Treatment designed to meet your needs
I offer an empathetic, safe environment within which clients and I can work together to facilitate the potential for change. I work in a way that is warm, open and ready to engage and interact with you, not judging you for who you are or what you bring to therapy. As a therapist I work with individuals, couples, families and young people. I work in an integrative way which means I have a toolbox of skills and techniques from different therapeutic orientations on which I can draw depending on what is needed, combining these as necessary.
Systemic Counselling is about making a difference to the way we live by looking at how individuals behave within groups or systems, such as families or couples. Psychodynamic Counselling takes into account how previous experience may have affected an individual, including attachment issues and unconscious processes. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy concentrates on identifying what people want to achieve in counselling and facilitating them to make lasting change by recognising and drawing on their own resources. My practice is collaborative, enabling clients to recognise and make the most of their own skills and abilities.
Working effectively and ethically is important to me. I adhere to the BACP code of ethics; my work is regularly supervised where client confidentiality is maintained. I keep up to date with developments in the field, regularly attending courses, workshops and other professional development activities. I comply with current data protection legislation and the security of client information is of upmost importance. My practice is fully insured.
Training qualifications & experience
I have a Masters in Relationship and Family Therapy (validated by University of Hull and accredited by BACP); Bachelor of Science degree (Hons.) in Psychology from Southampton University, accredited by the BACP; a level 2 Certificate in Counselling from Stonebridge Associates.
I have undergone extensive further training, including counselling young people, mental health issues, adult attachment, grief and loss and have completed research into human sexuality. Ongoing training and continuous professional development is fundamental to my practice.
I am an accredited member of the BACP, HACP and work as a Relate registered therapist for relationship and family counselling.