"In the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul; with all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.”
― Max Ehrmann
I have a BSc in Humanistic Counselling from Middlesex University and a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling from Metanoia Institute. I am a MBACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their Ethical Guidelines.
My background is in the Arts, with time spent in Music, Television and as an Art and Design Teacher to Primary School children. I enjoy working with people from these backgrounds and often incorporate aspects of the Arts in my work.
My work in these fields enabled me to witness and appreciate people's experiences of themselves. This natural interest in human behaviour and the uniqueness of each of us led me to re-train as a Humanistic therapist.
Therapeutically I help my clients gain understanding of themselves, their relationships and what does and doesn’t work for them. The experience of truly feeling seen and heard can be transformative and lead to a fuller and more choiceful life.
I feel privileged to work with people in this way.
I believe that all people have the inert ability to grow and change and achieve their full potential. For me therapy is about creating the right conditions for each individual to get in touch with that potential.
I create and hold a strong supportive space by offering a compassionate, safe environment to explore clients’ strengths and struggles. Boundaries and structure alongside respect and clarity will help us build a trusting relationship in which clients feel safe to consider all aspect of their life. The focus will be collaborative and I believe the relationship between therapist and client is key.
Therapeutic counselling is unique to each client and I use and am experienced in a variety of techniques incorporating breath, vocal and meditation techniques, life coaching, art, music, guided / embodied imagery, prose, gestalt techniques / chair work as well as the fundamental aspects of building relationship and trust and the simple act of authentic, congruent talking and being listened to and heard absolutely.
Counselling is a collaborative experience. Receiving care and respect can help a client express difficulties and concerns and consider new alternatives. Growth happens by understanding these and leads to a more full-filling life.
Therapy isn’t always a quick fix. Some more specific issues can be addressed in a shorter space of time – six to twelve sessions. Sometimes clients choose to spend longer or to explore broader issues.