Sometimes familiar ways of coping with life no longer seem to work and events overwhelm us. We may be feeling alone with our problems, angry without knowing why, or confused and struggling to understand ourselves. Perhaps we find ourselves faced with a problem and feel we have nobody to turn to for help?
Counselling can offer a peaceful space to reflect and explore our thoughts and feelings, guided and supported by an experienced and professionally qualified therapist.
It can help develop new strategies and skills for coping with life events, overcome difficulties, and help identify and make those life changes that are right for you. It is true that confronting problems can sometimes be a long and painful process, but working through them in a safe environment can be the most effective long-term solution.
I have 15 years of experience and my objective is to create an open and trusting relationship between myself and my client which will help them gain a better understanding of themselves, and find the resources to move forward.
I am registerd with, and accredited by the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy as a registered Independent Counsellor working in a Person-Centred and CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and MCBT (Mindfulness Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) approaches.
As an accredited member of the BACP I abide by a Code of Ethics and Practice, and as required by this Code my counselling work is always regularly supervised.
I work as a Variable Hour Lecturer at South Leicester College where I teach Person-Centred Counselling to students at CPCAB Diploma Level 4, and as a Visiting Lecturer at Lincoln Bishop Grossteste University to undergraduate students of Psychology. I continue to work on my own personal development and have recently started an MSc in Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience.
In the past I have worked on a voluntary basis for agencies specifically for Survivors of Child Sex Abuse for Males and for Females. Over the years this work has given me a wide experience of working with Trauma and Memories.
My main influences lie in existential counselling, social constructionism and narrative therapy. I consider myself an integrative counsellor with a person-centred focus. I have developed an intuitive and supportive style using appropriate tools to suit my clients needs. I like to develop rapport, trust, and openness in order to explore underlying issues that may be unsettling and intruding upon my clients lives.
I teach Mindfulness Meditation and I continue to study and attend workshops to further my understanding, and improve my ability to help people.
Additionally I work as a Clinical Supervisor being qualified to CPCAB Diploma Level 5.
I can help in a wide range of issues including:
I believe it is crucial that you find the right counsellor or therapist for you. As such, I recommend that we have a free, informal chat before booking our first session to make sure we can work together effectively.
I charge £40 for a fifty minute session. I do accept some clients at a lower cost under certain circumstances.
Supervision (one to one) is £50 per hour.
If you would like more information on fees, please feel free to contact me