|Membership Class:||Ordinary Registered Member|
|UKAHPP Member No:||694|
You might have been experiencing uncertainty and anxiety, or low self-esteem. Your life experience, or how you relate to yourself and others, may be troubling you. There could be patterns in your behaviour which you feel unable to change- history repeating itself. Possibly the ways that you have learned to see yourself and others are unhelpful, and you are want to create better relationships with yourself and others.
Perhaps you are looking for another way, to give yourself time and space to explore and understand yourself better, and how to respond in situations. You might be at a crossroads or transition in your life or have conflicted feelings.
Many young people are dealing with physical and emotional difficulties. You might have different demands from peers and parents, uncertainties about who you are and how you find your way in the future. You might feel frustrated, not fitting in, and want to feel better, like yourself again.
I know how difficult it can be to face and talk about life experience, you might fear being misunderstood, judged or feeling worse. Clients from diverse traditions, experiences and beliefs have told me how counselling has enriched and supported them in their lives, opening up possibilities of hope and self-understanding, and a more accepting compassionate approach to yourself.
Are you feeling trapped in work, in your workplace relationship or with your family? Do you feel unable to express yourself in all areas of your life? Perhaps you lack the confidence to speak up or feel very self critical at times?
I believe that we all have the potential to enhance our lives and develop our potential, through understanding. Counselling offers the opportunity to change.
My theoretical understanding is drawn from attachment, humanistic and relational perspectives which I use in relation to your experience. I recognise the impact of traumatic experience from the past. I might explore with you how your patterns and past relationships may have shaped your experience in the present, or focus on the here and now. I recognise the important role of cultural, spiritual experience and beliefs .I value the individual’s search for meaning.
I believe that the relationship we develop is fundamental to counselling. Through our developing therapeutic relationship you may discover insights into how you relate, and other possible ways of being and responding. As you begin to reflect, and develop a dialogue, you may develop insight, self-understanding and compassion. This can begin to effect the changes you seek.
I bring warmth and openness to my work, seeking to create a trusting relationship. I am flexible and empathic, working to develop understanding and insight to enable self-acceptance and growth.
I aim to work with you in a supportive and collaborative way, to explore and clarify your options in the here and now. I will provide a safe place where you can express your feelings and explore your issues. We may also use mindfulness if you resonate with this approach.
Through private practice and work within a variety of agencies over the last 20 years I have gained wide experience experience of working with relationships, self-esteem issues, identity, loss and bereavement, anxiety and depression, and many other issues. I have also worked with young people on the autistic spectrum as a learning assistant and tutor.
I completed an initial Diploma training as a counsellor in 1991 at the Institute of Education in London, gaining an Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Interpersonal Skills.
I gained a Post graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychological Studies in 2012 from Metanoia Institute and Middlesex University.
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