" Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. " - Arthur Ashe
As a counsellor I would describe myself as integrative, meaning that I draw on various different ideas and therapeutic approaches in my work. Lots of counsellors are integrative, but what that means can vary greatly between individuals.
Important to my personal approach is a philosophical outlook that maintains the view that everybody has their own unique perspective of the world, that life can become limited and stuck in various ways (and due to various factors), and that we each create our own meanings which help us to understand and make sense of the contexts, situations and relationships that we find ourselves in. Sometimes it might be that we get caught up in familiar, comforting behavioural cycles that feel safe but actually stop us from living our lives. Or, it may be that we fall into particular ways of communicating with others that have become unhelpful. There are many more examples that could illustrate what people may bring to counselling but what is important to me is that I am able to be alongside you in discovering what has become problematic in your life and uncovering what it is that you want to happen.
I practice counselling in a client-led way meaning that I will tailor the way I work to
your individual needs and will have open conversations about what you want from counselling and what is or isn't working for you in our sessions. Central to my way of working is the emphasis placed on the formation of a strong working relationship facilitated by a non-judgmental attitude, empathy, warmth and openness on my part.
My take on counselling sessions is that they are a space to untangle thoughts, feelings, behaviours, past events, future plans, whatever might be troubling us, and are an opportunity to examine these things with the support of another human being. Counselling is a safe space to voice whatever it is we need to voice. If we meet I am happy to further discuss the different ways that I might work and whether or not these could meet your needs.
I work face-to-face, online and over the telephone with adult clients (aged 18+) and charge £45 for a 50 minute session. I am fully insured and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). As a BACP member I abide by their Ethical Framework (details of which can be found below).
Please contact me for further information or to enquire about availability.