Who do I work with?
I work with clients from all different paths. My counselling training was built on a foundation of acceptance and acknowledgement of difference and diversity. One client’s experience of anxiety may be completely different to another’s. Subsequently, although I work with certain issues and challenges commonly shared with my clients, I approach each therapeutic relationship with an understanding and respect of its uniqueness and individuality.
I have worked with clients experiencing:
Anxiety - generalised anxiety disorder, post and prenatal anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder
Low self-esteem - people-pleasing, punishing thoughts, imposter syndrome
Depression - postnatal depression, mild depression
Grief - miscarriage, baby loss, bereavement
Inter-personal/Relationship - family disconnect, concerns in marriage or partnership, domestic abuse
I have further, specialised training and experience in working with clients experiencing:
Addiction - alcohol dependency, substance/drug misuse, toxic shame, co-dependency issues, guilt/shame-based issues, growing up with parents who were/are addicts
Maternal Mental Health issues - pre/postnatal anxiety and depression, general overwhelm at motherhood, infertility challenges
Maternity-related Grief - miscarriage, baby loss, infertility
My training background
Counselling and psychotherapy is my second career, after initially training as an actor. I have found many skills from my former career in the arts that I have been able to transfer to my counselling work such as:
- stepping into another's world;
- thinking creatively when working with a client’s issues;
- using visualisations and imagery to reframe a perspective;
- artwork to help unblock a client who may feel using only words to communicate their feelings and emotions.
I hold an Advanced Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy as well as diplomas in Addiction Counselling, Postnatal Depression and Motivational Interviewing.
As part of my continued professional development I have undertaken further training in:
complex/complicated grief, baby loss, pregnancy after miscarriage, domestic abuse, suicide intervention, anxiety disorders, expressive media and walking therapy. I am always striving to gain more education and knowledge about mental health issues as there is always something new to learn.
Why Person-Centred therapy?
For me, Person-Centred therapy was the modality that most resonated with my core values of: compassion, authenticity and equality. I wanted to build my house of therapy on a foundation of these core values as well as understanding, genuineness and unconditional love. These are the core conditions on which the Person-Centred Approach is based.
I do not give advice, nor do I give ‘homework’ or handouts. I may make suggestions if I feel they may be of benefit to you, but it is always for you to make that decision.
What I offer is a space free of judgement; full of understanding; based upon authenticity. No facades, no masks. A space for you to discover all of you - the light and the dark. For true acceptance of self, is acceptance of ALL of you. We are human, we make mistakes, we think all sorts of things and that is ok. It is only when we deny our true selves that we live a lie - a half-life. It is my passion to facilitate a means of allowing my clients to truly accept and, thereby, love themselves and live that full-life.