About me and my work
I am a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor providing in-person counselling for adults. I offer short-term solution focused work and longer-term in-depth counselling.
I trained at the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy and Counselling. I have experience working with a wide variety of clients presenting with issues ranging from stress, anxiety, depression and loss, to self-exploration and personal growth. Before moving into private practice I provided counselling in a GP surgery and at a charity which supports people in recovery from a range of addictions.
I am an Integrative therapist which means I draw on a range of techniques from my training and experience. I work relationally and my approach is influenced mainly by Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, mindfulness-based and person-centred therapies.
I have a sensitive and gentle manner, and I will work at the pace which feels right for you. I will support you through your healing process and give you the necessary space to be, however you need to be, at this time.
Growth and change are usually part of the therapy process. Having a greater understanding of yourself enables you to make different choices. My role is to support and encourage you to move forward in a way which enhances your life and your well-being.
I want you to be able to face and cope with whatever your life presents. So often you cannot change the things in your past, or what is happening to you right now. However, you are able to relate differently to these experiences and you can make positive decisions about your future.
Before becoming a therapist I worked mainly in the fields of education and disability. I have also worked for the local authority and in the charity sector. I am involved in grass-roots activism, and enjoy both sport and meditation.
I am passionate about motivating and empowering others. This has been a theme throughout my personal and professional life. However I have also come to see that in order for any real change to take place there needs to be acceptance and care. All too often we try to grow and learn from a place of lack, insecurity and fear. Being a therapist enables me to support people to get to know and understand themselves. From a place of acceptance, and with encouragement and care, people are much better placed to make the changes they want to see in themselves and in their lives.