Counselling provides a safe, environment in which to share your thoughts and feelings.
Sometimes we feel overwhelmed in our lives or in our relationships. It is an opportunity
for you to be supported with issues that might be causing you difficulty, for you
to explore and gain a sense of perspective with someone who will listen to you and
not judge you... in confidence.
Counselling and psychotherapy identify deep emotional needs, discover inner strengths,
release fears and enable you to resolve difficult issues and traumatic experiences.
Who am I?
I trained in a relational approach to therapy qualifying in 1997. I offer an integrative
relational approach. I have Diploma Therapeutic Counselling and am member of the
British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy and work within the BACP ethical
framework and code of practice. I have nearly 20 years experience working as a counsellor/
psychotherapist. Since 2000 I have worked with a rape and sexual abuse counselling
service. I am experienced in working with clients in crisis and I work with post
stress issues and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
I have a background of working with bereavement and have worked with sudden death
through suicide, house fires, road traffic accidents which can lead to more complex
and prolonged grieving. I have a person centred therapeutic massage practice, which
greatly adds to my work as a counsellor.
I offer a time for you to reflect and share your thoughts and feelings. An opportunity
for you to feel heard and supported to enable you to gain a perspective for the future.
I offer short term counselling and longer term therapy. You may be able to resolve
difficulties in a few sessions. Sometimes it may take longer, allowing sufficient
time for gaining appropriate trust, looking at past experiences, and improving how
you feel in your current life.
Counselling can help with a range of issues including:-
loss of confidence
bereavement and sudden death
trauma in childhood
violence and abuse in adulthood
anxiety and depression
Experience or exposure to traumatic events including traffic accidents, sudden or
unexpected death, violent personal assault, rape can influence our lives in ways
we have not prepared ourselves for. People respond to trauma in a number of ways.
Often reactions to trauma and the ways of coping become a problem and distressing
responses can affect us physically and emotionally. Trauma therapy includes establishing
safety, developing a positive therapeutic relationship, providing tools to contain
hyper arousal or overwhelming feelings, identifying and building resources.
Somatic Trauma Therapy
I have completed a postgraduate training in Somatic Trauma Therapy with Babette Rothschild
that incorporates different techniques and models for working with disturbing experiences.
Including the SIBAM model, which helps us to understand, unresolved dissociated memories
that become disconnected from our consciousness.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing)
I offer EMDR as part of my practice, a therapy cited in the NICE guidelines as effective
with post trauma difficulties. This combines the principles of Cognitive Behaviour
Therapy (CBT) with side-to-side eye movements (bilateral stimulation). It has been
found to re-start the processing of traumatic memories and helps to integrate disturbing
elements that would ordinarily take place during our REM or dream sleep.