I started training as a counsellor about 13 years ago after I had been through some difficult times in my life. It was hard to find the support I needed, with someone who had some understanding. This led to years of training and working in the areas of substance misuse, domestic abuse and mental health.
My aim is to create an environment where you feel comfortable, safe and relaxed, giving you the opportunity to explore the difficulties you have had, reflect on the past to find ways of coping better.
Counselling is offered from age 16 years plus, individualising the counselling to suit each unique person. During this process it helps you to gain self confidence helping to make different decisions in life, leaving behind unhelpful patterns of behaviour.
I work with couples and individuals, for short or long term timeframes and EAP referrals. Each session lasts one hour and is at the same time and day each week.
A free initial 20 minute consultation is offered (optional) to discuss counselling and the needs you have if you require.
I offer supervision to counsellors. The style I use is facilitative, confrontative and explorative. Questions are open and reflection is offered. The 7 mode model by Hawkins & Shohet is integrated in my supervision.
Confidentiality: I work according to the UKCP ethical guidelines which include confidentiality; unless there is any concern, which I will discuss with you.