How can I help you and what makes me different from all the other therapists you have looked at? It is important when deciding which therapist to work with that you feel comfortable with them as you may be spending a long time with them, and a lot of money. You need to be able to trust them. You are about to tell them things you may never have disclosed to anyone else, thoughts, experiences, feelings that you have hidden away from others; so this is a big step. Will she judge me, how do I know she is the right person for me, can I do this? All of these questions will go through your head when you make that initial contact and it can be difficult to make that first step, but I’m glad you have made it this far.
So why me, what makes me different from all the rest? That is a difficult question to answer because I only know about me, what I can offer you. A safe pair of hands, space to explore your concerns, issues, dilemmas, time for yourself, where you are important without having to worry about others. I will work with you at your pace, ensuring your autonomy throughout the time we have together to ensure you are happy with the outcome.
I have worked in a general counselling practice since 2009, working with clients who are in their teens to those in retirement age and with both men and women. I work with clients who have relationship and bereavement issues, and those who are affected by anxiety, panic attacks, fear, anger, depression, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, or moments of disassociation. I also work with clients who have experienced sexual and/or physical abuse, domestic violence and post traumatic stress disorder. I also have experience of working with clients affected by hoarding
I work with individuals, couples and families.
I volunteer as a counsellor for First Step, an organisation run for male survivors of sexual abuse and their supporters, and I also work within a HM Prison. I am a registered Therapist for the PFOA and I am also a trainer on the Chrysalis Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory.
I am a fully qualified Counsellor with an honours degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy from the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in Nottingham (accrediated by Coventry University) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy. I undertake regular continuous professional development workshops and keep up to date with the latest research and developments in the counselling and psychotherapy sector.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and an Accredited member of The National Counselling Society (MNCS Acc) and as such work within their ethical framework and have regular supervision.