A safe place....to be accepted and accept yourself
When a client comes to see me, I seek to provide a space whereby they can express whatever they are feeling in an environment of acceptance. I believe that through the safe, trusting relationship with the counsellor, healing can come as we understand, learn and practice a different, kinder, way of connecting to ourselves and others. I think that many people struggle to freely be themselves and this journey to self-acceptance is made easier through being accepted by someone else.
I seek to provide a practice that is inclusive for anyone regardless of ethnicity, background, gender, religion or sexual orientation. I would like to understand life from your perspective as best I can, acknowledging that I bring my perspective into the relationship.
My specialism is working with people who have suffered trauma and loss - specifically pregnancy loss, the death of a child and sexual abuse.
As an integrative practitioner I draw from a variety of different theories and techniques in my work and I am happy to discuss and explain these.
I have an Integrative Relational Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy (MA) from Roehampton University which included training in Person Centred, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
I am a qualified EMDR practitioner and I use and demonstrate other techniques which help to calm the nervous system including mindfulness and EFT tapping.
I have gained significant benefit from my own personal therapy and EMDR, and receive regular supervision, as well as continuing with regular CPD.
As an accredited member of the BACP and work confidentially, abiding by their code of conduct and guidelines.
I also have a Nursing degree (Bsc HONS from Kings College London) and worked as a Nurse for over 20 years, working in busy London hospitals in surgical and gynaecological wards and an emergency gynaecological and pregnancy outpatients department. I have supported many people experiencing both a physical and emotional trauma. I draw on this experience in my counselling.