In-person, Online: zoom
My fee starts at £60 per session.
Free initial consultation via zoom or telephone.
Concessions are available.
Seeking to understand is the first step towards making changes. We are all influenced by the people in our lives and the circumstances in which we find ourselves, both past and present, these myriad factors all serve to shape and define us. Sometimes we need help in understanding how the culmination of our experiences can cause us distress and get in the way of being able to live life fully and with ease.
As a counsellor my aim is to create a dedicated and safe space in which I can help clients to explore their feelings, beliefs and unhelpful patterns of behaviour in order to move forward and create positive change. I bring warmth, empathy, and a sense of humour. I can be challenging where necessary whilst being supportive and compassionate. I am client-led in terms of topics discussed and pace of work. I may invite the client to think about things differently or offer an alternative perspective. This is always done with an attitude of unconditional acceptance.
As an integrative counsellor I am influenced by humanistic and psychodynamic approaches. This supports a more flexible way of working that values and honours client uniqueness.
I offer focused short-term counselling (typically 6-12 appointments) and long-term therapy for anyone wanting to work through more complex and deep seated issues.
AREAS I CAN HELP WITH INCLUDE:
Addiction, alcoholism, anger, anxiety, bereavement, depression, domestic violence, gender identity, hyper-sexuality, illness, pregnancy related issues, post-traumatic stress, relationship issues, sexual abuse, sexuality, trauma.
As well as private practice, I have worked with clients in a community counselling service and as a school counsellor.
I have trained in mindfulness, meditation and yoga which informs a holistic approach to my work. I have a particular interest in how trauma can be processed through the body.
I have extensive experience of LGBTIQ+ and GSRD issues.
I have specialist experience in the underlying issues and recovery relating to substance and behavioural addictions. I am familiar with 12 Step recovery programmes.
Before becoming a counsellor I worked for 20 years as a secondary school teacher, senior leader and behavioural consultant in both mainstream schools and pupil referral units for young people excluded from mainstream education.
My sessions rates range from £60 to £75 dependent on time, frequency and location of sessions.
I reserve some concession slots during the day for online sessions. I offer concessions for those in financial difficulty or on a low income.
I ask for a £20 deposit at the point of booking initial sessions in order to secure a room booking.