I have been counselling since 1999 when I trained as a person centred counsellor. After years of working within an organisation, where I counselled clients and supervised trainee and qualified counsellors, I am now fully concentrating on my private practice as it is becoming more difficult within an organisation to offer the pace and length of counselling that may be required.

I am able to offer counselling that will be about your needs and we can work at a pace that suits you. I aim to offer a warm, safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment where we can explore together how you can bring awareness and clarity to your worries, fears and concerns and find a way forward.

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” – Deepak Chopra
“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” -Charles Spurgeon
“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realised how seldom they do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” – Chinese Proverb.
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” – Steven Hayes
“The secret to change is to focus all of your energy not on the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates
“You cannot change other people but you can change the way you respond to them.” – Angela Varnham
“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” – Lao Tzu
“The past can hurt. But the way I see it you can either run from it, or learn from it.” – The Lion King
“I am not what has happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Young
“I AM; two most powerful words, for what you put after them shapes your reality.” – personalgrowth.com
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” – Carl Rogers
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks within, awakes.” – Carl Jung

How I Work

At the core of person centred counselling is the self actualising tendency, a belief that, given the right conditions, we all have it within us to reach our full potential and counselling will help you to work with honesty and congruence and deeply explore whatever is troubling you. For that to be able to happen we build a trusting, confidential and honest relationship where you will feel safe exploring your deepest secrets or anxieties. Then together we can work on understanding what that may mean for you and how you can clarify and understand a way to move forward with your life.

Our first session together would be an exploration of your issues and worries, where we can work out what you would like to achieve from counselling. Some people find this difficult as they simply know they are troubled, anxious, suicidal, depressed, angry, unfulfilled, lost or bereaved and just want to feel better. The process of counselling will enable us to work together to find a way through the confusion and arrive at a way forward that is right for you. As everyone is unique I am able to offer long or short term therapy. Each session is for one hour and the frequency of the sessions can be discussed in the first session although it will usually be weekly.

I have supervision for the counselling that I do and in turn this is also confidential. Supervision is to support the counsellor in the way they work and to ensure the counsellor is working safely and ethically.

I am a registered member of the BACP and I keep brief notes of our sessions and these are securely kept as required by the BACP ‘s Ethical Framework. They are destroyed six months after counselling has finished as explained in my contract.