Im a BACP registered counsellor with private practices in both Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge but I also provide affordable counselling referred to me by West Kent Mind and am one of their Associates. I trained in Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Intercultural approaches to therapy but it seems to me that the relationship is key to positive therapy not necessarily the theoretical model used and it should be one of trust, respect and acceptance.
Being a registered member of the BACP means that as well as adhering to their code of ethics, I have a high level of training, supervised experience and ongoing development. This combined with my very broad life and work experience and a diverse client base puts me in a good position to understand your situation whilst offering a compassionate therapeutic safe space for you to explore your feelings.
Trying to find the right therapist might feel confusing but the most important thing is to try and find someone with whom you feel comfortable enough to share your feelings. Take your time, look around and see who seems to say something that resonates with you. Book an initial consultation and no one will be offended if at the end of that session you feel that the counsellor you have chosen is not for you.
We will find a way of working together that suits you and your needs rather than trying to fit you to a modality, after all you are a unique human being with your own way of looking at the world.
Perhaps the past seems too painful to look at and you would like to work in the "here and now" or perhaps someone bearing witness to your past and walking alongside you whilst you unravel what that has meant to your present is just what you need to heal. Whatever you decide I hope to provide a non-judgemental, empathic and compassionate space for you to explore your feelings.
I've experienced being a counselling client myself, working through my own issues with my own personal therapist and therefore know how rewarding and sometimes challenging counselling can be, but coming out of the other side with a new sense of identity and focus can be incredibly empowering and once that personal insight is switched on it remains with us helping us to question and notice much more, allowing us to carry on growing.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling;
I am also Cruse ABC trained.
Post qualifiying I have completed short courses in Anxiety, Anger management, Trauma and CBT. I am committed to continually extending my knowledge.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP
As well as working privately, I work as a volunteer for Mind seeing a diverse range of adult clients with issues such as depression, anxiety, abuse and low self-esteem.
I am an Associate counsellor for West Jent Mind.
I have worked for a Hospice offering Bereavement Counselling and also for Cruse