I am a person-centred counsellor offering short-term & open-ended therapy in a safe, confidential setting in Bournemouth. I appreciate that taking the first step to seek counselling can be daunting, and that you need to feel safe and comfortable with your therapist. Perhaps you are unsure about exactly what counselling is? I will work safely with you to explore whatever may be troubling you. I am here to help you with any issues with which you feel you are struggling. Perhaps you have a sense that you â€œjust donâ€™t want to feel this way anymore.â€ We will work together to enable you to develop your self-awareness and find insights and solutions that are unique and empowering for you.
You may be affected by a specific trauma or a general sense of anxiety, anger or depression. Perhaps you are struggling in a relationship, be that with a partner or another family member, or you may wish to build your confidence and self-esteem. My specialisation is bereavement and loss in all its forms, such as difficulties faced following your loss of a job, perhaps your home, or possibly a relationship. You may be struggling with sexual issues such as a sex and pornography addiction, or other addictions such as alcohol, gambling, shopping etc. . Following on from 13 years experience as a secondary school teacher, I have a special affinity for working with young people, and recognise the emotional challenges that can hinder the development of their full potential.
There is no problem that is too small because if it matters to you then it is a valid issue for counselling. I will listen respectfully and compassionately and support you as you develop your self-awareness and find insights and solutions that are unique and empowering for you. Without judging you or offering advice I will seek to support you as you try to make sense of your feelings.
I also am experienced in online counselling, Skype, and telephone counselling, and in this way geography does not have to be a barrier to you accessing therapy.
Our first session is FREE to give you space to decide if you feel comfortable that I am the right counsellor for you. In our first session we will talk through your expectation of counselling, and I will answer any questions you may have, especially if you have not experienced therapy before.
I am a Clinical Supervisor and I practise a Person-Centred approach. Having supervision means that a therapist meets with another counsellor to discuss and review client work, along with their professional and often personal development. This protects clients and adds value to the service offered by improving the ability of therapist through the aid of an objective, supportive individual. A supervisor encourages a counsellor to reflect on their practice and facilitates on-going self â€“development, linking their work to theory, and encouraging continuous learning.
Essential self-monitoring of the supervisees own feelings and thoughts which might arise from client work is explored. All counsellors and psychotherapists, regardless of experience, need supervision, and professional bodies such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy consider it an ethical imperative.
I see supervision as a dynamic working alliance between myself and a counsellor, and a joint exploration of material presented by the supervisee. I practise a Person-Centred approach and facilitate an opportunity for a therapist to reflect on their practise, receive feedback and encouragement, and where appropriate, guidance. In Person-Centred Supervision, the counsellor brings themselves such that the focus is largely on the counsellor as opposed to the client. My object is to enable the counsellor to gain in ethical competence, confidence, compassion and creativity, so as to be able to give the best possible emotional and therapeutic support to their clients. I encourage a constant curiosity so as to avoid complacency and to promote constant growth and self-awareness around emotional responses and how these impact in the therapy room.
I encourage supervisees to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding as counsellors, and to reflect on and evaluate their practise. I believe in providing a therapeutic space that offers a non-judgemental environment as it affords an opportunity to address thoughts and feelings that arise from client work. In line with this I assist in monitoring standards and ethics of practise, adhering to the BACP Ethical framework. I recognise that each party has unique and valuable knowledge and experience and that we can learn from each other.
While the focus may be on the supervisee, there is a responsibility to the client, and as such I consider it a three way liaison of counsellor, supervisor and client, comprising:
- Support and encouragement
- Teaching and integrating theoretical knowledge and practise
- Assessment in the maintenance of standards
- Transmission of professional values and ethics
Stewart, W., 1997. An A-Z of Counselling Theory and Practice.
Supervision is an essential element of counselling practice and the BACP recommendation is one and a half hours every month, with additional supervision should client load be heavy or if a specific issue arises requiring consultation.
QUALIFICATIONS: MA Counselling (University of Nottingham); Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (EMTC); Diploma in Clinical Supervision (Counselling Xtra); Bachelor of Arts (University of Cape Town); Diploma in Higher Education (University of Cape Town)
I am an Accredited Member of the BACP (MBACP) and abide by their Code of Ethics and Practise.
FEES: Individual Therapy: Â£50 per 50 min session Couples/Relationship Therapy: Â£70 per hour Clinical Supervision: Â£50 per hour