About Me as a Counsellor
I am a professional counsellor registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). As a practising counsellor I have over 8 years of experience working as a counsellor with adults and 5 years with children and young people. I have worked as a counsellor in NHS sexual trauma and family support and bereavement services, in Higher and primary education and a number of charitable organisations. Prior to training as a counsellor I worked with families navigating parenthood as a midwife for over 15 years in the NHS. I currently practice as a counsellor, working with children and their families in education and in palliative care.
Counselling Approach and Theoretical Model
My approach as an adult counsellor is traditionally person centred. However, I may also practice in an integrative manner. This means a number of theoretical models maybe drawn upon when formulating the approach to your therapy. Your needs in this respect are assessed on an ongoing basis.
The counselling models I am trained in are person centred, solution focused, psychodynamic, psychodynamic interpersonal therapy, counselling through play or an integration of these.
When counselling children I utilise child centred counselling through play which draws upon person centred, systemic, psychodynamic and attachment theory. The approach includes the use of creative materials to support developmentally appropriate communication.
Areas of Difficulty / Support Needs
Areas I can support include relationship difficulties, relational and sexual trauma, childhood sexual abuse and exploitation, domestic abuse, bereavement, parenthood and attachment issues, parenting support, pregnancy loss, postnatal and antenatal depression and anxiety, supporting parents through diagnosis of special educational need and disability of a child, depression, anxiety and stress, workplace issues, exam stress and social anxiety, low self worth and confidence building, addiction using 12 step addiction recovery model.
These areas are only indications of the areas I can cover. However, you maybe unsure of where you want to begin with counselling and the initial assessment appointment is there to support you to navigate this. It is not uncommon for people to feel that there are a number of issues which they want to explore and it can feel difficult to identify one thing at first.
If you are interested in counselling servcies please send an enquiry via our contact form to discuss.