I am an effective, warm and professional counsellor and psychotherapist practising in central Reading, RG1 and Wallingford, OX10.
I offer one-to-one therapy sessions for adults (short- and long-term).
I am an experienced, registered and fully accredited member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and have been in practice since 2009. My professional qualifications include a five-year post graduate diploma training in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Life presents us with many challenges. Unexpected events, illness, change and transition are some of the more obvious and universally accepted ones.
Sometimes, what we experience is less straightforward. We may feel confused and threatened by the onset of anxiety, depression or some physical symptoms. We try to find a reason why we keep feeling misunderstood, isolated and frustrated. We wonder, is this really as good as it gets?
You might be looking at my profile because you are searching for professional support in dealing with your distress. You may have reached crisis point, or be concerned you may do so soon if nothing changes.
Your reasons for contacting me will be as individual as you are. I work with a wide range of difficulties and my clients are from diverse backgrounds and of varying ages. My counsellor roles have been within community, charity and NHS settings as well as in private practice. In addition to running one-to-one and group sessions, I assess clients who approach counselling services for the first time and run workshops.
In my years of psychotherapy practice, I have come to believe the following:
Difficulties, however painful and deserving of acknowledgment and compassion, can be understood as pointers towards an area that
needs our attention in order for us to be able to grow and thrive again.
Throughout our work together I'll treat you with respect, compassion and integrity. I'll provide a safe, nonjudgemental space to hold any experience you bring into the session.
Your counselling process will be as unique as the person you are, and there will always be space to reflect together on how the counselling is going and what you need. You and your needs is what matters most, and it is essential you feel comfortable.
All counselling and psychotherapy sessions including the initial consultation are confidential, and I work within the UKCP professional Code of Ethics.
Your First Steps Towards Positive Change
If you would like to make an appointment or find out more about what I offer, please contact me. We'll then speak on the phone and book an appointment to meet for an initial consultation.
During this 50-minute meeting we'll talk about what brings you to counselling, assess your needs together and address any questions you might have.
Following the initial meeting you can opt to come for a set number of sessions initially, to allow yourself an introduction to the process of counselling. You might then decide to continue the therapy on an ongoing basis. Session take place weekly unless otherwise agreed.
How I Can Help You
I'll support you in overcoming your problems and help you understand the meaning and purpose of your issues. You will gain more insight about what you want in life and in relationships, and we can then work together on finding more helpful and effective ways to approach these.
Engaging in the process of therapy will help you make lasting positive changes. You can build a more fulfilling life and keep developing towards your full potential.
Areas I Work With:
Creativity and self-expression
Feelings of emptiness
Change and transition such as career change, parenthood, retirement, separation
Feelings of meaninglessness
Separation and divorce
Physical health issues and chronic pain
Procrastination and difficulties in decision making
Loss and bereavement, both recent and past
How I Work
My approach to psychotherapy is holistic.
I believe our experiences shape us from early on and continuously throughout life. As our beliefs and patterns of thinking and behaviour get established, they not only influence how our life unfolds but manifest in all aspects of our being - mind, body and soul. I invite my clients to engage their behaviour, conscious and unconscious mind and body in the therapy as appropriate.
The integrative counselling and psychotherapy modality I trained in allows me to meet your individual needs using a range of therapy approaches: person-centred and humanistic therapy and Gestalt, existential therapies, psychodynamic therapy, family and systemic therapy, transactional analysis (TA), cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and transpersonal psychotherapy. I also use play therapy, creative imagination and dreamwork.
Reading, Berkshire RG1
I practise at the Therapy Centre in central Reading. The address is 6B Church Street (off London Street), Reading, West Berkshire RG1 2SB.
Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10
Sessions take place at a comfortable central location in Wallingford, with parking and amenities nearby.
Wallingford is a picturesque market town conveniently located within a short drive from both Didcot and Henley-upon-Thames, and a 30-minute drive from Oxford.