Choosing me as your counsellor
If you’re looking for a counsellor, you need to find someone who is going to be a good “fit” for you. I believe that the most important part of any counselling is having a good relationship with the therapist. You need to be able to trust me and feel comfortable talking to me about yourself. Otherwise you cannot get the best out of the experience.
Contacting a counsellor for the first time can be so hard to do. I understand how important it is for you to be treated with care and respect from the first contact. I know you might be nervous or struggling to put things into words. It is okay if you are not quite sure what you want from this. Together we can work out whether this is right for you and I will do everything I can to put you at your ease.
How I work
Before you decide if I am the right counsellor to work with you, let me tell you a bit more about how I work.
I see individuals on an open-ended basis, long or short term. My aim is to give you the space that you need to talk about anything that concerns you, and then to help you to understand or process it. My counselling style is to be present, warm and encouraging. I want you to feel valued and heard, so that you can feel comfortable about opening up to me.
I don’t specialise in any particular area of counselling, because I believe in treating the whole person. Anything you want to talk about will be welcomed, because it is all part of what makes you who you are.
If you want to try me out for a first session, please check my availability.
I am trained as an “integrative” counsellor, which means that I draw on more than one type of counselling approach and combine them. I work with person-centred and psychodynamic approaches to counselling. These are both well-established counselling theories with many years of research behind them. The understanding and skills from both come together in a therapeutic relationship, which is client-led.
If you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to ask.
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.
It was a series of losses and a profound sense of grief that first engendered my interest in counselling as a career. I found that my deep sadness, anger and guilt were hard to express and that although I had lovingly supportive family and friends, that none of them could truly bear to hear what I needed to say.
Through my experiences as a client I have had a chance to process grief, heal old wounds and transform negative patterns that were holding me back. This has made me passionate about offering therapeutic relationships to others. For me there is nothing more healing than being heard by someone who understands and cares.