Why I am a counsellor
My first experience of counselling was as a client. I had put off dealing with painful issues in my life, when in my twenties it all came to a head. I sought help from a therapist and I can honestly say that counselling helped to change my life and transformed how I felt about myself.
I believe in the value of counselling so much, I decided to leave my career in NHS management and retrain as a counsellor.
My training and experience
I am a fully qualified humanistic counsellor. I have an MSc in Counselling Psychology with distinction from Keele University. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by its code of ethics.
I am experienced working with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, gender and sexual identity issues, self-esteem, sexual abuse, loss and bereavement.
What I believe about therapy
As a humanistic counsellor, I believe everybody has within themselves, the resources to move towards growth and healing, if offered an understanding, caring and accepting space (or relationship). My approach to therapy is relational. This means I believe that many of life’s issues arise from how we’ve been treated in our past significant relationships, like with parents and partners. But, I also believe that being offered an understanding and accepting relationship holds the key to moving past life’s painful and challenging issues.
Research shows, that more than anything else in counselling, it is the relationship between counsellor and client that produces positive change and healing most.
So with this in mind, my focus in counselling is to build with you an understanding, caring and accepting relationship so that you feel safe to drop the mask, and honestly explore your feelings, thoughts and patterns of relating. Together, we will work through whatever you bring to therapy. This may involve dealing with painful thoughts and feelings, but I will support you throughout to find the best way forward for you.
What to expect
Deciding to see a counsellor and talk openly about your life can be a daunting, even scary choice to make. I offer a safe and confidential space for you to talk at your own pace and in your own time. No pressure.
In the first session, we will cover what brings you to counselling and discuss any hopes or expectations you may have. Our first meeting also gives you the opportunity to decide whether I am the right counsellor for you.