Mine is a holistic approach to counselling which focuses on the person as a whole – mind, body and spirit. I work with you the person, recognising your individual needs. My role as counsellor is to be present with you and support you through whatever difficulties you are experiencing be that depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, bereavement/loss, relationship/family issues. I can help you to address any issues that are affecting your overall well-being in a confidential, safe, supportive and non-judgemental way. Together we will uncover your own inner resources, wisdom and strength, which will help you to find the answers you seek, gaining clarity and personal insight.
I can work with you on an open ended basis or for an agreed period of time. As an integrative counsellor with person-centred values at the core of my work I am flexible and creative in my approach, drawing on a wide spectrum of therapeutic knowledge to best suit your own individual needs. These include creative arts, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Jungian psychology, person-centred, psychodynamic and sandtray therapy. I may introduce you where helpful and appropriate to therapeutic methods such as relaxation techniques, guided visualisation, meditation and mindfulness.
I am trained to work somatically with P.T.S.D and trauma.
I work with children, adolescents and adults.
BA(Hons) in Counselling (University of Greenwich)
FdSc (Integrative Counselling) (University of Greenwich)
Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children
Primary Certificate in CBT
Somatic Trauma and PTSD Training
Current Enhanced DBS Certificate
I have over ten years’ experience and training in working with young people and children as both a mentor / youth worker and play therapist. As well as helping adults with a multitude of different issues, including anxiety, bereavement and loss, childhood trauma and abuse, depression, divorce, dissociation, emotion regulation, life crises and major change, OCD, post traumatic stress, retirement and work related issues, self harm, stress and unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving.
I have recent training in child protection, safeguarding and self harm, cognitive behaviour therapy, somatic trauma and post traumatic stress therapy, perinatal mental health, therapeutic writing, creative arts in therapy, child abuse and dissociation, child centred play therapy, spiritual psychology, mindfulness and Jungian sand tray therapy.
“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness means practicing a moment by moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environment. It is a tool that supports stress reduction and increased wellbeing.
NICE (the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) recommends Mindfulness as a front line treatment for certain conditions. Mindfulness is being taught with great effect in schools, prison and even the UK Houses of Parliament. It has been adopted by a number of global companies, including Google and Apple
Many of my clients have benefited from using these techniques to help switch off, improve sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, manage overwhelming emotion and calm a racing or chattering mind. I wanted to share these techniques and practices with groups so I am offering one day introductions to mindfulness on selected Sundays throughout the year at Pilates Body Studio, Bexley (www.pilatesbodystudio.co.uk). See Recent Posts for details.