I warmly welcome you to my website. I am an experienced qualified Integrative Counsellor and member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
There are many reasons why people come for counselling; whatever your reason, know that I am happy to listen, help and to walk alongside you on your journey.
Integrative counselling means that I am able to draw upon different counselling theories such as the Person Centred Approach which is used to work through feelings that are happening in the here and now - in this present moment - and also the Psychodynamic approach which works by looking at your childhood and your thoughts and feelings on a more subconscious level. However, if your childhood and past is something you don't wish to discuss we don't have to. I will adapt the way I work to best suit your needs.
I also specialise in working with people suffering from birth related trauma plus post and pre-natal difficulties.
I also work extensively with mindfulness and meditation and if that is something that interests you it can be incorporated in to your sessions.
I am able to offer a calm and contained space where you can feel safe to talk about any issues or feelings that you need to whether you are suffering from anxiety, depression or a bereavement. I understand that every person is different and therefore I adapt the way I work to best suit your individual wants and needs whilst providing a relaxed and safe environment.
Each session lasts 50 minutes and is usually weekly.
I attend monthly supervision and I am fully insured.
My Specialist areas.
Mindfulness and meditation
Anxiety is a normal, if unpleasant, part of life and it can affect us all in different ways and at different times. Whereas stress is something that will come and go as the external factor causing it (be it a work, relationship or money problem, etc.) comes and goes, anxiety is something that can persist whether or not the cause is clear to the sufferer.
Counselling can help you manage your anxiety by offering you a safe space for you to talk about the thoughts or feelings you might usually find hard to share. We can also look at different coping strategies that could help make your anxiety more manageable.
Increasing your capacity for mindfulness supports many attributes that contribute to a satisfied life. Being mindful makes it easier to savour the pleasures in life as they occur, helps you become fully engaged in activities and creates a greater capacity to deal with adverse events. By focusing on the here and now, many people who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, are less preoccupied with concerns about success and self-esteem and are better able to form deep connections with others.
I enjoy incorporating elements of mindfulness or meditation into the sessions. I would always ask you first if it is something you want to try.
Both Mindfulness and Meditation are great tools to use to help steady a busy mind. If you find your thoughts going around your head at 100mph and find it hard to wind down learning to slow down and focus can really help reduce stress levels and lower feelings of anxiety.
When people talk about birth and pregnancy you may not think about it being a traumatic experience. Unfortunately not all births happen easily and can sometimes be very traumatic for both the mother giving birth but also for the men/women who witness their partner’s traumatic childbirth. Unfortunately, the NHS cannot always offer sufficient aftercare in regard to trauma in childbirth due to understaffing and lack of funding. I am extremely passionate about this subject and believe help should be more accessible to those who need it. Counselling can give you the opportunity to go through thoughts and feelings you are experiencing due to your birth trauma. I can also help you find ways to process and heal, all done at your own pace in a safe and caring environment.