I am trained in working therapeutically with adults, young people and children. I have 17 years clinical experience working with a wide range of mental health concerns that may affect my clients and have practiced in a variety of settings.
My interest in counselling first began during my nursing career where I found I was not able to give my patients the time they needed to be listened to, I realised the impact listening can have on recovery and well being both physically and mentally and how closely intertwined they are.
I chose to train using the psychodynamic model as it embraces a person as a whole and focuses on past influences, patterns and behaviours that can sometimes affect present day to day living.
Counselling provides a safe and confidential space in which to explore thoughts, feelings and behaviours that may be causing concern; it can help make better sense of what is going on.
It can provide support and offer new ways of looking at challenges, working through problems and resolving issues giving new insight and awareness and a way forward.
Many of life's challenges can be helped by counselling; areas I specialise in are listed on the " about me" page.
I offer both long and short term work according to individual need, which will be decided at an initial assessment.
Long term work is open ended providing a safe space in which thoughts and feelings can be explored, gaining a deeper understanding of what is going on and space to think these through, enabling the client to find a way forward.
Time limited, short term work focuses more on a particular area causing concern and working with that in the time agreed.
Sessions are confidential with the exception that if there is reason to believe a client or someone close to them is in danger, or where the law requires it. Counselling work is discussed in supervision in accordance with the BACP ethical framework but client details are always withheld to retain anonymity for the client.