Many events have led me to this point, not least sitting on the client’s chair. I chose counselling when I wanted to talk to someone who wasn’t directly involved in my life and would be there for me. Someone who would listen without judgement, offer encouragement as I tried to come to terms with how awful I was feeling and walk beside me as I made changes in my life.
One decision I made was to train as a counsellor, I felt it was my turn to provide you with time and space to heal.
What I do
At the heart of successful counselling is the relationship built between therapist and client. I work with a Person-Centred Approach; simply this means I see you as unique and doing your best to survive your circumstances. I will not claim an expert of your life. You are the person living it. My part is being able to listen to your life as you see it. I don’t judge, accept you as you are and offer compassion for all you are going through. These are some of the core conditions of person-centered therapy, helping you find a way of making your life better. We work together; however, you make the decisions.
Maybe I can bring different ways of thinking about your life to help you get to that point. I can be with you as you explore how life experiences and relationships with others have influenced how you think and feel about yourself. Then as new understanding comes clearer, I will be with you supporting any adjustments you want to make.
I have over 1000 client hours, working with both adult and young people and over the years have helped clients with their feelings around subjects such as relationship difficulties, self-esteem, isolation, anger, anxiety, bereavement and loss.
When I am not with you, I am at my happiest outdoors, whether it is pottering in my garden or following my 2 wet Cocker Spaniels on adventures in the countryside or beach.
Education & Experience
Registered Member of BACP
UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE:
BACP Accred. PG diploma in Person-centred Counselling (2016)
COSCA Accred. Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People (Adolescents) (2018)
Other Certificates Held:
COSCA Accred. Certificate in Bereavement Counselling (2014)
FURTHER CPD TRAINING:
Person-centred creative arts therapy
Online counselling practice
Neuroscience within counselling practice
Asist suicide prevention
Bereavement experience in COVID times.
I am a registered Member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and willing adhere to their Ethics and code of practice. I am also insured.
My COSCA certificate in counselling children and young people has allowed me to set up a service to meet the needs of pupils within a local schools’ cluster, listening to the fears and concerns of individual students helping them achieve their future dreams, be they earning or learning. I offer private counselling with young people, often working in creative ways.
I am an experienced bereavement and loss specialist, helping many clients find their way of coping following the death of loved ones. Recently I have undertaken further training, looking at the impact experienced by grieving families and friends of people dying during COVID times. I also provide a comforting space for those of who feeling isolated and lonely following the death of a cherished pet