I am a qualified Gestalt Psychotherapist and Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. I work with clients who bring a wide variety of issues, such as anxiety, depression, abuse, trauma, stress, self-harm, ‘personality disorder diagnosis,’ relationship difficulties and problems around self, such as identity, esteem, and sexuality.
I work holistically which means that we will work at your pace, beginning with where you are now and exploring together what brings you to counselling. Through our dialogue we can find out more about how you relate to your world and how you feel within it, what is supporting you and where you might have become stuck. It is through this process of discovering yourself that you will inevitably identify some changes you wish to make. Together, we can work on the ‘how’ and what support you might need along the way. In Gestalt, we also pay attention to the body. After all, this is where and how we feel our feelings unlike in our head which is what society often has us believe. Becoming more body-aware can be a scary process, especially when we have- often subconsciously-suppressed our feelings and sensations because they felt too overwhelming or were perhaps inconvenient. We will approach this work slowly and carefully so that, ultimately, you will not only get to know yourself more intimately but will also be much better placed to enjoy a richer and more fulfilled life.
I believe that, for counselling to be successful, the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is key. I endeavour to meet you with warmth, integrity and respect so that, in your time, you will eventually feel safe enough to trust me. It is only when we allow our vulnerability to be seen by another, that we begin to heal our wounds.
I have worked in a variety of therapeutic settings and offer an inclusive practice. I have worked with and welcome clients who bring difference- be it a different cultural background, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, identity, physical ability or age.
I am registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and abide by their Code of Ethics.