Thinking about having counselling?
Counselling is a type of talking therapy. At a very basic level this means that you regularly meet with a trained professional to talk through things that are bothering you. The process of talking about yourself with a person who is trained to listen and understand can be a very healing experience. It can enable you to move forwards to a place of acceptance and find new ways to manage your situation. It can help you to understand yourself better.
Anyone can benefit from counselling, but it really helps if you have a good relationship with your therapist. Being able to trust them and to feel that they understand you is incredibly important. That is why I always see clients for an initial session before we commit to a regular pattern. I do my best to make you feel really comfortable with me, because I know that is how to ensure you get the most out of the experience.
Counselling offers you a safe and neutral place to explore things that are not always possible to share with the people who are close to you.
Counselling practice in Cheltenham
My private practice is based in Cheltenham. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I adhere to the BACP ethical framework, providing you with peace of mind that my service meets the highest professional standards.
Before I became a therapist I worked as an IT training consultant for businesses. My favourite part of the job was making connections with people. I helped them to achieve their goals and reach their potential, which I have carried through into my work as a counsellor.
In the early stages of my counselling career I built up experience as a volunteer in various charities. I have worked for various charities such as Cruse, Listening Post and the Miscarriage Association. Listening Post is a small local charity offering long term low cost counselling. I spent several years working there as a counsellor, assessor and office manager. In 2013 I moved into private practice, which I have been doing ever since.
In 2016 I joined the counselling department at Gloucestershire College as a Lecturer. I currently work there teaching and supervising students on the counselling diploma and foundation degree.