I’ve been working as a counsellor since 2008 and I deliver a counselling service that works towards the resolution of whatever you bring, whether it’s anxiety, depression or a general feeling that you can’t quite put your finger on.
I’m a real person with experience outside of counselling that includes working in a range of criminal justice settings and working with vulnerable people. This work experience along with years of counselling experience means that whatever you choose to bring to our sessions is unlikely to shock me; I’m supported by a supervisor whom I trust and who is there to ensure that I work safely with you as a your counsellor.
I’ve been a client in therapy myself so I understand that it’s difficult to find somebody to talk openly to and that it’s hard work once you do!
It’s my job to support you while you find the answers to the questions that you ask yourself. I’m not a life coach, so I won’t be providing you with a menu of options and suggesting what might be best for you. I want you to feel as though you’re in a better place after we’ve finished working together than when we met - your understanding of yourself and your needs to be such that eventually we won’t need to work together any more.
If you choose to work with me there won’t be an overwhelming focus on money and I won’t be clock-watching while we work. I am a qualified professional with training, skills and insurance, and I’m an individual member of the BACP (#00626265), but my approach is not too formal. To me being a counsellor includes having a sense of humour - while we work together to look closely at whatever it is that’s causing you to look for help, we won’t be afraid to also look at the lighter side of things.
I completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling in 2009. I trained in the person-centred approach, but I read about current approaches to therapy from different perspectives.