I would like to start with this: I am human just like you and see us equals. I do not consider myself the expert on your life and mental health, yet I am a professional with a great deal of knowledge and training in how to support the real experts – my clients – in making new decisions and finding ways to live more fully and authentically. During this process I am not cold and detached, but offer an innate warmth and acceptance as well as a commitment to our work together. I am myself in the room – this means that although it will be your life and your story that we talk about, you can be sure that I am my authentic self in the room, that I will bring my real thoughts and feelings to the work to help us understand what is going on in your life. Nevertheless there are important clear professional boundaries that hold our therapeutic relationship, so that you and I both know what is offered and expected: Where we meet, the times at which we meet, how long our sessions last, how much they cost, the confidentiality that is kept and how we will react if our paths ever cross “in the real world” – all these boundaries will be agreed upon between us and can be trusted to keep our work safe and unblurred.
Postgraduate Diploma from the University of Brighton, which has a reputation for both academic and clinical excellence and is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I gained in depth training in different approaches, such as
- Person-Centred Therapy
- Transactional Analysis
- Gestalt therapy
- Existential Therapy.
Advanced training in
- Couples Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
- Conflict Mediation
- Integral Facilitation
- Internal Family Systems Therapy
- Identity Orientated Psychotrauma Therapy
With training in a diverse set of approaches to therapy, meditation, trauma healing and conflict transformation I believe I am equipped to meet each person as a unique individual, without the need to fit them into one fixed model. In this way I can offer an open encounter, in which theory only plays a guiding role.
I am always committed to learning and developing as a counsellor and for this reason am regularly in continual professional development.
Although I believe in meeting the person and not the symptom, I have experience counselling individuals facing a number of difficulties in their lives, such as
– family and relationship issues
– divorce and separation
– substance addiction
– low self-esteem
– eating disorders
– anger management
– postnatal depression