I wholeheartedly believe in empowering clients to seek out the answers and truths they need and are ready for, to overcome challenges faced and find the courage to work through pain; sometimes pain you may have been holding for many years.
When given a safe and supportive environment I believe that we all have the strength and resources we need within us, and my aim and commitment to my clients is to facilitate this journey by promoting a warm, non-judgemental and non threatening space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences in safety.
I have experience of counselling both adults and young people (from 12 years old) and have worked with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, self-esteem and identity, self-harm, abuse and bereavement.
I work from a Humanistic Approach, which means I believe you are the expert of you. Sometimes we each need a safe place, free from judgement to explore thoughts or feelings that are going on for us right now. You as the client direct the conversation and the flow, you are in the driver seat, I am a passenger alongside you, to guide you on the journey.
I have worked with adults and young people aged 11+, I have experience of working in a school setting. I am fully insured, and I am a member of BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapy)
I like to work with openness and honesty to develop a true and trusting relationship, I believe this will enable you to be honest and open with me about your life so we can explore it together.
My counselling approach is Humanistic, meaning that I see each individual as a whole person including body, feelings, mind and spirit. I believe that every individual is the expert on themselves, and that we all have the capacity to grow and reach our higher potential. I see my role as to facilitate the children and young people I work with to gain a deeper understanding of their own experiences and emotions, no matter what challenges they may have faced in their lives so that they can move past these challenges and onto a more positive future.
I employ a range of techniques to encourage the young people I work with to connect with and express their thoughts and emotions. Often this is via creative methods such as sandtray and art, but I am also trained to use short-term solution-focussed techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
I also work as a Counselling Support Manager at a counselling charity for children and young people and therefore have a good understanding of a range of issues that face young people today, as well as a strong working knowledge of legislative frameworks around children's safeguarding. I am fully insured and am a member of the BACP.
Counselling is a process through which you become more able to freely express difficult feelings and emotions which lead to improved self-awareness and change.
I have worked with a wide range of diversity in a range different of settings for a number of years including mainstream and SEN schools, Trauma & Bereavement and Mental Health. I work therapeutically with both children and adults using an Integrative approach, meaning I use my knowledge and skills of and draw on interventions from various approaches to tailor my approach for individual clients. I believe the client has what they need to heal their own wounds and live life to their full potential I am able to connect the client to their inner healing abilities. My specialism has been working with clients effected by Trauma and Bereavement and the long lasting impact these issues can have living day to day long after events have happened. I also work effectively with a wide range of issues in particular; Anxiety and Depression, Childhood Trauma or Abuse, Relationship Issues, Dissociative Disorders, Children with special educational needs including Autism and ADHD.
Sometimes it can be difficult to the find the words and for some talking is not easy or doesn't feel safe, I am also a trained Brainspotting Therapist. This is a brain based tool which locates points in the visual field that help access unprocessed trauma in the Sub-Cortical brain, regulating the Amygdala the emotional centre of the brain. It works by finding a somatic que in the face or body, followed by mindful processing of trauma and other issues held in the brain and body. I have used this intervention for various issues including physical pain. In Brainspotting we believe where you look affects how you feel. This technique has been proven to be an effective treatment for trauma and other emotional and psychological issues. Brainspotting activates the body's innate ability to heal itself.
I work integratively, meaning that I am able to draw on many different elements and schools of psychotherapy in order to tailor my approach to your individual needs at any particular time. I have an easy, sensitive, relational approach, and I share my formulation of your difficulties and treatment plan very much in collaboration with each individual. I focus on your presenting difficulties in the context of your early relationships and environment, helping you to create links between past and present to bring about a deeper and more cohesive understanding of yourself. Engaging in therapy can help you reconnect with a sense of aliveness, contentment and find more creative ways of participating in the world. I offer both short-term work (up to 12 sessions) with specifically agreed goals as well as long-term (open-ended) for those who would like an in-depth exploration of their problems and a more stable change in their sense of self.
• UKCP eligible and BACP Registered Psychotherapist
• Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, RSPP, Regent’s University London
• MA in Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling, School of Psychotherapy & Counselling, RSPP, Regent’s University London
• Exploring Psychology, Open University, Milton Keynes
• Certificate in Integrative Counselling, SPCP, Regent’s University London
• Certificate in coaching and mentoring skills, KPMG London