I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and have been trained Integratively.
This incorporates different modalities and theories, opening up a vast array of techniques that I am able to use in the counselling room. These methods allow you, as my client, to explore yourself. Underpinning these approaches is my relational, client-centred, compassionate and non-judgmental attitude and approach. I am aware of how our relationship with ourselves, others and society impacts on how we feel in the world. I therefore place great importance on our therapeutic relationship, allowing me to provide a safe and confidential therapeutic space.
I have gained experience in working with a diverse range of clientele. I volunteer in a hospice, where I counsel clients who are either facing bereavement, grieving a death or coming to terms with a terminal illness. I have also worked in a university and I currently work in a college, counselling young people, some of whom are facing tough issues for the first time. I have worked with people who have been victims of abuse, childhood trauma, domestic violence and everything else in-between that life throws at you.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which ensures that we can work together ethically and safely within their framework. Details can be found at - www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework
I specialise in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), using the Rewind Technique where a client can gain closure to traumatic events. PTSD causes involuntary recall which can be in the form of nightmares, hallucinations, flashbacks and ruminations. Triggers can be smell, physical, visual or auditory. Rewind can be completed in 2-3 sessions, where involuntary recall and avoidance behaviour can stop. There is no disclosure in Rewind; there is closure without disclosure.
Together we can look at any issues you may be experiencing which could include -
• Life transitions, such as separations, deaths, births and illnesses
• Trauma or abuse
• Anger issues
• Gender and sexuality
• Relationship difficulties
• Depression, anxiety and stress
• Eating Disorders
• Loneliness and isolation
• Loss of meaning and purpose
• Difference and Diversity
• Generalised anxiety disorder
• Panic attacks
• Family issues
In addition to the therapeutic models from which I work, I also pay close attention to relationship patterns, social groups, religious and cultural backgrounds, gender and gender diversity, sexuality and (dis)ability. The experience of difference and diversity can have a profound impact on how we feel about ourselves and the invisible barriers we sometimes put into place to protect ourselves.