We do Therapy but outside! Being, walking and moving outside can bring many benefits to the therapeutic work. Those with babies/toddlers in slings/buggies may be particularly interested in this.
I am an Integrative Counsellor. This means that I take from a range of models and theories and integrate them into a coherent approach. My base model is Person-Centred, I am also informed by Transactional Analysis, Attachment Theory, mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
I find it useful at times to experiment with a range of creative, experiential tools such as therapeutic writing and expressing ourselves creatively.
I started out as a Youthworker, I worked with young people aged between 11 and 25 for 13 years in a range of settings including youth clubs, supported housing and charities. Since qualifying as a Counsellor in 2011 I continued to work with young people as a Counsellor. I have also worked extensively with adults in my private practice.
Sometimes life is hard. Sometimes life is worse than hard. Counselling isn't a magic solution, it won't make everything better but what it does give us is a safe space to explore what is going on for us. We can work through our thoughts and feelings, build on our strengths and gain deeper insight into unhelpful ways of being and responding. The 'we' is important, it is a joint endeavour - we both bring our experience, our expertise, our creativity. You are not doing this alone, neither are you having anything done to you. I am passionate about the difference counselling can make and have seen countless clients finish our work together in a better place than they started
Who is Counselling for?
Counselling can be beneficial to a wide range of people. Everyone's experience is so varied and unique that I find it difficult to pin down what type of person or 'condition' I work with, because in reality I am interested in people. All types of people with all types of experience. I do have some specific areas which I am particularly interested in but these are by no means exclusive.
I offer a warm, empathic, non-judgemental space. I do of course work within an Ethical Framework so am alert to working within my competency, and abide by my professional obligations by making full use of supervision and keeping up to date with current research and guidelines. Here are just a few of issues counselling can be helpful for.
Anxiety and panic disorder
Areas of Interest
Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder: Counselling can help you gain insight into how and why you use/misuse food or exercise, we can work towards bolstering resilience in your life, being more compassionate towards yourself and adjusting your thinking patterns.
Issues around weight: I find it valuable to offer a safe, non judgemental, non shaming space to explore together your relationship with food, what emotional need it meets and alternative ways to meet those needs. Integral to this is how you feel about your body and moving towards feeling more positive about your body. We will also bear in the mind the environment you/we find ourselves in and the messages we receive about food/weight/body/gender every day.
I work in a LGBTQ affirmative way. I have worked for an LGBTQ service and value the opportunity to work with clients who are transitioning or grappling with issues around gender.