About me and my work
What I can offer you and how we can work together
My philosophy: I believe in offering a safe, therapeutic space for you to explore openly the issues you wish to bring to therapy. I believe that people are individual and are more than lived experiences. For me, therapy, and life, is about pacing: sometimes we move fast, other times we need to slow down. I will explore with you living your life at the pace which feels right for you. I will support you with warmth, compassion and acceptance.
How can counselling help me? Some people access therapy for a specific issue and others may wish to explore and make sense of how and what they are feeling, thinking and experiencing. Counselling is a process; it can help with feeling stuck and decision making, as well as patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving to create awareness of choices and self-acceptance. We start with where you are now and you may know where you would like to be or this may evolve along the way.
How many sessions will I need? This is your choice. I offer short and longer term work. We contract for our time together and regularly review to confirm this is meeting your needs. Regular sessions are usually held at the same time each week.
My experience: Counselling can help with many issues and I have experience of working with:
Grief, Loss and Bereavement
Childhood trauma and abuse
Self-esteem and self-confidence
Work related issues
I have significant experience of working therapeutically with young people age 13+ and now offer sessions to young people 11+)
Certificate in Creative Counselling with Young People (11-18yrs) (BACP Level 2 2021)
Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sheffield) (2019)
MA in Professional Practice with Children and their families (2011)
MA in Social Work (1999)
Bsc (Hons) Psychology (1995)
My Background: Alongside currently working as a counsellor, I am an independent social worker and trainer, and maintain registration with Social Work England. I have worked with children and their families in a range of settings for over 20 years. I have significant experience of working with Children Looked After and delivering training to social workers, foster carers and young people.
Professional Memberships: I am accredited member of the BACP (MBACP Accred) and
I am an accredited registrant member of the National Counselling Society (MNCS-Accred).
I am committed to upholding their professional standards and working within their ethical framework.