my practice principles
I strive in my counselling to meet you where you are and to offer you open-minded and non-judgmental support. I am committed to anti-discriminatory practice and to ongoing training to better understand the ways that prejudice and inequalities in society can impact on mental health and emotional well-being. I encourage my clients to challenge me if you feel I am misunderstanding you or if I lack appropriate knowledge that would aid your recovery and growth. I promise to be transparent if I realise that I do not have the right skills to meet your needs, referring you on where possible to someone else who can. I see counselling as a place where we can talk about the things that are hard and may feel impossible to talk about elsewhere and I welcome you to bring any aspect of your experience to our work together.
Due to concerns about coronavirus and the current lockdown, I am now offering online counselling to ensure the safety of yourself and your family and friends. Please CONTACT ME for more information
Life can present us with challenging situations and decisions. When life gets difficult, it is normal to feel fear, anxiety, anger or sadness - but it can also be very isolating and lonely to feel such emotions. Having time out, a compassionate listener, and space to consider our options can allow us to take stock and find a way to move on. Whether it's a difficult experience, confusing emotions, a new opportunity, or long-standing difficulties which you want to explore and get support with, counselling can help.
Many people appreciate the opportunity to talk over their situation and explore their emotions with someone who isn't involved and who can offer support and perhaps a different perspective. The people who have worked with me in counselling found it helped them to come to terms with confusing or painful experiences and aspects of their lives, and to discover and affirm their own strengths. I work hard to try to understand what is happening for you and to offer both a confidential space for you to be heard and ideas about how you might change your situation.
What I Offer
I believe that the most important element of counselling is the relationship that forms between a client and his or her counsellor, and I will do my utmost to provide you with a supportive, non-judgemental environment in which you can explore your concerns at your own pace and in a way that best suits you. I believe in an approach that helps people to identify their strengths and current coping skills, and which looks at ways that these can be adapted to address current situations or challenges. I am very respectful of people's need to feel secure in counselling, recognising the great courage that it takes to confront often painful emotions and memories.