What I do: Previous to qualifying, I’ve worked for many years in mental health, substance misuse and youth work which has allowed me to develop excellent knowledge about mental health and contributed to my confidence working with a wide range of people with varying needs. I have experience working with individuals struggling with a wide range of emotional and psychological issues, from stress, ill health, loss, depression, anxiety, compulsive behaviour, adjusting to life changes(such as a divorce or a career change) or looking to find new ways of dealing with difficult issues both past and present, to severe mental illness and more serious challenges, such as trauma, psychosis and alcohol/substance abuse.
My approach: My core training approach is humanistic existential but I call myself an integrative counsellor as my counselling approach is integrative and is informed by other psychotherapeutic, philosophical orientations including, psychodynamic, relational, Buddhist/mindfulness, gestalt, focusing, acceptance and commitment therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and social justice.
I offer a confidential, warm and interactive environment, and my style is empathetic, compassionate, approachable and nonjudgmental and I adapt my approach to your individual needs and goals.
How it works: I believe that counselling and psychotherapy is a process of collaboration and I work with people to establish a non-judgmental trusting relationship where people can feel safe enough to explore whatever issue they bring to therapy.
A bit about me: To relax I practise yoga, mindfulness, dance and I love walking and camping in the wilds of Wales and beyond. I also have an interest in holistic therapies, music of all kinds and drama/theatre or cinema. When I’m at home, my garden is always there for me as a place to help me to ground myself and calm my mind.