem, poor self-confidence, identity issues, family, friendship or relationship problems, self-destructive behaviours and addictions, childhood sexual abuse, sexual violence, domestic violence and abuse, trauma, PTSD, eating disorders and body image issues.
I will actively listen and offer you my skills, time and understanding to talk about your particular issues, with the aim of reducing negative feelings and confusion and increasing your ability to cope with challenges and make positive changes to your life. In the counselling sessions you explore your own experiences, and so ideally you need to be open to self-exploration and to identifying what factors in your personal history and current life are maintaining and/or are causing your current issues.
It is important that the counselling relationship is one of trust and respect. I will be impartial and non-judgemental, providing a safe and confidential environment for you to explore and make sense of who you are, your life and your experiences. My role as a counsellor is to support you to explore your thought and behaviour patterns, and this may involve gently challenging your beliefs and thought processes in order to help you see things from different perspectives.
I have full public liability and indemnity insurance, an up-to-date Enhanced DBS certificate, and I practice under the ethical framework established by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This means that I am committed to working with you in a safe and professional way that empowers you to identify what choices you have available to you and what resources you already possess.