Hello and welcome.
We all experience emotional difficulties during our lives. Usually we are able to cope and resolve these ourselves, often with the help of family or friends. When we realise that we are not coping or recovering from these difficulties, or are stuck in destructive patters of behaviour/thinking it may be time to seek counselling to produce change and recovery.
My style is compassionate and engaging as therapy is fundamentally about developing trust to allow changes to be made. We will review our work periodically to make sure that we remain focused on your problems whilst allowing time to fully explore what is causing the unhappiness in your life.
I am an accredited, experienced counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I offer short or long term counselling for young people (16+) and adults and counselling for trainee counsellors at my private practice in a relaxing, discreet room in the Bayside Business Centre, Fleetsbridge, Poole, BH15 3TB.
- Accredited member of the BACP
- Higher diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Level 5
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Person Centred Therapy) Level 4
- I am an accredited counsellor and have been qualified since 2012 and I set in private practice in April 2014. Before this I spent 3 years at Poole Domestic Abuse Project (a BCHA project) counselling survivors of domestic abuse, initially as a student and then I spayed on after I qualified.
- I co-founded a small counselling team in 2016 and have now moved on to consolidate my training in the form of a one year top up degree in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling.
- Introduction to Couples Counselling by Deborah Winterbourne (2018)
- The Dynamics of Power and Control (Sexualised Trauma) by Zoe Lodrick (2017)
- Working with the survivors of Complex Trauma training (2017)
- Stalking training by You First integrated domestic abuse service (2017)
- Mindfulness based stress reduction (2016)
- Abuse within adolescent relationships training (2015)
- Four day art therapy course (2014)
- Certificate in domestic violence/abuse and the MARAC process (2013)
- I attend regular training, seminars and conferences to remain current in my work.
How does counselling work?
My role is to facilitate change by enabling you to talk about your problems in a quiet and relaxing setting, confidentially and without being judged. Your wellbeing is at the centre of my counselling relationship with you. It is all about you. This may be the first time that you have been really listened to and had someone try to understand your problems. Being heard properly can start the recovery process.
Talking about your problems can be a huge relief. Being able to unburden yourself and to understand your problems and then look at what you'd like to be different creates the space to look at solutions and ways to allow change. I won't tell you what to do or give advice but I will help you look at your problems from different perspectives and help you work towards your vision of what you allow you to be happy.
Some reasons to come for counselling
- Domestic violence/abuse
- Low self esteem
- Relationship issues
- Work related stress
Sessions are £45 each and last 50 minutes. An initial consultation is £20 for 50 minutes where we can meet and I will take some general details about you, develop and understanding of your problems and we can decide how we will proceed.
I offer a reduced fee of £30 per session for CPCAB trainee counsellors doing their 40 hours of therapy, with an initial fee of £20 for a 50 minute consultation.