What I offer:

  • I am non-directive, for instance; I do not tell you how many sessions you need, how to use the session, how to change, or what you ‘should do’.
  • I may offer some education about specific conditions or make suggestions based on Psychological Theory, however, I know that the best person to make decisions is you, and I will support you in building the confidence/skills to do this.·        
  • I will always be honest; for instance, I will say if I am not the most suitable Counsellor for you, or If I feel that there is a obstacle, preventing change, that can not be dealt within the remit of Counselling.·         
  • I see the counselling session as a level ground where we both are equally important in the session. Not only do I simply just believe this to be true, I believe it helps people to feel comfortable, be honest, and share difficult thoughts and feelings if they arise during the session, without fear of judgement.·        
  • I have worked in Mental Health for many years and have worked with all types of people and issues.
  • I enjoy helping people and feel that I learn just as much from each client as they do from the sessions .

Qualifications and Accreditation

  • Psychology Bsc.
  • Advanced Diploma in Psychotheraputic Counselling. 
  • Certificate in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) including Mindfulness.
  • Diploma in Hypnotherapy.  
  • Accredited by The National Counselling Society.

What is a Counsellor and why are these qualities helpful?

  • Someone who will listen to whatever you have to say. It is very rare in normal relationships to really be listened to and heard. It offers a safe space to explore issues, problems and fears. 
  • Someone who will not judge you. Someone who you can be completely honest to and know that anything you say will stay with them (of course this is according to the normal restrictions of confidentiality).  In normal relationships/conversations we ‘filter’ what we say, worry about how others will perceive what we say, and worry what others may do with that information. Counselling should be free from these worries.
  • Someone who will have the same goal (within the sessions) as you, regardless of what that is. The session will be directed by you and therefore you should not feel pushed into making changes before you feel ready/prepared. 
  • Someone who can offer a different perspective. Counsellors are trained in various approaches these help give us a ‘model’ of human behaviour, issues and relationships. Also Counsellors are an ‘outside’ person and therefore have a different perspective to friends or family who may be emotionally or practically involved in the issues effecting you. 
  • Someone who can offer some coping skills. Coping skills can enable to deal with an issue in a different/healthier way.