I am a Registered MBACP (Accred) Independent Counsellor and Psychotherapist who offers Counselling, Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) services in Southampton Hampshire. I also provide Telephone Counselling and secure Online Counselling to clients in the UK and English speakers worldwide.
Seeking professional Counselling or Psychotherapy may seem very daunting and mind-boggling at first especially if you have arrived today after exploring various options without coming to any conclusions, or perhaps you already know about Counselling & Psychotherapy and therefore are seeking a new therapist, whatever your reason is for visiting my profile I would like to welcome you.
Each and every one of us experience difficulties, however different at some point in our lives. Indeed there are times we feel we canâ€™t see the wood for the trees. I provide a warm and empathic space for clients to talk about issues that they may not normally be able to share with others, who may be too close to the situation or biased in some way. I believe clients are the experts on their lives and so, by working with you I will facilitate you on your journey, by not telling you what to do, but helping you towards a deeper understanding of your concerns. When talking therapy is not appropriate I am also able to offer healing through therapeutic tools and creative mediums.
What is Counselling & Psychotherapy?
It is often considered that counselling and psychotherapy are interchangeable therapies that overlap in a number of ways. One key difference is the length of time needed to see the benefits of the treatment. Counselling is usually a shorter treatment which helps clients deal with specific difficulties in the â€˜here and now.â€™ However psychotherapy is a term which may be used to describe a treatment for clients with problems that emanate from the past. It focuses on â€˜longer termâ€™ help and draws on deeper changes in self-awareness and patterns of relating.
Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy:
Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy draws on elements of different perspectives and provides a unique therapy which can be adapted to suit the clientâ€™s needs. By working with you I use the insights and techniques of Humanistic Counselling, Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, this may give you the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of your concerns and work towards a new and happier sense of self. Below is a very brief description of the approaches I use in my practice, you may find these present in our therapy sessions together. These approaches build a strong foundation for our therapeutic relationship to grow in a safe and supporting environment. By using Clarkson\'s Five Relationship Model as a framework I am able to integrate these seemly different approaches.
Humanistic Counselling offers a non-judgemental relationship between the therapist and client; this enables the client to explore what they need and want in the â€˜here and now,â€™ and how they can reach this goal. Gestalt Therapy in particular focuses on the development of the clientâ€™s holistic awareness of themselves, their circumstances and how they live in those circumstances. During this therapy various therapeutic tools and creative mediums maybe used.
Psychodynamic Therapy focuses on unconscious thought processes which manifest themselves in a client\'s behaviour. The approach seeks to increase a client\'s self-awareness and understanding of how the past has influenced present thoughts and behaviours, by exploring their unconscious patterns. Clients are encouraged to explore unresolved issues and conflicts, and to talk about important people and relationships in their life.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy works on exploring how negative thoughts and feelings can affect our behaviour and how different aspects of these can be changed to resolve a particular problem or issue
In addition to the above I also can offer clients Mindfulness and Art Therapy when appropriate for their needs.
My Past Experience:
My Current Practice:
Independent Counsellor & Psychotherapist:
My private practice can be found at: Bitterne Business centre, 110 Bitterne Road West, Southampton. SO18 1AQ. This is 2.2 miles from the Civic Centre in Southampton and 1.4 miles from Bitterne Shopping Precinct. For travelling students my private practice is 2.2 miles from the University of Southampton and 1.8 Miles from the Southampton Solent University. There are good transport links - regular buses are available along Bitterne Road West and the nearest train station is located 0.3 miles away. There is free parking on site, further free parking can be found near the train station. The therapy room is situated on the ground floor which is accessible for wheelchair users. There is also a small reception for waiting.
I welcome individuals, couples and families from all communities (or backgrounds) and embrace \'difference\' whether that be through: age, gender, disability, class, race, ethnicity, faith/non belief, sexual orientation e.t.c.
Training, qualifications & experience:
MBACP (Accredited) Counsellor & Psychotherapist
B.A (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy (Integrative) - University of Southampton
Higher National Diploma in Counselling (Humanistic - Gestalt)
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Certificate in Counselling Skills (Person - Centred)
Certificate in Bereavement Training (Eastleigh Bereavement Service)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Self Harm & Suicide Awareness Training
Drug & Alcohol Awareness Training
Creative Counselling & Therapeutic Tools
Psychopathology & Mental Health.
Many Years Experience In Counselling & Psychotherapy
Areas of counselling I deal with:
Affairs and betrayals
Child related issues
Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
Cross cultural relationships
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Pregnancy and birth
Seasonal affective disorder
Separation and divorce
Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual & Transgender (LGBT)
Inner Child Work
Age Related Issues
Most Types of Addictions
School Counselling. College/University Counselling
Employee Assistance Counselling,
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Solution focused brief therapy
I am available for short term counselling 6-12 weeks, longer term counselling/psychotherapy or one off sessions. Ongoing sessions can be booked weekly, fortnightly, monthly or flexible terms. In addition to this I can offer purely Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) if requested.
Tuesday: 10:00 am - 20.00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 20.00 pm
Thursday: 10.00 am - 12.00 pm