Qualifications and Experience

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About me

I am trained to Master degree level in Humanistic counselling where I personally align to the Gestalt theoretical orientation.  This for me means that I believe that we are not ‘static beings’ and that it is possible to free ourselves from our difficulties.  For children this means the freedom to play, explore and learn which may be hindered when they feel troubled by something. For adults this could mean living a fuller (and more connected to) life.

My personal belief is that we are in fact very capable of growth and change towards a more satisfying and harmonious way of being.  I believe we can experience a greater sense of joy and fulfillment in our lives and in our relationships with others – and importantly, in our relationship with ourselves. This relationship with ourselves is crucial to any individual at any age, but is especially important during our developmental years when we are discovering who we are in the world.

Qualifications

I hold a Master degree in Counselling with Children and Young people and a BSc (Hons) Psychology from the University of Nottingham; I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Types of issues I have worked with

  • Trauma
  • Bereavement
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sexuality
  • Hearing voices
  • Borderline Personality
  • Domestic violence
  • Abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Bullying
  • Disability
  • Cultural issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Loneliness
  • Parental separation
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Lack of self-confidence
  • Friendship problems

Self-harm 

Is self-harm a problem in your life?  Whether it is your child or you that self-harms, it can be a very stressful and frightening time for all of the family. I have worked extensively with individuals who self-harm and I have observed first-hand how it can be used as a coping mechanism, as a survival tool or to help the individual feel a sense of control. If you feel ready to talk to someone, I would like to work with you at your own pace.  I will always listen to you and will never judge you or your situation.  Instead I believe in offering acceptance, empathy and support to help you explore the difficulties influencing your life and the choices you make.  By building a trusting relationship together, and by engaging in honest dialogue with each other, I believe it is possible for us to gain a greater awareness of ourselves.  I believe it is during this process that we are able to connect our experiences together and begin to heal.

Hearing voices

By ‘hearing voices’ I am referring to hearing, seeing or experiencing things that others do not.  Hearing voices is more common than some people realise and it does not automatically mean that you are unwell or have ‘Schizophrenia’.  The way individuals are affected by the voices they hear or the amount of distress they might feel from what they experience, will vary from person to person.  For some people it is not a problem and they adjust to their experiences over time.  For others it can be a scary time and the voices they hear might be unpleasant, angry or unkind.  It is also possible that the voices might fluctuate with the amount of stress in the person’s life.  I believe it is possible to find ways of coping, even for those who feel very frightened and overwhelmed by their experiences.

If you or your child are affected by hearing voices, and you are concerned, you can talk to me in confidence and together we can figure out a way forward.

Hearing voices was the topic of my research dissertation for my Master’s degree.  This required me to conduct a substantial amount of research on the topic and to develop ways in which to work with clients who do hear voices, to understand them better, and to help them to find ways to cope with their experiences, rather than to simply diagnose and label the individual.