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 way of relating 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.
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 use and demonstrate mindfulness techniques when appropriate.
I have gained significant benefit from my own personal therapy, and receive regular supervision.
As a 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 have 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.