I am a BACP Accredited counsellor and therapist for adults and young people, having been fully qualified for over 6 years. My core counselling qualifications are an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Therapy, and a Diploma in Counselling Children & Adolescents. I also hold an MA in Creative Writing for Personal Development.
More recently, I have completed an 80-hour course with the Online Therapy Institute for working effectively with clients using Zoom, instant messaging, email and phone. At first, I was interested in how to keep supporting people through the Covid-19 Pandemic but I soon discovered how online therapy is so much more than second-best to face-to-face. My integrative model of working allows me to draw on a range of different approaches and I am excited to now be incorporating online therapy into my work with clients. Please see the services page for details of the different types of online therapy.
Some clients are more suited to short-term solution-focussed therapy whilst others are looking for longer-term work. We would discuss your needs any goals you would like to achieve and think about what sort of time-frame might be appropriate once you have filled in the assessment forms.
Like all good counsellors, I have undergone my own therapy so I know how important it is to feel safe. There’s no such thing as saying or feeling the 'wrong' thing in counselling. I provide a non-judgemental and confidential space to explore your feelings. The therapeutic relationship is key whether we are working face-to-face or online. It doesn’t matter how much or little technology is involved. If the therapeutic relationship develops effectively, we will not notice the technology.
As an Accredited Registered Member of the BACP, I work to their Ethical Framework and of course, I am fully insured and hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate.
I didn’t arrive in this profession as a young, fully-formed counsellor. In 2010, as a mature (!) student, I studied for an MA in Creative Writing and Personal Development at Sussex University which had a focus on facilitating writing for therapeutic purposes. A requirement for delivering this was to have undergone basic counselling training. I enjoyed the counselling courses very much but wasn’t ready for the commitment that being a therapist entailed. So I became a listening volunteer for an organisation
supporting callers with distressing and suicidal thoughts. I enjoyed that too. Eventually, I realised that I needed to pursue an actual career in counselling. My core counselling training was for working with adults although alongside that, I completed placement hours in a secondary and a primary school. Later I worked with pupils in a boarding school, an independent school as well as being in private practice working with adults. More recently and having gained BACP Accreditation, my main work has been through several Employee Assistance Programs where adults in the workplace are referred to me for a wide variety of issues, on a short-term solution-focussed basis.