About Me

About Me

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.

Choosing me as your counsellor

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 here.

What you can expect from me

  • I will respect you as an individual
  • You can set the pace and the agenda
  • I will offer you my non-judgemental acceptance and try to understand your unique perspective
  • I will not try to tell you what to do
  • You can rely on me to be trustworthy and work in your best interests
  • A professional and ethical standard of practice according to BACP guidelines

Counselling Approach

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.

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