How we work together is something we agree on our first session. We work to stabilize the crisis situation you may find yourself in. I work in two ways, short-term therapy focused on one specific area or we work longer-term and cover all bases. I will always listen first and foremost and as we progress I will ask more questions to help guide you onto a path you feel works better for you. The choice is yours!
I believe that we all have choices, we can all change, we can all make meaningful connections with others and we are all ok. I work with you not as an expert, but a ‘fellow traveller ‘on your journey to feeling good again. As humanistic therapist, I look at childhood patterns, your life story (told by you, for you) and how all of these affects you in the present. There is no judgement in our sessions, but there will be openness, honesty and confidentiality. Our relationship & connection will reflect how relationships work in the outside world for you.
Therapy sessions with me are warm and empathic, allowing you to be free to express yourself in the way you want to. I use creativity, colour, music, literature, media and laughter to help with exploration of areas that maybe difficult to verbalize. By observation, challenge and joint investigation of meaning we can open new areas of growth, change and choice for you.
Each client brings something new to therapy and I treat everyone as an individual as I know one size does not fit all. I learn from every client’s experiences and I am not a blank screen, I won’t simply repeat back what I hear, if something you say affects me, and it’s appropriate I will share my emotions with you, perhaps part of my journey if and when it’s helpful.
Who I work with
I work with adults, teenagers and children (9+) in a similar way and I work closely with other agencies if needed and am a fully trained & DBS checked Safeguarding designate.
I also provide counselling for insurance companies and EAPs.
My working pattern is; Monday Evening, Tuesday Evenings, Thursday Evenings, Friday Daytime & evening & Saturday Daytime.
What to expect
You can contact me for a free 15-minute consultation session by telephone and to we can talk about what you want to achieve and how you feel about counselling. There will be no pressure, but just an open and non-judgmental conversation where I will be completely honest with you and if I feel I can’t help you I will let you know and help you find someone who can.
In our first session, we will discuss confidentiality and agree our boundaries. Then we will start to talk about issues at your pace and get to know each other and building trust. But if you have an overwhelming urge to let out your feelings in that first session we will go with that.
I run sessions from a quiet peaceful location in Gedling that is close to all public transport routes and a 15-minute drive from Nottingham city centre.
I work with many issues, here are just a few,
- Depression including post-natal depression & seasonal effective disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Panic attacks
- Sexual, physical and emotional abuse
- Family issues
Child related issues including depression and anxiety in children.