I am professionally qualified, with a Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling (FdSc)and a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I come from a background of working in health and education and believe mental health and well-being is key to enabling us to live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. Counselling empowers us to support ourselves, with self-knowledge and self-compassion.
I work with adults and children in private practice and school settings (Therapy in Schools). In addition I work in a hospice counselling terminally ill patients, their families and the bereaved. I have experience of supporting clients with a wide range of issues and challenges, all counselling is tailored to individual need, providing personalised support through a warm and engaging therapeutic relationship. When working with children, I incorporate the language of play and creativity, using therapeutic resources to support the counselling process.
I also have experience of supporting individuals with language and communication difficulties, autistic spectrum and learning difficulties and can differentiate to meet individual needs.
I am a fully qualified counsellor with a Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling (FdSc). After many years in commerce, and a foundation course in homeopathy, I retrained as a counsellor after a life long interest in human behaviour and mental health. I work with individuals of any age and use an integrative approach that draws on different therapeutic approaches to best fit each client’s needs. I work in the present, or 'here and now', although allow for exploration of your past experiences in order to inform your choices in the future.
My personal philosophy is that everyone is a unique, dynamic human being. In times of difficulty or stress, we tend to find coping strategies that become stuck in a unhealthy pattern. From the therapeutic relationship that is non-judgmental and empathetic, emerges a self-awareness and inner resourcefulness that brings growth and change. This in turn, allows us to reach our potential and lead a meaningful and fulfilling life.
I currently work in the voluntary sector in Berkshire as a counsellor for all ages, as well as at a University of London college, specialising in counselling young adults with a wide variety of difficulties.