If you are looking to find someone to talk to and be able to discuss
something that maybe worrying you, you feel anxious about or you maybe distressed about and feel that talking to someone in confidence can help you.
I can provide you with a confidential space to talk about those things that you may not have been able to talk about with others around you. I am based in Puriton in Somerset and provide counselling for anyone that would like to discuss their problems or issues they may be facing at the moment.
Below there are some videos I have made discussing some of the most frequent questions asked.
Deciding on a Counsellor: It can be hard to make that decision on which counsellor is right for you and that decision can not be made lightly because you need to make sure that person that you are about to share your truly personal life is someone you can definitely work with. To ensure you can make the right decision I can provide 30 minutes on the phone to have a discussion about what I can do for you. Please read through what I can provide below to see the sorts of things you can bring to me to talk about.
Style of Counselling: I am a person centred counsellor using an integrative framework, which means that I provide the space for you to be able to be yourself and explore what you would like to in a confidential and safe setting. I feel being integrative in my approach provides you with the space that is also adaptable to ensure I am able to provide you with what you want to be able to grow or discuss something that has affected you. My passion in life is to help others using my skills and abilities to give to those that want to change or help with change that has happened in their life to assist them in that change but ensuring that it is you that is empowered to do this.
I am a qualified Counsellor to Diploma Level 5, accredited with National Counselling Society and have been working supporting and counselling people in the charity sector and in private practice for a number of years.
My varied Experience: I have a varied and experienced career in emotional support for people in different circumstances through mental health services, charities and private practice. Having worked for Mind in Taunton & West Somerset, Marie Curie in their emotional support service and St Margaret's Hospice counselling relatives in bereavement. I currently work for a charity that supports families at Coroners' Court emotionally when their loved ones may have died in traumatic circumstances. I have also gained experience supporting carers at Carer's Trust Phoenix in Weston-Super-Mare and also supporting young people in a school environment in Somerset. My career has also involved working with and support young people on the autistic spectrum. My focus has been on building my knowledge around mental health and supporting people by staying up to date with latest ways of supporting people in their life when it can feel like we don't understand what is going on for us.
What I can work with: Throughout my career I have worked with men, women and young people for a range of different reasons that they wanted to come to talk about. I work with people and treat people as individuals and would work with you in a compassionate and caring way to allow you to resolve what is going on for you. I believe you have the key for the solution you just need someone to walk by your side to hear what is going on and for you to share your stuff safely. People look after their physical health by going to the gym or exercising so they can improve their physical fitness for their goals in life and I believe if we look after our mental health and wellbeing by going to talk to someone and processing it we can also improve and support ourselves to a healthier way of being which can make life more what we want it to be, also making us more resilient in future.
Counselling for Men: I find that different people come to see me on the whole but men do approach me and feel I can relate to them with what is going on with them. Including an extensive background and knowledge in mental health I have a background around careers in catering and also working for construction companies. This gives me a perspective of how it may be working in an environment that has pressures in different ways to other industries. It maybe hard to think that some people don't get the way of being in an industry and may not understand you.
Mental Health concerns/Diagnosis: I have an experienced career in working in the mental health field supporting and understanding what it might be like for people that have different mental health conditions diagnosed or undiagnosed. I feel providing some compassion around what people are going through and allowing them to discuss what is going on for them allows them to find a way to copy and reduce their sumptoms of the mental health conditions they may have.
Stressful Life: Life can feel like a challenge with everyday or extraordinary circumstances that may affect you, life may become stressful and in some cases overwhelming that we can't cope with those things that others are able to cope with. This maybe due to a job, no job, life circumstances and we can talk about those things and try to come to some sort of resolution.
Work related: You maybe looking for counselling to help with work related issues and I can provide the space for you to talk about whatever might be going on for you regarding work. This may include stress around work, feeling too unwell to go back to work, redundancy or threat of redundancy, bullying at work, trying to find work or lack of work. We can talk about this to help you get to a place to overcome whatever might be troubling you.
Bereavement & Loss: I have experience counselling people around bereavement and loss. This can be for a number of reasons through loss of a loved one or relationship breakups and losing friendships. Maybe you are finding it hard to come to terms with what has happened and you need some space to talk about your process around the situation. Having a place to talk in confidence with me can help you through the feelings you might be facing in this situation.
Suicide: I am able to provide counselling around suicidal thoughts and feelings as well as processing about a loved one that may have died by suicide.
Trauma: Trauma comes in so many forms and it can be really difficult to be able to talk about this with someone else. I begin with building the trust and the space for you to be able to feel comfortable sharing what you would like to talk about with no pressure and to go at the speed that you would like to go at. I have had training around working with people that have been traumatised and have ongoing training around trauma as well as having worked within organisations that supported people that have gone through different types of trauma. I have worked with people from all different backgrounds around their traumas they have experienced and help them get to a better place for them around what has happened in their life, providing them with a better future around it. I also work in a charity that supports people through Coroners' court after loved ones may have died in traumatic circumstances and providing emotional support around what they have gone through.
Sexuality & Orientation: Other areas that people may find comfortable in approaching to talk to me about is their sexuality or maybe confusion with who they are right now or in the past. People feel they are able to talk about those subjects that they feel they can't talk to others or another professional about regarding their orientation or their curiosities which might be affecting their way of being. This may include feelings of being gay, bisexual or identifying in other ways in terms of someone’s orientation or gender. This can be a really hard subject to approach when you haven't spoken about it to anyone else but if you have the trust in a counselling relationship you may find talking about it in confidence can be that first step of processing what is going on for you.
Terminal Illness or long term conditions: I have worked supporting people with a terminal illness, those caring for people who have a terminal illness and supporting those family and friends after someone has died from a terminal/life limiting illness. You may be finding it hard to deal with the news of a family member, friend or yourself having a condition of this nature. The loss of someone close to you can be extremely hard to cope with but when it is right to talk to someone you may find it helps you talk about how it was and how it is now.
Adolescents and Autism: I have background in working with the adolescents. I have provided counselling for young people for a few years regarding a range of subjects and reasons that they might need counselling. I have also worked with young people that have an Autistic Spectrum Condition. I have worked supporting young people with this condition and have training around the Autistic Spectrum so have some understanding of how it can be for people that are diagnosed or are close to someone who is on the spectrum.
Physical Symptoms: I believe that our physical symptoms can also be something that affects us in life and talking around this subject and what the physical symptoms do to us can be a part of the work we talk about. It is sometimes hard for others to accept we are feeling those symptoms and what they may represent, but having someone listen about what is going on for you can help. The physical symptoms can stop us from doing the things we used to be able to do and this can make life hard to carry out day to day tasks. Talking to someone about this and looking at what these physical symptoms do or feel like can help us manage them better sometimes.
Self-Development, Personal Growth: Through counselling you can improve parts of ourselves by talking about the issues you might have, the way that you are around others or the things holding you back in something you are trying to do. This can include so many different aspects of our lives for instance love, relationships, friendships, work/career, sport/physically etc. By talking about the things you want to improve in a confidential space you can find a way of working around or processing why you might be feeling or behaving the way you do and provide you the space to work out how you may want to change this.
Counselling can then get you through that block or over the hurdle that has been holding you back without you knowing what it truly was until you had the counselling.
Mindfulness: Mindfulness is an amazing source of helping reduce a lot of different sypmtoms when thinking about mental health. There has been a lot of research and theory that Mindfulness can help with a range of problems people come across. I can help provide you techniques on mindfulness to support you alongside the counselling and help you deal with what you might be experiencing
Other areas of training I have carried out include:
- Mental health
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Suicide Prevention Skills
- Therapy for men
- Obsessional Compulsive Disorder – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Counselling Children and Young People
- Cutting edge Connections between Spirituality & Psychotherapy
- Vicarious Trauma
- Mindfulness Therapy
- Working with people who Self-injure
I provide counselling for an hour per week at £40 per session.
I tend to encourage a chat on the phone before we meet to discuss what you are looking for.
There are reduced fees for students and some limited concessionary rates for unwaged, which are for individuals only and not for organisations.
I can also provide telephone counselling or online counselling within the UK, please ask for details.
(Concessionary rates are available)
If you have been affected by redundancy due to the current economic climate then please get in touch as we can discuss a concessionary rate for yourself.