EMPATHY AT THE HEART OF COUNSELLING
It is an act of bravery to grow, to heal and to understand ourselves better.
My learning began very young and started a lifelong journey of understanding human behaviour and how to recover from traumatic or challenging experiences. Due to this experience I began counselling from a very young age, because I was asked to by people of all ages, to help them or their family members who were experiencing difficulties.
I have 30 years experience of giving counselling and been an NHS Specialist Adult mental health therapist, Specialist eating disorders therapist, an Addictions therapist, a CAMHS therapist and a Trauma therapist. I am also neurodivergant informed and am currently developing a new Government counselling service for Special schools. I am also trained and experienced in helping people in challenging relationships.
I bring warmth, understanding, compassion and a knowledge of the struggles life can bring, with a deep commitment to working alongside you.
When life is hard we do what we must to survive. I will draw upon a lifetime of understanding and learning to help you find ways to navigate life in a way that serves you, and will support you to flourish. Together we will share a safe space where I will draw upon a wide range of approaches tailored to meet your individual needs. You are the expert on you, and by working together, we will begin a journey towards the life you want.
I offer a non-judgemental, supportive space to help you feel better and find adaptive ways of coping. My belief is that you are the expert on yourself, and that together through exploration; the sharing of insights and knowledge; practical strategies and psychoeducation; we can work to make things feel better, in whatever form this is for you.
YOUNG PEOPLE'S THERAPY
A holistic approach grounded in understanding developmental stages and decades of experience helping young people feel better. I have worked as a school counselling manager, school counsellor, as a specialist young people's therapist in NHS mental health services, and across a range of children and young peoples services and organisations.
I have worked as a specialist mental health professional therapist giving clinical superivision since 2006. I offer a service based on an ethos which supports growth, exploration and by drawing on training in a wide range of approaches including pluralistic, person centred, cognitive behavioural and psychodynamic to name a few. I will support you to grow as a therapist. The therapeutic use of self is integral to effective counselling. I will work collaboratively with you to reflect, increase self-awareness, and consider the interpersonal interaction and the wider context within which this occurs.