What do you want from life? Probably things like - Good health; happy, fulfilling relationships and family life; rewarding work you enjoy that earns you a good living; engaging in meaningful and fun activities.
Most people come to counselling when one or more of these areas in life aren't working as well as they'd like them to. Through talking about the things that matter to you and sharing things that trouble you you'll come to see what actions you can to take to make positive changes and develop self confidence.
In addition to talking things through you'll also learn techniques to steady your thoughts and emotions which in turn will lead to a more relaxed and balanced body. You'll be able to reduce stress, manage anxiety and cultivate a calm, yet strong personality. From this state you'll be in a better position to make informed choices, have less stressful interactions with people and take wiser action in your life. Some people call my approach Embodied Mindfulness.
I offer both short-term focused counselling or more in-depth, on-going counselling support.
You can call or email me to set up an initial session; This gives you the opportunity to meet me and to talk about what you want to get out of counselling. If you're happy to continue we'll set up a second session, and arrange to meet on a weekly or fortnightly basis.
My Experience: I've been practicing for over 30 yrs and work with a very wide range of issues. In addition to my therapeutic training I'm also a fully qualified body therapist having qualified as a teacher of the Alexander Technique in 1984. I've worked with people from many backgrounds including Youth at Risk UK, WYSE Project, Anchor Homes for the elderly, Royal College of Art, Richmond and Hartfield Community Colleges and horse riders helping to improve confidence to name a few. As a result I have many skills to draw on to help you in the best possible way.
My fascination with how human beings can positively affect the quality of their lives began when I started lessons in The Alexander Technique at age 11. In my early twenties I trained as a Psychotherapist, qualifying in 1990 and more recently completed a training as an EMDR Therapist.
I have extensive experience of working with people of many ages and backgrounds; with individuals, in couples and groups in both the private and public sectors.
I also design and facilitate courses and workshops.
For recreation I spend a lot of time in the outdoors with my dog and friends, exploring the coastal paths of the UK and the lochs and mountains of Scotland, where I was brought up.
Connecting with the elemental nature of life in all its rich diversity reminds me how interconnected we all are with this magnificent planet of ours.
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.