I am a warm, empathic, creative, insightful, experienced therapist who offers a safe, confidential, non-judgmental space within which you can share and work through your concerns. Over the last 14 years I've supported women, men, adolescents and children, with a diverse range of social and cultural backgrounds, to make positive and lasting changes in their lives. Some of the issues that I have helped my clients with include; stress, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, lack of self confidence, loneliness, post traumatic stress disorder, bereavement and loss, relationship problems, feeling overwhelmed, family difficulties, life transitions, surviving abuse, loss of identity, bullying, divorce and separation, personal growth and so much more.
I began my counsellor training at The University of Leeds in 1997. Since qualifying in 2000 I have worked for a range of organisations, including:
- The University of Leeds Student Counselling Service offering a service to both students and staff
- The NSPCC based in primary and secondary schools offering a service to children, adolescents and their families
- The YMCA based in a residential secondary school working with children and families
- Primary and Secondary schools setting up and delivering counselling services
- Private practice working with children, young people and adults
There are many theoretical approaches to counselling that therapists use in order to help their clients. As an integrative counsellor I refer to a range of established psychological therapies as I recognise that one size does not fit all when it comes to getting to grips with the problems that life can present. I draw upon humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural ideas so that I can be as flexible and effective as possible when working with the unique, individual needs of my clients.
In addition, as a result of my supplementary training and qualifications in EMDR, Hypnotherapy and creative therapies, I am able to draw upon a range of specialised techniques in order to help my clients further in their quest to achieve their goals, should they so wish.
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That said, I believe that the most important ingredient in successful therapy is the quality of the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist. No psychological approach or technique will ever be as important as the relationship that develops between us. A positive, trusting working relationship underpins everything and is therefore the most essential part of the counselling process.
I love what I do. I find my counselling work extremely rewarding and I feel incredibly inspired by all of the people who I have had the privilege to work with.