What is the counsellor’s role and how does the process work?

Counselling allows you to talk confidentially to a trained professional about patterns, problems or psychological blocks that may affect you in your everyday life.

Following an initial assessment session, difficult feelings can be explored in a safe environment using a variety of different approaches, tailored according to your individual needs.
Throughout the course of counselling, clients are offered support and encouragement. Clients are also appropriately challenged to develop new ways of thinking.

Depending on the issues addressed, counselling may take the form of focused therapy over a short period, or more long-term work.

The client’s individual identity and autonomy is respected throughout.

The aim of counselling and psychotherapy is to work with clients to increase their understanding and ability to process difficult feelings or behaviours.  This can lead to increased motivation, confidence and insight allowing clients to effect positive change in their lives.

Areas that I specialise in:

  • Trauma and PTSD using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Clinical supervision
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Bullying
  • Depression
  • Domestic violence
  • Lack of self- confidence and self-esteem
  • Sight impairment
  • Sexual problems
  • Sexuality and identity
  • Sexual, physical and emotional abuse
  • Relationship difficulties and breakdowns
  • Work related stress
  • Young people’s counselling.

Professional Training and Accreditation

I completed my Psychodynamic Counselling Diploma and Brief Therapy Training at Birmingham University. I went on to develop my practice by completing qualifications in CBT and Group Psychotherapy. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing to treat Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I have also completed a level 7 cross modality Clinical Supervision training, accredited by the British Association of Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervisors. I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and have a long history of employment within the NHS and as a private practitioner. I adhere to BACP’s Ethical Framework for Counselling and Psychotherapy and provide a confidential service according to this framework.