WHO AM I?
I am an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. This means that I have learned a number of different therapies, and I tailor my counselling to suit each of my clients.
My starting point is to use person-centred therapy, and this is often all that is needed. To be person-centred means that each client is at the heart of their own therapy. My training means that I will know more about the process, but my client is the expert regarding him or herself, so I am guided by them regarding their therapy. I listen patiently and calmly, helping my client to reflect to gain a deeper understanding. Giving you the core conditions of person-centred therapy - unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence - means that you will receive non-judgemental sincerity and honesty, as we work together to understand how you feel.
Occasionally, a client may need something a little different and this is where the 'integrative' part of my practice comes in. On those rare occasions, I may try another approach to help you tease out something in more depth, but only going as far as you want and at your own pace. My belief is that therapy cannot be rushed and only you know what is best for you. This way you are in control of your therapy.
MY QUALIFICATIONS & ACCREDITATIONS
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, holding a postgraduate diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. The BACP is my governing body which ensures that I work ethically within the BACP framework.
Experience and Specialist Areas
COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
I have a particular specialism in bereavement, and give weekly volunteer counselling sessions to clients who have been bereaved through terminal illness at St Gemma's Hospice in Leeds. Living with incurable illness is an area where I can particularly empathise.
I have also worked in depth with clients who are survivors of sexual abuse. I have had intensive training in this area, and worked as a counsellor at a specialist centre in Bradford for survivors of historical sex abuse, which has given me a very thorough grounding in this field.
As a university personal tutor, I have been dedicated to the pastoral care of around 500 students for the past 20 years. My special interest in student issues means I am attuned to the difficult, sometimes overwhelming, challenges of academic achievement. I offer student clients a special discounted price of £40 per session.
Experience and Specialist Areas
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING SESSIONS
In addition to my counselling work, I am a freelance Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner. I deliver short-term courses for Oblong which is a charity based at Woodhouse Community Centre in Headingley, Leeds. This work involves facilitating groups in learning how to deal with anxiety through the use of positive thinking, exercise, relaxation, mindfulness, healthy eating etc.
Working as a local solicitor for a number of years, specialising in personal injury law has given me insight into the debilitating effect of chronic pain and the inescapable link between the body and the mind and that if one is not working as well as it can, the other will soon start to follow suit. This experience has proved invaluable to me in my counselling and mental health and wellbeing work.
I offer a free 30-minute initial phone consultation by appointment with no further obligation. This is to help you decide if we are the right fit. If you think I can help you, please contact me.