Hi, I am an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. This means that I have training in more than one approach to counselling and combine these in my work, although I am predominantly psychodynamic in my thinking and work in a person-centred way. However, I think it is important to meet the needs of each individual, so will adapt my way of work to make sure each person feels really listened to and able to be open. I think a lot of the time, the experiences we have had in the past affect the way we are feeling now, so it can be useful to explore these in a safe place without fear of judgement. This may well be something you have not had the opportunity to do before, so can be a unique chance to do so, although I appreciate the prospect of doing so may be anxiety-provoking.
I have always wanted to help people in one way or another. Prior to training as a counsellor, I worked as a Learning Support Assistant within a secondary school for a number of years, as well as volunteering for Samaritans. I have also worked as an Adviser for University students with mental health conditions. Although I was able to help people in these roles in some way, I became aware that there was only so much I could do in each role, and strived to be able to do more. It was at this point that I began the journey of learning to be a counsellor and psychotherapist.
I worked at a private practice in Maldon for more than seven years – initially as a student counsellor, and then as a full member of staff after qualification, during which time I worked with clients with a variety of reasons to seek counselling. I also worked as a school counsellor in a secondary school for six years; this has given me the opportunity to work with young people for whom this is often their first experience of both mental health problems, and counselling.
I think this has left me particularly well-placed to work with both young adults - whom I consider to be aged from 16 into their 20s - and those for whom this is their first experience of counselling. However, I think more than anything, this experience has enabled me to engage and empathise with the inner child and early experiences of clients of any age.
Some of the reasons for seeking counselling that I have worked with include:
This is not an exhaustive list. I also have some experience of working with those on the Autistic Spectrum.
Registered clinical member of the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) (2017)
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (2017, Regent’s University)
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2014, Regent’s College)
Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2010, Regent’s College)
BSc in Social Psychology (2009, Loughborough University)