You might be wondering if I am the right Counsellor for you. So to help demystify this, here’s a section about my training and experience in working with people, and an explanation of the type of counselling I offer (because there are lots of different ones out there!)
How I work
My therapeutic approach is known as integrative, with my core focus using the Person Centred approach, but also incorporating aspects of the Psychodynamic approach, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Gestalt. I believe that everyone has the ability to grow and fulfil their potential; I am there to support this process by being genuine, striving to understand each person’s experiences with a non-judgemental perspective.
I also feel that our past experiences have a lasting impact on our present situations (Psychodynamic) and aim to uncover these patterns through exploration and discussion. It’s also important to know that sometimes our thoughts and perceptions of events can affect our feelings and behaviour (CBT), and that thinking & talking about stuff from the past can evoke strong feelings in the present, and it can be useful (but often difficult) to try to stay with the feelings that emerge (Gestalt).
Since 2014 I have been effectively working with adult clients in various settings (e.g. medical practices and charity organisations). From 2016 I have also been successfully delivering counselling to children & adolescents in several schools, including delivering play therapy through Place2be. Most recently I worked at The Brit School, delivering time-limited counselling to staff & students aged 14- 18, using a mixture of traditional counselling and creative counselling.
Who I work with
Although I do have a particular interest and experience in working with people who identify within the LGBTQ+ community, I believe help should be accessible to everyone. I have worked well with individuals from a wide variety of ages, religions, ethnicities, social classes, genders, and sexualities, as well as working with different levels of mental distress of individuals.
What issues I’ve worked with