About Me

I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, and I am a member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. My training is in Person-centred and Existential approaches, and I have an interest in applying Cognitive Behavioural techniques in therapy.

Person-centred therapy

This focuses on the client as the expert, with the counsellor taking a non-directive approach and providing a safe environment to fully explore all aspects of the self without fear of judgement.

Existential therapy

This is concerned with searching for meaning, recognising where meaning is found, and taking control over the choices in everyday life that contribute to living in a meaningful way. Working across these two types of therapy, I will support and encourage you to work towards an understanding and acceptance of yourself, and a realisation of the power and control you have to make changes and achieve your full potential.

More techniques

I believe that counsellors can add in other techniques and learning into their toolkits; personally I like to rule out nothing!

Cognitive Behavioural techniques are methods of recognising where thought patterns can lead to destructive behaviour and challenging the beliefs that perpetuate the behaviour. I find that combining Cognitive Behavioural methods with an exploration of the self that comes with the Person-Centred/Existential model, a deeper understanding of issues can be gained whilst maintaining a focus on simply feeling better and more functional.

More about me

In addition to private counselling practice, I have worked as a counsellor in a university counselling department and an NHS GP surgery, working with a range of issues including bereavement, anxiety, depression, relationship breakdowns and anger management.

I also have a Bachelors degree in Sociology, with a dissertation on gender-specific advertising in rising alcohol consumption; I have maintained an interest in the effects and types of addiction in my counselling work. I am currently undertaking an MSc in Psychology.

I also have over 12 years experience managing social care services, specialising in support for people with mental health needs.

If you are interested and would like to know more, please book an introductory session or contact me for further details.