I offer one-to-one counselling and psychotherapy for adults and young people. Counselling tends to deal with specific problems that may be ongoing, including anxiety, depression, loss and relationship issues. Psychotherapy is a longer-term process where we might work together for periods of between six months and a couple of years or more. It tends to be helpful for more deeply rooted difficulties or problems that you may have been experiencing for some time and which may be connected to earlier life events.
My work is based on an integrative approach, which means that I will draw on different counselling models or theories, depending on your particular needs. It is also based on a relational approach, which refers to the importance of building a close and trusting relationship between us, where you will feel able to explore your problems with out any fear of judgement. My aim is to help you to gain a clearer understanding of your situation, allowing you to begin to make changes in your life, with the aim of improving your sense of well-being.
My counselling experience is both in private practice and in the voluntary sector. I have worked with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and relationship issues. I also have considerable experience working with adults who have experienced abuse during childhood and with adults who have experienced sexual assault. As a practicing therapist and a lecturer in psychology and child development, I am committed to continuous professional development, attending research conferences and training in a range of areas including counselling practice, mental health, bullying and domestic violence.
I also engage with ongoing training, to keep up to date with current research and changes in the field of counselling and psychotherapy and to ensure best practice. These include, Safetalk, Mental Health First Aid and Child Protection Training. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and I work according to their Code of Ethics. I am also a graduate member of the British Psychological Society.