I am a fully qualified and insured integrative counsellor who feels passionately about working in collaboration with and empowering clients in the best way possible to move forward in their life. I appreciate how much courage it can take to make contact and wish to reassure you that I offer a safe space where you will be supported, listened to, treated with respect, empathy and without judgement.
In my experience people who attend for counselling have a wide range of expectations and needs. You may have a specific problem for which you are seeking help, or you may just have a vague sense that something is troubling you. You may require just a short term number of appointments or long term open ended sessions.
Working as an integrative counsellor with a person centred focus, I am able to work creatively incorporating a number of different approaches. My aim is to be there alongside you offering support to enable you to find resolution to the difficulties which have brought you to my clinic.
Over the years I have observed how anybody at any time can be affected by traumatic life changing events and often do not seek help until their difficulties become too overwhelming or painful and they have reached a point where they acknowledge something needs to change.
Issues may include:
• Anxiety and panic
• Body image
• Chronic illness and its impact/supporting those where emotional health is impacting on physical health (eg IBS, chronic fatigue, insomnia, tension)
• Depression and hopelessness
• Eating disorders
• Grief, loss and bereavement
• Loss of direction/difficult life choices
• Low self esteem/self worth
• Relationship challenges (family, friendships, partner, work, unfinished business from past relationships)
I have always felt passionately about supporting people through difficult and challenging times. For over 25 years I worked within the NHS as medical secretary to a psychiatrist and mental health team before setting up in private practice as a homeopath in 2013, where my special interest has been supporting people where their mental and emotional health has impacted on their physical health. Because I wanted to learn additional ways to offer support to a wider number of clients as well as enhancing my homeopathic practice I was delighted when the opportunity arose to train as a counsellor.
I currently offer counselling at SWEDA supporting clients with eating disorders as well as volunteering with a bereavement support team. I attend as many training courses and CPD events as possible to keep myself up to date with current practice and continue my learning including:
• Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
• Excellence In Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders – National Centre for Eating Disorders (Oct 19)
• PODS Self-harm training (November 2018)
• Bereavement and loss (Feb-March 19)
• Working with Parents after the Death of a Baby (Feb 18)
• Working with Couples (Interaction Training)
• Meeting Partners Needs (Nov 17)
• Dealing with Affairs (Feb 18)
• Fundamentals of Working with Couples (Aug 18)
• Communication and difference (June 18)