My Philosophy

Counselling can help if you are struggling with stress or overwhelming emotions and want to make changes in your life towards a better future. The life cycle is in constant change and so are we.

We can all suppress our emotions and ‘sweep them under the carpet’ in the hope they will just go away on their own. Annoyingly, without giving them our full attention, those emotions have a habit of becoming larger and less manageable. This is when counselling can be helpful.

We are all on our own individual journeys. We are the only ones who know what path we have already walked and how it feels to be us. By exploring our difficulties that we have or have had in the past we can make sense of our experiences, developing strategies and increasing self-awareness. For some, even the process of telling the story of our lives can feel like a weight has been lifted off us. We are then free to live life more fully in our next chapter.

I offer a safe, caring, compassionate space for you to share your experiences. As an ‘integrative’ counsellor I use talking therapy and can combine different therapeutic approaches to fit you as a person. I have various tools available depending on your own specific needs and preferences; some of these include creative mindful techniques, cognitive behaviour therapy and self esteem interventions. It really does depend on how you would like to work together and what feels right for you. Kindness and openness are at the forefront of how I work. With my strong belief, that only when a person feels heard and valued will they begin to heal.

I have been a Counsellor in schools and private practice for many years. Previous to becoming a Counsellor, I worked as a chef working abroad and at sea. When I returned to England, I worked as a mental health worker in family centres, homeless hostels and then secure residential and educational settings. I feel that I have had many different personal and professional challenges, and have met people from many different walks of life. I value my experiences wholly, which supports the way I work as a Counsellor.

I welcome all people, of all ages, beliefs, values and experiences.