I’m a qualified person-centred counsellor and Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Being a Person-centred counsellor means that I put you as a unique individual at the heart of my work. I respect your individuality and your innate capacity for growth and treat you as the expert in your own experiences.
My background has been in the voluntary, education, charity, and private sectors before qualifying as a counsellor.
I work with adults and young people to create a safe therapeutic environment where you can explore your thoughts and feelings without fear of judgement. I won’t tell you what to do or how to live your life but rather help you to navigate life’s challenges to feel more empowered and less alone.
Making the decision to go to counselling takes courage and is the first step in a journey that we take together towards greater mental wellbeing. Whilst counselling can be challenging at times, and you may be nervous about sharing your experiences, most people find that it is worth the risk. As a trauma informed practitioner, I work to your pace and will never push you to share more than you are ready to.
As well as my private work I also work as a trauma informed counsellor for RSVP (Rape and Sexual Violence Project) in Birmingham and undergo regular continuous professional development training.
Counselling Individuals (Adults)
I believe strongly in the importance of the counselling relationship and valuing each person as an individual who is capable of their own growth and change.
As Carl Rogers puts it: “Growth occurs when individuals confront problems, struggle to master them, and through that struggle develop new aspects of their skills, capacities and views about life.”
Whilst I am person centred at my core, I use a variety of counselling approaches with adults depending on your individual needs which we will identify together. This might include some psychoeducation, grounding and body healing work, creative techniques, or just pure talking therapy. Although there is never an expectation for you to embrace any techniques that might be offered. I work towards helping you identify your strengths and feel more in control of your experiences, thoughts, and feelings, through understanding, curiosity, and compassion.
I work face to face and online with adults.
Counselling Individuals (CYP)
I hold a CPCAB approved post qualification Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People and work in schools, privately and at a centre for sexual trauma in Birmingham.
I have experience of working with children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse as well as other forms of abuse, who are at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation and may be self-harming or having suicidal thoughts. I also work with other common mental health problems in children and young people such as stress and anxiety, depression, peer pressure, low self-esteem, and relationships.
I have experience working with children and young people who are on the Autism spectrum whether they have a formal diagnosis or not and those who are selective mute.
For a lot of children and teenagers having the space to explore thoughts and feelings without judgement can be a very unfamiliar experience and I use a variety of techniques to help them communicate. This might include art therapy, storytelling, sand play, crafts, and soft toys. Or with older teenagers, if they prefer, I may just use talking therapy in a similar way to adult work or a combination of creative and talking therapy. I also use stabilisation techniques and grounding if the child or young person wishes to.
I work face to face and online with young people (13+ for online).
Clients I work with
Individuals, adults and young people from 10 years. Long term and short term work.
How I deliver therapy
Via Video Technology and In-Person
Humanistic, Person-Centred, Trauma Informed , Young Person, Creative
What I can help with
I have experience working with such issues as:
I am Registered member of the BACP and work to their ethical framework. I also undertake regular clinical supervision, peer supervisions and attend reflective circles. I hold an enhanced DBS certificate on the update service for working with adults and children and young people.