The focus of my work is to enable you to have the best life you can. It is important to me to offer you a safe space where I can support you to express yourself, even if you do not know how to begin to speak about your experiences and particularly if you are new to counselling. How I actually work with you will be unique. I aim to ensure that I gain the fullest understanding of you and of what concerns you. For some people, this will take them through an emotional journey towards appreciating who they already are, and for others, this will involve my being alongside them as they explore and undertake very important change.
There are times when we all experience anxiety and emotional distress, feeling anxious and unhappy in everyday life. Counselling and working together through times of difficulty, can help you to see things more clearly, possibly from a different view-point. This can enable you to focus on your feelings and your life at present with a goal to facilitating positive changes in your life.
My overall aim is to strengthen your own ability to identify and implement solutions so that you no longer need me and feel empowered to develop and manage your life in a way that is positive for you.
My service at Leicestershire Counselling offers therapeutic counselling to children, young people and adults working with individuals on a one-to-one basis. Short and long term counselling in the Leicester, Loughborough and Leicestershire area.
Leicestershire Counselling are contracted and working in schools & colleges, to provide on-site counselling to young people. We work in nursing, residential and care homes. We also offer home visits for disabled people and whose who struggle with mobility. We cover Employee counselling for work or personal issues, to assist the rehabilitation of those absent from work.
I offer counselling sessions through private / company AXA Medical Health Insurance registration No. available on request.
For further information please visit www.leicestershirecounselling.co.uk
Disabled Parking & Facilities.
Home visits available to clients who are unable to travel due to illness / disability.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have gained a wide range if experiences working in mental health, safeguarding, illness, disability and education with children, adolescents and adults.
I began working as a volunteer counsellor for Mosaic on Placement in 2007. I now manage and facilitate Group Counselling Supervision to 12 Counsellors. I have gained extensive experience working with illness, loss and disability.
I have also managed the Counselling Service and Supervision for LCIL (Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living) for a period of 2 years.
I have worked for 8 years as a school and college counsellor working with young people from age 7 - 21 years. I currently work part time as a primary school counsellor in 2 schools in Leicester working with an age range from 6 to 11 years old. I have a vast experience working with self harm, self esteem, bullying, relationships and sexuality, working with every aspect of being a young person in this day and age and the problems with social media that arise.
I manage the Counselling Service at The Leicester LGBT Centre and facilitate group and individual Supervison for the Centre. I have experience of counselling LGBT Clients working through questions of gender, sexuality and identity.
I currently hold contracts within the education and NHS sector.
I set up my private practice Leicestershire Counselling in 2009 I work with:
Anxiety & Depression which are often combined, fortunately treating depression also helps ease symptoms of anxiety. Depression and anxiety can also cause physical symptoms, professional counselling can make dealing with anxiety easier. Learning ways to deal with attacks & take control of your life.
Chronic illness and disability now affect more people than ever before. Counselling can also be a means of coping with physical & emotional symptoms of loss and pain. Caring for someone with a physical disability or illness can be a very challenging responsibility & emotional draining.
Abuse can happen to anyone. It involves more than physical violence, abuse can be emotional and sexual. Abuse has a devastating impact. It can create a wide ranging and long lasting physical, emotional and psychological scars. Counselling helps to rebuild your life.
Relationships issues such as marriage problems, affairs, separation and abuse can leave you feeling angry, sad, insecure.
Bereavement there’s no right or wrong way to grieve and there’s no telling how long it may take. There are different types of bereavement and loss, with different effects. Counselling helps in working through your grief and coming to terms with your loss.
Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling, Addictions Although substances and addictions can feel good at first, they can ultimately do a lot of harm to the body and brain. The most widely used drug in the world is alcohol which acts as a depressant that alters perceptions, emotions, and senses.
Anger is a secondary emotion that is hugely misunderstood. It is a signal and a reaction when we think and believe we are being treated unfairly. Feelings of hurt, betrayal, guilt and upset.
LGBT Counselling it can be difficult to find counsellor with some understanding of the issues and how daunting the prospect of taking the first steps can be. I offer counselling that provides a confidential, non-judgmental and friendly space in which in which you can feel safe and secure when discussing your feelings of sexuality, identity and experiences of discrimination or rejection.
Cert. Safeguarding in Education1340175380 Expires 03/2019
Play Therapy Level 3
Dip. Counselling Children & Adolescents
Dip. Support Work in Schools
Dip. Supervision Studies
Health & Safety Level 2
Dip. Anger Management
Dip. Person Centred Counselling
Cert. Counselling Skills
Advanced Dip. Diet and Nutrition
The Award in Education and Training
Sexual Abuse and Grooming
Talking to Children about Emotional Resilience and Self Harm
Treating Intrusive Thoughts and The Inner Critical Voice
Recruiting and Managing Volunteers
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Understanding The Social Model of Disability
Helping Children Affected by Domestic Violence
Attachment and Mental Health Children and Young People
Depression in Children and Young People
Impact of Childhood Traumatic Stress
Domestic Violence Awareness
Working with Young Drug and Alcohol Users
Understanding Domestic Abuse and the Impact on Children
Food and Self Control
Basic CBT Principles working with Children and Adolescents
Child Mental Health
Supporting Children's Self Esteem
Nurturing Family Bonds
Safer Sex Awareness
Common Assessment Framework Lead Professional Training
Risk Taking Behaviour and Adolescent Brain Development
Female Sexual Abuse
Code of Ethics
As a Registered and Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I abide by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I am a Registered and Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society.
I am an associate member of PTUK - Play Therapy UK
I hold an enhanced DBS and I am also registered with the Information Commissioners Office ico.org.uk/register (Data Protection)
I am a member of the Registered Counsellors British Isles
I currently work with trainee counsellors offering clinical supervision who are studying with Leicester University, The Sherwood Institute, Matrix College of Counselling & Psychotherapy, University of Chester & South Leicestershire College.