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 and I also offer outdoor walk and talk 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.
Walk and talk sessions are based in Newcastle upon Tyne, if this style of therapy appeals to you, we can discuss where we will meet. If the weather is poor, we can walk in a more sheltered setting.
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. I believe spending time in nature helps with your mental health. I have always loved animals but have really recognised during lockdown how much my family pets have brought comfort, joy and enriched my family’s life.
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.