Why I do what I do
I love people – their diversity, quirks, their stories, their triumphs and failures. I will never get tired of humans and what makes each one of us so unique.
I didn’t set out to be a Counsellor, I worked for nearly 20 years in the travel industry and ended up in a stressful management role that eventually affected my health. After taking a bit of time off I decided on a career change and initially trained and worked as a Reflexologist. This led to an increasing interest in what shapes us to be who we are and how we manage our lives daily.
Since qualifying in 2008 I have not looked back and know I am truly in the profession I was meant to be in. I feel privileged when people share their lives with me and honoured that they trust me and the therapeutic relationship we build.
I am a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accredited Counsellor and I am committed to providing counselling in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. As a registered member of the BACP I am bound by their code of Ethics and Practice.
Away from my practice I enjoy walking, particularly near the sea and travelling the world. I am also lucky enough to have my own bolt hole in rural France.
How I Work
I use an integrative counselling approach, which has a basis in humanistic/person centred practice. This means that I might use a variety of methods, theories and techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focussed Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Transactional Analysis. This integrative framework and my experiential training enable me to work in a way appropriate to your needs and covering a wide range of issues.
I have a particular interest in substance dependency and eating disorders and I was employed in the field of addiction for many years. I am experienced in helping clients with a wide range of difficulties. People seek therapy for a variety of reasons:
- Support for eating disorders – Binge eating, Failed dieting, Food cravings, Bulimia and Anorexia
- Alcohol and drug misuse and addiction
- Trying to manage a relationship difficulty with a partner, parent or child
- Experiencing anxiety or panic attacks
- Self-esteem issues or a lack of confidence
- Feeling stressed
- Suffering from depression
Counselling can help resolve difficulties by developing awareness and understanding, opening up new creative possibilities and making change possible.