I am a BACP accredited counsellor with 15 years experience as a practitioner. I used to work in the field of social care, with people with learning disabilities and mental health problems. I work within a Humanistic framework – I am fascinated by the potential of human consciousness and relationship and try always to be accepting, honest and fully present. My training incorporated a good overview of all major therapeutic perspectives and I am familiar with Psychodynamic and Cognitive theory and draw on these when it feels helpful.
My clients come from many different backgrounds, cultures, races and parts of the globe and have different belief systems, identity, roles, and responsibilities – and as a counsellor I meet each one at particular and often significant point in their life. Many of my clients have experience of bereavement and loss, trauma, abuse, addiction and relationship difficulties. Some have been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder and other mental health issues. Still more are (or have been) lonely, bewildered, confused as they wrestle with the joy and pain of their lives and come to find a truer sense of their own value. I work with human beings with human problems – and use this shared sense of humanity as a starting point to getting to know you and the unique matrix of experience, thinking and feeling that you bring. My style is relaxed, warm and empathic, helping to create an atmosphere for deep encounter with a light touch.
I work within the principles of the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice honouring the trust placed in me by my clients.
- MA Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- BA (Hons) Sociology / Psychology