A bit about me
Before training as a counsellor I worked professionally for several years as a social worker with individuals, couples and families struggling with trauma, loss, illness or major life changes. After my counselling training, I worked as a counsellor in GP surgeries and private practice for 12 years, before moving to Gloucestershire where I now have a small private practice. I obtained BACP Accreditation in 1997.
My core training was psychodynamic but many years of further training and experience have greatly broadened this to include CBT, brief and solution-focussed therapy, systemic and humanistic strategies in my work - according to each individual or couple’s needs and situation. My approach is non-rigid and integrative.
I work in a warm, open and flexible way, using a variety of helping strategies to enable you make sense of your situation and really look at your options. I encourage the development of self-help ‘tools’ and may sometimes suggest tasks to help progress between sessions.
Counselling sessions usually last for one hour but can be longer if required. Couples often find that one and a half hours gives them more opportunity to focus constructively. Sessions usually take place on a weekly basis, especially initially - and may move to fortnightly or less frequently as things progress, if required.
I love working with people and am committed to my counselling Practice. Fully trained, accredited, insured and bound by BACP’s Code of Practice, I am in supervision, as is required, to maintain the quality of my work.
I understand how hard it can be to make that initial approach to a counsellor, but any initial nervousness is soon eradicated once we make contact. I aim to offer a real and productive experience to you - and to establish as equal a partnership as possible.
MY MAIN SKILLS:
I have long experience of working with all life problems, other than established addictions - i.e. relationships (of all kinds); depression and anxiety, stress, parenting; major change; bereavement; family problems; low-esteem; health issues; etc.
I work from a lovely warm, peaceful summer house in the garden of my home in the village of Blockley, near Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos. Privacy is assured, appointments are flexible and free parking is available just nearby.
My usual charge per session hour is £35 for individuals and £40 for couples. Some concessions may be available, if necessary.
Integrative counselling draws on a number of different theories and helping strategies, according to each person’s situation and needs. It recognises that we – and our situations - are all individual - and do not fit any one theory or helping approach…helping you to make sense of your situation and recognise your own resources and potential for change.