“It has been my privilege to have worked with people from all walks of life, all stages of life and from many different cultures, sometimes working through trauma, often suffering from anxiety, depression or low self-esteem but always with a sense that life could feel better for them if they could shift their perspective. “
Counselling can be empowering, life changing and at times very challenging! I am humbled to be a part of each individual’s journey through growing awareness and change. Part of every counsellor’s training is to take a good look at their own lives,examining themselves and their approach to life, sifting through their own patterns of behaviour and working out what is and isn’t serving them well. I hope that together we can do the same for you. Counsellors are not experts in you, we come to sessions as equals giving you the non-judgemental space you need to enable change. I believe that deep down we already know the answers and have the solutions but maybe we could all do with a hand now and then to reach them and to filter out the noise.
I chose to train as an Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor over the period of 4 years. My training focused on integrating Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Intercultural approaches and introduced me to shorter term solution focused therapies such as CBT and Motivational interviewing.
I completed my clinical hours working for St Peter and St James’ hospice, Cruse and West Kent Mind, later working as an Associate Counsellor for Mind before moving into private practice. It has been my privilege to have worked with people from all walks of life, all stages of life and from many different cultures, sometimes working through trauma, often suffering from anxiety, depression or low self-esteem but always with a sense that life could feel better for them if they could shift their perspective.
.For me, more important than the modality of counselling used is the therapeutic relationship we will endeavour to build together and it is likely to be the most important factor in your growth and change. Having a safe space where you can start to face things honestly and openly without fear of judgement can be a good foundation to change.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists which means that not only do I adhere to their code of ethics but you can be assured that I have received quality training and continue to develop my practice through CPD and supervision.
Since qualifying I have focused my continuing professional development of treating trauma, dissociation, anxiety and low self-esteem.
I believe that we all possess an inherent ability to heal ourselves given the right opportunities and tools. We know what is good for us and what isn't working for us. We all have the ability to tap into our creativity and to be truly authentic given the right environment. for growth. We can find an inner strength and dare to be ourselves if we can let go of other people's expectations and desires for us. Somewhere along the line life can slowly mould us into somebody that doesn't feel quite right. Perhaps we forgot our own needs along the way or perhaps no-one ever allowed us to just be who we are. We all have unique capabilities and inner strength that we can tap into, making us resilient and secure in our decisions. Together we can uncover all that suffocated potential, empowering you to do what it is you need to do and to be yourself and achieve your goals.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and adhere to their code of ethics..