I qualified as a counsellor in 2009 and since then I have worked for a number of local counselling organisations including the mental health charity Mind. I am registered with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and practice in accordance with their ethical standards. Before training as a counsellor I worked as a manager in a city accountancy firm.
Life can be very hard and we all experience times of unhappiness when we may feel alone with our problems. I will listen to your worries without judging and work with you to explore your situation, gaining different perspectives and greater clarity to help you move forward.
I work with my clients in weekly 50 minute sessions. Sometimes as few as 6 sessions can be enough to provide the insight and confidence a client requires to carry on with their lives. In other circumstances the counselling process takes much longer. I will encourage you to take stock and talk to me about your counselling at regular intervals.
My counselling training was integrative, meaning that I have studied a number of different approaches but my preferred way of working is existential. Existential therapy is based in philosophy but basically means that I understand my clients issues as problems in living rather than as problems with them. Consequently I do not seek to diagnose or label clients in any way.
I will explore with you your experience of living your life so that we can fully understand the causes of your distress. Sometimes simply being heard can be enough to bring relief. In other cases exploring the difficulties which you face may be the start of a process of making active changes in your life or of making peace with a situation that cannot be changed.
I have experience of working with a wide variety of issues that can cause us to feel anxious, angry, depressed or despairing. These include problems with relationships and family, health and work as well as anxiety and panic experienced in social or other situations.