"The first step to making change is deciding that you no longer want to be where you are"
Coming for counselling can feel like a big step, especially if it is for the first time, but it is a positive one.
People are drawn to counselling for many different reasons. Life can often be challenging, and can leave you feeling alone and not knowing where you can go to be heard, understood or supported. This in turn can leave you feeling anxious, stressed, down, uncertain, afraid or unable to do what you want to do, and be who you want to be. Counselling and psychotherapy can help support you through these difficult times and changes in your life, for example through bereavement, trauma, loss of a relationship or health, family problems, stress, anxiety or depression.
Coming to counselling is a way of exploring and working through the issues that you are facing, enabling you to develop a deeper self-awareness and ability to make sense of your life. You are the expert of your life, no one else, and by listening to you, working alongside you and offering you a confidential, non-judgemental and empathic space, this can help you to feel safe to explore what you are thinking, feeling and experiencing. This therapeutic relationship can allow you to explore your life in a way that you may not have been able to before and may help you with understanding why you have been feeling the way you do and to make changes in order to move forward.
I am professionally trained and work as an integrative psychotherapist, which means that I am able to draw on a number of different approaches, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), person centred, humanistic and behavioural, so that the counselling approach is tailored for you.
I work face to face and I am also a qualified online and telephone counsellor.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP)
Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Awareness in Bereavement Care Foundation Course
BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology
I attend regular continued professional development training courses to develop my experience and practice. I have specialist training and experience in providing support for anxiety, trauma, abuse and bereavement.
Accredited registrant of the National Counselling Society (MNCS Accred).
Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I abide by the BACP ethical framework and requirements for continuing professional development and supervision.
Member of the association for counselling and therapy online (ACTO).
As well as being in private practice, I am an associate with NTAPS working with clients who have experienced trauma (PTSD), using short term trauma focused CBT.
I also volunteered as a counsellor with the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC), as well as working with clients referred to me by RASASC in my private practice.
I also worked for Cruse as a bereavement volunteer, where I worked with adults on a one-to-one basis and also facilitated group work, and volunteered as a counsellor with the NHS Surrey & Borders Partnership Youth Counselling Service, part of Mindsight Surrey CAMHS, which offers short term counselling to 12-24 year olds.
How can Counselling help you?
Online sessions using zoom or professional therapy rooms at Brighter Spaces in Guildford, that offer a comfortable and confidential space for face to face counselling.
A counselling relationship is confidential, empathic and non judgemental. This relationship can help you to explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences in a way that you may not have been able to before, helping you to understand why you have been feeling the way you do, and enabling you to make changes in order to move forward.
We can meet for as many sessions as is helpful to you. We will regularly review this together. The sessions are 50 minutes and are £50 a session online or £60 face to face. Session times are flexible with availability on weekdays and evenings.
Free initial telephone consultation for you to ask any questions that you may have before booking a session.
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