My clients often inhabit a crowded yet empty world in which they cannot easily 'hear' themselves or feel that they are not ‘understood’ by those around them. Perhaps you feel a little like this too? My first hope as a therapist is that you will feel both 'heard' and 'understood' - maybe for the first time.
As an ‘integrative counsellor’ my approach combines different elements of specific therapies. Collaboratively we’d explore who you are as a ‘whole person’ - your wider circumstances and life story - alongside specific issues that you might be facing right now.
This often involves uncovering and working with hidden or unconscious parts of our inner world; the world we hide away from those in our public space.
I encourage this by helping you to develop a deeper insight into the patterns of thought, feeling, and behaviour, that shape who you are becoming. Self-awareness is a valuable if not essential personal resource, when navigating difficult relationships or the sometimes cruel hardships of life’s inevitable events.
Seeking help or solace with the presence of another person - a stranger - is neither straightforward nor easy, particularly if you have never done it before. Finding and choosing the right therapist is both a crucial yet difficult decision.
I suggest you speak to several therapists before committing to 'the journey'. Ask yourself, what will it feel like to 'travel with' this counsellor - a professional companion - on an exploration of your 'inner landscape', where at times you might feel quite exposed or vulnerable?
I am a fully qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor working with clients facing a broad range of issues; including being anxious, stressed or feeling ‘lost in the world’; as well as those seeking meaning or purpose in life. I support individuals coping with significant life-changing events such as serious illness, redundancy, divorce or bereavement, and I also help those struggling in relationships or with parenting.
My practice is based in Cheltenham (and Hereford on Mondays), where I provide a peaceful and confidential environment for us to explore whatever is going on in your life.
I bring a wide range of personal and professional experience to my work; and offer a variety of therapeutic approaches, within the context of short and longer-term counselling. I have spent many years working in different countries as an intercultural researcher and consultant for international organisations. In a world rich with diversity, this is useful when considering how the cultural context of our everyday environment shapes and influences how we experience life and feel as a person.
I am a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development. Prior to working in business, I served for several years in the British military.
For further information, please visit my website.
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.