I understand that for some people starting therapy may feel daunting. I am interested in building a strong, supportive relationship. My style is warm, genuine, non-judgemental and hopeful. I strongly believe in hope, you may come to therapy feeling ‘hopeless’, if you do, I believe my role is to carry hope, until you are ready to do so yourself. I am interested in people’s stories and finding meaning and making sense of patterns and repetitive unhelpful behaviour. I will encourage self-kindness and quietening internal harsh voices. I may challenge false beliefs about yourself. Our work together will help you develop a better understanding of yourself and your relationships, help you make connections between the past and present and develop greater insight and awareness. I work creatively and intuitively. Humour is something I also value and to some clients’ surprise is something that will probably feature in sessions.
Having a strong connection is an essential element in therapy, I encourage openness and honesty, but I also understand that each client needs to go at their own pace and disclose aspects of their past only when they are ready.
I work for example with people experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and post-traumatic stress. You may recognise that you are struggling or need support and space to explore unresolved feelings.
I offer face to face, online or telephone psychotherapy and counselling sessions. I am an integrative psychotherapist. I use a range of therapy approaches which are adapted to suit your own individual needs. My main model is Transactional Analysis, but I also use other theories and models, I am particularly interested in guided imagery and using metaphors. I have been in practice since 2016. I trained at Northern Guild Psychotherapy. I am a member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy.
Sessions last for 50 minutes. It varies how many sessions people feel they need. Generally, I seem to work longer term with clients, but I am happy to work short term which is usually 6 or 8 sessions. Again, this is very individual and is something we can discuss together.
I am in my 50s so the road to becoming a psychotherapist has not been a direct or smooth one! In my twenties and early thirties, I worked abroad. In my thirties I had children. At different turns during my life I have experienced sadness, loss and grief which led me to seek out therapy. It was during my own therapy that I realised that I wanted to train as a psychotherapist.
I feel a strong connection with nature and have a love of animals.
Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.