It really is good to talk
I believe that saying things out loud is crucial, rather than just thinking, and probably going round in circles.
Counselling has been vital to me, with childhood or relationship issues, and I feel passionate about offering the same quality of support to you.
Being accepted as you are, listened to with careful attention and respect, supports a deeper connection with your feelings, thoughts and behaviours. This can allow different choices in your life, and resolve long held beliefs.
A safe & confidential place for you to explore
We explore together, developing trust as we go. As the expert on your own life, you take the lead, describing whatever you feel needs attention, at a pace you choose.
We also work with what I notice as we talk. I'll listen without judging, and respond to you openly and honestly. I trust your potential to grow in your own way, towards the life you want.
I aim to support you with whatever your concern, or whatever your level of distress. I have my own support networks, so you can focus on yourself. Since I'm independent you may feel freer to speak than with others.
Issues I'm particularly interested in
I love working with all concerns, though especially relationships, spirituality, sexuality / sexual orientation, disability, bereavement and stress / anxiety.
My interest in these areas comes from past work or from them being important in my own life. Read more about my professional and life experience on the About page.
Beginning counselling & the first session
You're welcome to call (numbers above), to see how you feel talking with me. We can have a quick chat and fix up an introductory appointment. Email or text if you prefer.
I offer the first session at a discounted rate. Here, we get a sense of each other, and whether we feel we can work together. You are free to ask any questions you wish.
Sessions normally last an hour, though longer (and occasionally shorter) can be agreed. You're free to end work whenever you choose.
What happens & doesn't happen in sessions?
You may find a new perspective on your feelings, on your beliefs, and how you interact with others and with yourself. This includes how these things have been shaped over time by events and other people around you.
This process can be challenging, though I aim to help make it manageable. Commitment and patience are helpful, potentially bringing the gift of a more fulfilled life.
In time, it may be beneficial to explore some areas that may scare you - by staying with difficult emotions and thoughts, deeper understanding and change can come.
Counselling isn't about giving advice. It's a shared process which helps you connect more deeply with yourself - the things that need attention in order for change to naturally happen tend to show themselves.
My professionalism and qualifications
As a member of BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) I work to their strong ethical framework. Regular supervision supports my work.
I trained at Warwick University - full details about my counselling qualifications are given here.