Compassion, resilience and empathy are the foundation of my practice. I enjoy, and am committed to, providing a dynamic therapeutic service; creating a bespoke counselling experience with each client. My work is affirmative, and I am passionate about supporting you as you reconnect with and reclaim your strengths, and restore your resilience. I am robust, reliable and consistent. I provide a solid presence; whilst you may feel burdened by the load you are currently carrying, I won't buckle.
My therapeutic model is based in person-centered practice; it is a non-judgmental, empathic and honest approach, which allows people to explore their true selves. I work integratively, which means I can be flexible in drawing from a range of humanistic models to meet each person’s individual needs. I take a creative, embodied approach - our emotional, mental, physical, social and spiritual selves are all connected, and it can be useful to consider ourselves as a whole, rather than focusing on one bit. You are the expert on yourself, and I am there to facilitate you as you connect with what you would like to be, and the life you would like to live.
You may know exactly what you want from counselling – to make a change, or as a support through a particularly overwhelming time. It may be that you wish to deal with something that happened a long time ago, or something that is currently happening, or to prepare you for something in the future. It may be that you don’t really know what it is that you want – just that something doesn’t ‘fit’, or you don’t feel satisfied by your life. In all these areas, counselling can be an effective way of finding support.
I profoundly believe that, within everyone, there is an innate desire for healing. People are inherently good and, given the right conditions, people will grow and reach their full potential. Often, however, life experiences can block or distort that natural tendency to thrive. Counselling is ideally placed to provide those conditions, offering acceptance, empathy and authenticity. In your sessions, we can focus on your strengths and passions, on reconnecting with your unique inner resources, and on removing the obstacles to you leading a satisfying and enjoyable life. I think it's vital to respect your autonomy, and the work is therefore non-directive - the pace and focus of our work is determined by you.
My practice is inclusive and anti-oppressive, with a feminist worldview. I am committed to appropriately acknowledging difference and diversity, and the impact this may have on our therapeutic relationship. Humans categorise themselves in many different ways, and most of them have power dynamics; for example, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, able-bodiedness, age, size, class and income, and I understand how people in marginalised and power-down groups may be affected by systemic and individual prejudice and discrimination. Very often, we arrive in counselling carrying old wounds as a result of these categories; when we have felt discounted or dismissed. By being aware of this, and within a safe and compassionate environment, I believe that we can gently but boldly challenge any imbalances that may occur in our work, and repair old wounds. In doing this, we can create a more authentic, satisfying and empowering therapeutic environment together.