About counselling and psychotherapy
Both counselling and psychotherapy offer a safe, supportive and non-judgemental place where you can express your feelings and gain deeper insight into the issues you're facing alongside a trained professional.
The boundaries between what constitutes counselling as opposed to psychotherapy are blurred but typically psychotherapy involves intentionally working at greater depth to bring to light and explore unconscious processes that were protective for us as infants/children but which are now holding us back in some way. This is often longer term work.
Sessions are confidential which means you can talk about things you might not feel able to discuss with anyone else.
My aim is to help you find better ways of coping and to make lasting changes that improve your sense of personal wellbeing and help you to achieve more of what you want from life.
Issues I work with regularly
Difficult relationships, parenting, co-dependency, divorce
Problems at work, including stress, career change, bullying, redundancy
Bereavement, loneliness, illness & loss
Anxiety &/or depression
Panic attacks & obsessive/compulsive behaviours
Self-harm & suicidal thoughts
Survivors of abuse
Low self-esteem & difficulty being assertive
Anger & aggression
Identity - racial, gender, sexuality
My training and qualifications
I hold the following qualifications, registrations and accreditations:
BACP Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). Just "click here" to visit BACP
Master of Science in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy awarded by Middlesex University and the Metanoia Institute. This qualification meets the exacting standards required for registration with the UK Council for Psychotherapy.
My re-registration with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is currently pending following a brief sabbatical. Just "click here" to visit UKCP.
Member of the Metanoia Institute one of the UK's premier training establishments for psychotherapy and counselling.
Certified Transactional Analyst certified as competent to practise psychotherapy by European Association for Transactional Analysis
These organisations hold responsibility for maintaining rigorous professional standards that govern the education, training, accreditation and regulation of psychotherapists and counsellors in the UK. I abide by their Codes of Conduct and encourage you to take a look at their websites so that you can learn a bit more about the standards and practices you should expect from any professional counsellor or therapist.
My continuing professional development
It's a very exciting time to be working in the field of psychotherapy with new research and approaches emerging on a regular basis. Advances in neuroscience are helping us to understand how the brain is influenced by its environment and what this means for the therapeutic change. I regularly update my knowledge and skills by attending conferences, workshops and training events.
I have a particular interest in working with the symptoms of trauma and am greatly interested in what neuroscience can teach us about our brains' biological response to a life-threatening situation whether this be
abuse in childhood
repeated exposure to traumatic relationships/events in later life
one-off traumatic events e.g. car accident, assault, robbery
In keeping with ethical requirements and professional best practice, I support myself and my clients by attending supervision regularly.
Where, when and how I work
I currently offer therapy to Adults (over the age of 16) from my practices in central Shrewsbury and Wellington or by prior arrangement via Skype.
Sessions are one-to-one, last for 50 minutes and will normally take place on the same day and at a set time each week.
I offer both short term and long term therapy and in our first session we will spend time talking about your needs and expectations of therapy and how these needs might be best met. As you become more familiar with the process of therapy, we will regularly reflect on how things are going.
My clients tell me that I'm easy to talk to and that they find themselves opening up more easily and faster than they'd perhaps imagined. Evidence points to the fact that the quality of the relationship between you and your therapist is the best single predictor of a positive outcome from therapy. This means relationship based on you feeling heard, understood and accepted for who you are.