I am based in Nottingham, where I provide psychotherapy and counselling to adults. My aim is to offer clients a warm and accepting space where they can learn self-compassion, self-awareness and self-acceptance. I decided to re-train as a psychotherapist, following a long and rewarding career as a social worker. The theoretical approach I use when working with clients is person-centred and experiential. My passion for this modality began following my own experience as a client. My own life has been rich and insightful, allowing me to realise that it is normal for people to encounter difficulties in their lives, at some point. During these times, intervention in the form of counselling/psychotherapy can create movement for clients. I have a strong belief in people’s individual capacity to implement the necessary changes in their lives, during times of anxiety, stress and depression, if the right support is in place.
I create work-life balance by taking time to do some of the things I love, like going to galleries, running, following sport, practising yoga, reading, watching films, listening to music and walking in the countryside.
Areas of Interest:
• Key current specialisms include, working with social anxiety; anxiety in the workplace; conflict in the workplace; relationship with food; trauma; attachment; emotional abuse; working with students in higher education struggling with the academic process.
Theoretical areas of interest include:
• Mutuality/partnership working; working at relational depth with clients; client autonomy; client empowerment; identity; diversity.
• I have a genuine interest in working with difference and diversity, and also actively enjoy working with people from other cultures. [Please note that, regretfully, at present I am unable to provide wheelchair access.]
• I have completed research, drawing on/including the following themes:
• Working mutually to support clients to manage anxiety.
• How clients’ experiences of attachment relationships might impact on the experience of psychological contact in the therapy room.
Other practice based experience:
• Alongside working in my private practice, I continue to work at Nottingham Trent University as a student counsellor, where I have worked since 2016.
• Previously, I worked for three years as a counsellor at Nottingham Women's Centre.
• Being employed as a social worker for 13 years meant that I employed a number of different therapeutic modalities to work in partnership with adults, children, young people and families. They included, Person-Centred Therapy; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Psychodynamic Theory/Therapy; Systemic Therapy; Solution Focused Brief Therapy; Crisis Intervention; Task Focused methods; Attachment Theory and several others.
Fees: Sessions £50 for individuals; £55 for couples; students; psychotherapy/counselling trainees £40. Sessions last for 60 minutes.