I begin my work with each person from a Trauma Theory perspective, meaning that instead of thinking "What's WRONG with you?", we work together to discover how "What HAPPENED to you?", is still affecting your life today. A great deal of my work is to help people process the painful and often demoralising effects of trauma, but I also consider it crucial to nurture a client's potential for new possibilities of healing through post-traumatic growth. In fact, learning respectful ways to plant seeds of hope and resilience can make all the difference. In this way, our work together will not only grieve and mourn what was lost or never there but will also celebrate survival, imperfection and the wisdom of learning through experience, failures and mistakes. We will acknowledge together the tangible markers of post-traumatic growth, such as new ways of relating to others, the rediscovery of personal strengths, and a new found appreciation for life in general. Research has found the relationship built between therapist and client to be the most effective agent of change. My own experience has proved this to be true and I would describe my style as that of a Relational Integrative Psychotherapist, belonging to The Relational School. I am committed to continual professional development in order to offer a fresh and informed therapeutic experience to my clients. I have qualified in using EMDR as part of my approach and I find this to be a very helpful way of working within the context of an ongoing therapeutic relationship.
If you’ve arrived here, you're most likely contemplating some kind of change. You might feel that you can’t carry on as you are, or you may be curious to find out more about yourself. I hope I can help you with either. I am a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor working in the countryside near Braintree & Chelmsford in Essex.
I am committed to offering my clients a confidential, supportive and non-judgemental environment in which to work through whatever is challenging them. Over the years I have experienced how counselling and psychotherapy can help deliver real life changes. I feel strongly that therapy is not only for those with serious mental health problems, but is also an effective and helpful way to maximise personal potential, and to develop and maintain a healthy emotional life in an increasingly stressful world of personal and professional pressures. I offer short term psychotherapy, which can be 6 to 12 sessions and I also offer open ended psychotherapy, exploring the underlying issues behind present concerns at greater depth.
I can hope that I can offer you:
- Opportunities to make sense of life's difficulties in a confidential, secure and non-judgemental space.
- New understanding of the parts played in significant relationships.
- A growing sense of acceptance and trust of yourself.
- Improved confidence in making informed decisions for yourself.
- Discovering meaning in distressing events in the past that enable life to be lived more fully in the present.
- Uncovering lost or forgotten aspects that foster resilience and can enrich quality of life.