About Me

I am a fully qualified person-centered and experiential psychotherapist, educated to MA level.
I have experience working with a range of issues including abandonment, addiction, anxiety, bereavement, depression, complex trauma, PTSD, relationship problems, and victims/perpetrators of abuse.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP) and therefore abide by their ethical code of practice.

My Approach

As a person-centred psychotherapist I believe that our deepest yearnings are to grow and to form nurturing relationships. However, life is hard, and these natural tendencies can become compromised or inhibited through difficult experiences. We can even lose sight of them altogether and arrive at a profound sense of estrangement from ourselves. When this happens life can feel at its most difficult. Nonetheless we often try to keep going, somehow managing to meet all the external demands placed upon us, all the while feeling worse. The confidence that we need to stop, set boundaries, and make necessary changes in our lives eludes us. This way of 'coping' with life is understandable but seldom effective.

 

All human life takes place in the context of relationships. Thus, as we can lose ourselves through problematic or even toxic relationships, so we can find ourselves again through more accepting and nurturing ones. It has been my experience that the therapeutic relationship can facilitate lasting change and growth. It does so by offering a client certain conditions - empathy, acceptance, and genuineness. Person-centred practitioners regard these conditions as essential to therapy, as it is through them that the client begins to feel safe enough to explore difficult thoughts, feelings and memories that may hitherto have been denied or suppressed.

 

As things currently stand in the UK and elsewhere, clients seeking help from a GP or Psychiatrist for mental health difficulties are likely to be diagnosed with a psychological disorder. I have worked with clients with an array of clinical diagnoses, including Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Such terms mean different things to different clients. It is my own view that these labels denote highly complex and practiced ways of relating to the self and others - ways of being that are always, on some level, rooted in the perceived need to defend or protect the self. Thus, when I embark on a relationship with a client, I try to encounter the person, rather than any diagnoses they may have acquired.

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Qualifications

  • MA (Distinction) in Person-Centred & Experiential Counselling & Psychotherapy - University of Nottingham

  • BA (1st Class Honours) in Counselling & Philosophy - Newman University

  • Grad. Cert. in Integrative Counselling - Newman University

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