I am a counsellor working with individuals, couples and groups on a variety of issues including:
Low Self-esteem and Self-confidence
Loss and Bereavement
Relationship and Family Issues
Work Related Issues
Life Stage Issues such as Mid Life Crisis and Aging
I believe that counselling can help you make a positive change in your life or support you through a particularly stressful or emotional time. Many of us experience moments when our problems feel overwhelming, when what we need most is to talk to someone confidentially, someone who will not judge us, who will listen, someone objective yet warm, empathic and accepting.
You may want a safe place to explore an issue that has been troubling you for years, a specific problem which is on-going or has happened recently (such as a divorce or bereavement), or indeed worries about the future. Perhaps you have a desire to change – sometimes you may not even know exactly what it is that you want to change, but you have a sense that you want more confidence or happiness or fulfilment.
Counselling can help with all of these issues and it can help you find clarity, peace of mind and understanding.
The humanistic approach to therapy that I use means that I believe that you are the expert in yourself, and our work together is designed to help you uncover your own answers. We are all unique and consequently, I approach each client afresh, drawing on Person Centred Counselling, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis in my work.
My interest in counselling, personal development and therapy started over 20 years ago and I initially trained in body therapies such as holistic massage and continue to be interested in the connection between mind and body.
I studied counselling at Wealden College of Counselling and Psychotherapy where I qualified with a Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling and since then, I have qualified to work with couples and groups. I continue to develop professionally and regularly attend trainings in specific areas.
I am a qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher and I am excited about its effects on anxiety, stress, depression and self-esteem. If you are interested in learning mindfulness, I run groups and can also teach it one to one. I can also bring aspects of it into my counselling work. This can be particularly (although not exclusively) helpful for anyone who has already been learning or practicing mindfulness, but would also find counselling beneficial.
I also have a background in performance and enjoy working creatively with those who favour that approach.
As well as working from The Wellington Centre, I have a private practice in Kent and worked for New Romney Counselling Services for many years where I gained a broad experience of working with a variety of issues and age groups.
I am a fully registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I abide by their Ethical Framework and Code of Practice.
Individuals £50 per 50 minutes session (although I offer a sliding scale from £40 depending on your circumstances). Couples from £70 per 60 minute session. Initial session of 50 minutes is £25 for Individuals and £35 for Couples. This gives us a chance to meet and work out if I’m the right counsellor for you.