“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the
end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”
Mary Anne Radmacher
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor with 12 years of experience in supporting clients with a wide range of issues. I am passionate about the difference counselling can make and feel privileged to do this job.
I am working both online, in-person and Outdoors.
We do Therapy but outside! Being, walking and moving outside can bring many benefits to the therapeutic work. Being in nature helps us regulate ourselves so can be useful when talking about difficult issues.
This way of working can make it easier for parents with babies in sling/buggy to access counselling.
Young People and Students
I am an experienced youthworker and have worked as a Counsellor with young people and students for over 6 years.
I am especially interested in how transitions are navigated, what helps/hinder this process and the impact of the awesome brain changes which go on right up until we're 25. I work with a whole range of issues including anxiety, Climate Distress, friendship/family/relationship challenges, body image and depression.
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, Ecotherapy, mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I am Body Positive and work with Intuitive Eating concepts.
I find it useful at times to experiment with a range of creative, experiential tools such as therapeutic writing and expressing ourselves creatively.
I have daytime slots available for online and in-person appointments. I also have Outdoor Therapy slots - Monday and Fridays at Eastville Park., and Tuesday at The Downs.
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 have worked extensively with adults of all ages, as well as continuing to work with young people and young adults.
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. Being deeply listened to creates the space to reflect. 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. At all points, you have choice about the direction of our work. 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. And although two people can have the same diagnosis, their experience and source of distress can be miles apart. Understanding you and your journey, and goals, is my top priority.
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
Disordered Eating, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder: Counselling can help you gain insight into your eating patterns, some folk use food to meet an emotional need (which is sometimes fine, but it is helpful to increase our strategies so we have more than one option when we're feeling down or stressed), others might restrict their eating or purge, for a variety of reasons. Exercise can sometimes be part of our disorderness around food and body, so rediscovering what movement really makes our hearts sing can be a valuable part of the work. 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 expand your self-care toolbox. 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 use concepts from Intuitive Eating to inform how we can be more in touch with what our body needs, noticing ways in which we might restrict ourselves and the Restrict-Binge cycle that can create and giving ourselves permission to look after our bodies and minds.
I work in a LGBTQ+ affirmative way. I have worked for an LGBTQIA service and value the opportunity to work with clients who are transitioning or grappling with issues around gender.
Climate Distress, the impact of the climate emergency is all around us, more tangible for us in this country some days than others. But the psychological weight of it is heavy. To engage with it meaningfully, allowing ourselves to voice our fears and feelings can be vital. The inequality of the impact, and the responsibility, is a part of the picture and adds to the burden. Seeing it in our societal/global context and the intersectionality with other forms of injustice is necessary.