I am an experienced, qualified counsellor and member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I work in an integrative way, which means that I use theories and concepts from different therapeutic models. I believe that psychological problems are seldom caused by just one source or situation, and that therefore a variety of strategies may be useful for achieving the desired outcome.
I have worked in different settings with children, adolescents and adults. In addition to private practice, I have worked as a counsellor within secondary education and I currently volunteer at Thurrock Mind. I have previously worked as a counsellor in settings such as bereavement and addiction.
The typical issues that draw people to therapy are depression, anxiety, relationship issues, bereavement, trauma, abuse, sexuality, sexual problems, physical illness/pain, bereavement/loss, low self-esteem, phobias, problems at work/college/school, stress, suicidal feelings, isolation, crisis, anger, self-loathing, feelings of failure, feeling wrong and bad, and economic difficulties. I am experienced in working with each of these.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and, as such, I am bound by its Ethical Framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy. I am supervised by a qualified clinical supervisor and have a current DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate certifying me as suitable for working with vulnerable children and adults.
I work with adults and teenagers. Counselling sessions are normally scheduled weekly, for 50 minutes in duration. The initial session is an assessment which is followed by six 50 minute weekly sessions. A review session is planned for the 7th week to find out whether counselling is helping and to enable a client to continue or discontinue. Counselling may last from 1 session to several sessions, maybe some months or even longer.