I’m an experienced counselling practitioner accredited with BACP. My background is in social care, working with people with learning disabilities and mental health problems. I work within a broadly Humanistic framework which places primary emphasis on each person’s potential to heal and to know themself better. I find the special, restorative environment created in therapy through empathy, acceptance and honesty can help both with many of the problems-in-living that my clients experience as well as providing a useful path-way to more personal fulfilment. The particular recipe, of course, will vary for each client and I draw on the insights and techniques offered by Psychodynamic, Cognitive and Mindfulness based theory when this 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 person at a particular and often significant point in their life. Many of my clients have experiences 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 mix 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