I have practised as a counsellor in a range of therapeutic settings,
including: with children, young people and adults, counselling carers
through a leading carer’s charity, a drug and alcohol charity, a charity
supporting addiction recovery, vulnerable people facing homelessness
and domestic abuse, in private practice and a placement working within
the NHS (including perinatal counselling). I have also been trained and
have experience working from a solution-focussed approach.
My approach is grounded in the person-centred approach, but I also draw upon other humanistic principles in a person-centred integrative approach. I can also offer creative and expressive ways of working, such as with art materials, stones, clay, symbolic objects, creative writing, story-telling, sand tray, imagery and visualisation, collage/scrapbooks, journals including art journals and play therapy. The decision whether to make use of any of these experiential and other integrative person-centred ways of working is always yours. At every stage of the process you will decide how far and where you want to go.
As a registered member of the BACP (MBACP) I abide by their ethical framework, which sets out the standards and principles for professional conduct in counselling practice. I have appropriate insurance for my counselling practice and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate.
I can work with you on any issues you wish to explore. I have experience working with a wide range of issues including: Anxiety, depression (including perinatal depression), trauma (including birth trauma), bereavement, loss, stress, self-esteem, addictions (including drug/alcohol), anger, family/relationship issues, gender/sexuality, phobias, self-harm and eating disorders.