I offer Counselling to Adults, Young People and Couples, as well as Internet-based Counseling via Zoom (please click on the links below for more information).
In a safe space, I allow you to talk openly about your issues, without judgment. It is important for trust to develop in the counselling relationship, so that you can feel validated, allowing change and freedom to take place. I aim to listen, to be authentic and honest, trying to understand the problem from your perspective.
As an Integrative Counsellor, I often use creative interventions and draw on various models and approaches, to help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
When working with couples, I use a Relational approach.
Young Person Counselling
Young people face many challenges today, which can affect their mental health. This can include fear of failure, body dysmorphia, romantic relationships, family issues, peer pressure and trauma. Research suggests that many young people have experienced suicidal feelings and have self-harmed due to high levels of stress.
I offer one-hour sessions to young people in a safe and confidential space (ages 12+), giving them a chance to talk about difficult issues and struggles they are dealing with. I often draw on creative and play methods to create a relaxed environment, to help build trust and explore their thoughts and feelings.
As a counsellor, my first responsibility is to my client and sessions between us remain confidential. However, there are limits to confidentiality, and if I have concerns regarding the serious risk of harm either to themselves or to others, this will be openly discussed with the client. If parents/caregivers or other agencies need to be contacted regarding the safety of the client, I would endeavor to get the client’s permission first, but this is not always possible or required.
During the Covid pandemic, online counselling became a popular way of ‘doing’ therapy, giving clients the ability to still meet with their counsellor in a safe and confidential space. Online counselling continues to help clients from all walks of life and from around the world. For some, it saves on travel time, is more cost effective and can help clients feel safe and supported in their own homes.
I often work with clients online, using a secure video link (Zoom), as face-to-face counselling may not be the right approach or convenient for some clients. Please contact me if you would prefer to receive therapy online. Do also consider these guidelines below before we meet.
- Ensure you have a safe and confidential space to talk freely, away from interruptions from family and pets.
- Do make sure you have a good internet connection.
- Set the camera (screen) at eye level and set your volume so you can hear clearly what is being said.
- Have a plan in place if someone comes to the door (i.e. postman, deliveries, friends).
- Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing.
- Have a glass of water and tea/coffee to hand.
- Have your phone to hand if I need to contact you if we lose an internet connection. However, during the session, I ask that your phone is on ‘silent’ to avoid being disturbed.
“You are so easy to talk too and you are a good listener. My anxiety is now less and I feel in a better place.”
“I feel like a huge weight of guilt has lifted off from me.”