My name is Abby and I am an experienced integrative therapist. I enjoy working in a warm and collaborative style, with you and your needs at the heart of the process. I aim to offer you a healing experience, but I am also passionate about helping you to grow and develop in new ways.
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.
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 the charitable sector. I have worked for various organisations 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.
I first became interested in counselling after an experience of loss. I found it hard to open up to friends and family even though they were supportive, and so I gave therapy a try.
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.
Counselling and Psychotherapy Qualifications
I am currently studying for an MA in Advanced Clinical Practice at the Minster Centre in London. This is due for completion in 2021.
Foundation Degree in Therapeutic Counselling, University of Gloucestershire
Certificates in Counselling Skills and Studies, CPCAB
Accredited by the BACP
Professional development training in Bereavement, Trauma, Self-harm, Mental health and Mindfulness.
I am committed to an ongoing programme of personal and professional development through therapy, supervision and regular training. Please ask if you would like further information.