I am a BACP registered counsellor/therapist, and hold a Diploma in Integrative Counselling (2019) as well as an MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (2021), both from the Minster Centre.
Prior to my training as a therapist, I worked in health and social care: first in the NHS supporting people with chronic illnesses in an inpatient setting, and later for an LGBTQ+ charity, as a trainer for professionals working with young LGBTQ+ people, facilitating youth groups and support groups, and running workshops for young people on themes relating to mental health and wellbeing. Most recently, I worked as a Specialist Support Worker for people with severe learning disabilities and multi-sensory impairment.
I have experience of working with issues including but not limited to: self esteem, trauma, abuse, health conditions and chronic illness, identity, sexuality, depression, anxiety, addiction, obsessive thoughts and compulsions, relationship difficulties, managing boundaries, questions about belonging, and feeling disconnected from oneself. I have substantial experience of working with neurodiversity, especially autism and ADHD, and take a neurodiversity-affirming approach to my work with clients. I also have a specific interest in questions relating to identity and diversity in its broadest sense.
My approach to therapy is integrative, meaning that I draw on a variety of models including psychodynamic, attachment-based and relational perspectives. What integrative therapy means to me, is that we can approach challenges from a variety of angles. We may for example use art, physical objects, or breathing and movement in our sessions in order to find ways to express and explore experiences which as yet feel wordless. I will work to create together with you an environment in which we can approach your experience flexibly and creatively, and in which you can feel able to bring your whole self without fear of judgment.
I have a strong interest in working with embodiment in psychotherapy, and include an awareness of sensation, movement, impulses and the embodiment of emotion and meaning, in my work with clients. I'm currently entering the advanced year of a Somatic Experiencing qualification - this is a modality which was developed for working with stress and trauma, and which takes a holistic approach to body, mind and spirit in understanding how stress and trauma express themselves, and can be worked with, in the present.
I believe that we all have the capacity to grow and flourish, and that accessing support and attending to ourselves is a powerful part of this process. Sometimes, we face aspects of our own growth which may require re-learning, and challenging beliefs and assumptions which may be long-held. This isn't always an easy process. However, my experience is that therapy can offer an opportunity to open up new ways of being in the world and connecting with ourselves and those around us.
I work from Spiral on Tuesdays. My fee is £70 per 50 minute session, and I do offer some concessions. You can reach me on 07814 791807 or by email at email@example.com