I qualified with Person-Centred Counselling Services (PCCS) in Manchester in 2006 and gained my accreditation with BACP in 2010. I have been practising for over fifteen years in a wide range of settings with adults and children, including in schools, with carers in the NHS, with homeless young people, with members of the LGBT+ community, as well as with adults in private practice.
Over the last decade and a half, I have helped clients with a wide variety of issues such as anxiety and depression, stress, bereavement, loneliness, family breakdown, attachment issues, domestic abuse, addiction, relationships, sexual abuse, sexuality and sexual identity.
My practice is based on the belief that we each have an innate tendency to grow, find meaning in our lives and connect – with ourselves and others. However, experience may result in us losing touch with this tendency through events, circumstances, relationships – or sometimes for reasons that we can’t identify. As a consequence we find ourselves unhappy.
Should this be helpful to you, I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation with me if you’d like to discuss whether therapy may be right for you before you make your first face-to-face appointment.
Counselling sessions last 50 minutes and I charge £50 per session.
About person-centered counselling
‘The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.’
I describe my approach to therapy as person-centred and humanistic. What does this mean?
Person-centred therapy was developed by the American psychologist Carl Rogers and his collaborators over many years from the middle years of the twentieth century. It continues to thrive and develop around the world today and has had considerable impact on a range of therapeutic approaches as well as beyond therapy, for example in social work, nursing and conflict resolution.
Put simply, person-centred therapy aims to provide a space for you, the client, to talk freely and openly while being listened to without judgment by me, the therapist.
In practice, this means that we will identify and explore the challenges in your life as you see them, and find solutions that make sense to you. You are the expert on your life, not me. My role is not to ‘fix’ or advise you, but to help you see more clearly what is causing your suffering in order for you to grow and develop with increased peace of mind and confidence.
As your therapist, I will work to create the right conditions for you to become more self-aware and make more sense of your experience. This is likely to involve examining the difficulties you are facing while developing a deeper understanding of your wishes, motivations and values. Sometimes we might use a gentle process called focusing as a way of inviting you to attend to subtle sensations in the body that you may not ordinarily be aware of.
I’ve seen the process of change take place quickly sometimes, over just a few sessions. But it may also require patience and commitment. This too is something we will discuss and reflect upon if you choose to work with me.
Above all, I aim to value the uniqueness of your experience – and for the impact of the events, circumstances and relationships that have formed it. But I will also be as real and authentic as I can be in our sessions so that our relationship as client and therapist can grow on the basis of genuineness and trust.