I am an experienced BACP registered counsellor, trained integratively to draw on several different theories and approaches to best support you. My style of working is humanistic, relational and client-led; aiming to create a space where we can build a collaborative, connected therapeutic relationship that feels safe and supportive. I find it can sometimes be helpful to explore your experiences of relationships both past and present, to better understand thoughts and feelings in the here and now, and to think about coping behaviours that can help with day to day living.
I regularly support clients experiencing depression, relationship problems, difficult family dynamics and self esteem difficulties. An area of special interest is working with grief and loss, including bereavement by suicide, perinatal loss, delayed grief and anticipatory loss. I am also interested in working with bereaved couples who would like support together, rather than individually.
I have volunteered as a counsellor in many different settings including being a helpline volunteer for the PANDAS Foundation and supporting young people in a college. I also have considerable experience as a bereavement counsellor in a hospice, working with both patients and family members.
Within my private practice I work with a local care home to provide external counselling services to staff. I also currently volunteer with The Brain Tumour Charity as a counselling assessor.
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I adhere to their Ethical Framework and professional standards. I am committed to providing the best service I can to all of my clients and am supported by regular supervision to ensure my practice is safe and current.
I regularly develop my knowledge and practice through additional professional training and learning in areas including:
Before training to become a counsellor I spent many years working in both state and independent education, in HR administration and training. Over time I realised that my relationships with people, both staff and students, were far more important to me than working with statistics and spreadsheets and that I wanted to re-train for a career I had been interested in for a long time. I love what I do and it is a privilege to sit alongside each of my clients and be part of their story, whether briefly or for a longer period of time.