Welcome to my profile, My approach to therapy is a very open one; I tailor the work with what my clients need at the time. Therapy is an opportunity for personal growth and self-development. My approach emphasises developing self-awareness within a safe, supportive environment to help you discover the path in life that is best for you. I work on both a short term and long-term basis with adults only.
My aim is to provide you with a relationship built upon trust, openness and honesty, where you can feel accepted without judgement. A therapist will not give advice or offer the answers to your problems but will remain alongside you and help you find your own way forward. Working from a Humanistic approach, we will focus upon what is happening for you in the present; however, past and previous relationships clearly affect our present so these are explored as they arise. I take the lead from my client and work at their pace and challenge when appropriate to facilitate different/new perspectives and to help increase self-awareness.
My experience encompasses a diverse range of issues including (but not limited to) bereavement and loss, grief, loss of a pet, loss of a career, loss of a relationship, gender indentity, low self esteem/self worth, relationship issues, family issues, feeling lost or stuck, domestic abuse, childhood abuse, addictions, anxiety, being heard, betrayal, clarity, depression, self harm, traumatic life events, childhood trauma, work related stress.
I know taking the first steps to seeking therapy is not always an easy decision, but I hope to make this process as comfortable as I can for you. Along with my private practice I also assist at local hospices and Cruse working with Bereavement & Loss and charity work in Domestic Abuse.
If you choose to contact me, we will first arrange for a free telephone consultation, this gives you the opportunity to tell me what you are seeking counselling for and you can ask any questions that may be on your mind. If you decide to go ahead with therapy we can arrange an initial assessment session.
What to expect in your first session.
The purpose of the first session is to meet each other and decide whether we can work together. Attending the first session does not mean you have to commit to a therapeutic contract with me.
I see my first meeting with a new client as an assessment session. I normally ask a number of questions to gain a good understanding of what brings you to counselling and identify your therapeutic needs. This is important so we can identify together how therapy can be useful to you. Additionally, in the first session, I explain how I work (for example confidentiality, cancellations, holidays, fees) and what you can expected from me.
The first session is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions about my role, experience and training as a Therapist as well as Therapy in general.
I work in Bury St Edmunds & Sudbury.
How long will we work together?
That depends on what you feel you need. Some people just need a few sessions to work through specific issues, others choose longer term therapy. You are completely in control of the length of your sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc integrative Psycotherapeutic counselling
AAMET Accredited Certified EFT Practitioner
The Human toolbox practitioner
AEDP Essential skills 1
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
Diploma in Integrative Counselling
BACP certificate of Proficiency.
level 2 DBT Essential skills
AEDP immersion skills
Foundation course breathwork practitioner
Certificate in Rewind Trauma Therapy
Accredited Member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling Practitioners (BACP)
Diploma in Emotional Intelligence NLP Practice
Diploma in Mindfulness Based CBT
Diploma in Life Coaching
Diploma Child Psychology
Access to Higher Education Diploma in Counselling
Level 2 in Awareness in Bereavement care, the foundation course through Cruse Bereavement Care
Certificate of Achievement in an introduction to Safeguarding Children
Certificate of Achievement in Safeguarding Children
Certificate of Achievement in Safeguarding Children with Disabilities.
Understanding ME, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME & FIBROMYALGIA. How to work with Eating Disorders, Understanding Traumatic Bereavement. Practical Skills in Gestalt, Practical Skills in working with Trauma, Patrick Casement “Knowing and not knowing in the consulting room.” Introduction to Mindfulness. Understanding and skills in working with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), Working with the Inner Child 1: Discovery, Working with the Inner Child 2: Skills, Co-dependency: the need to take care, Conflict Resolution, Mindfulness Practitioner Day Retreat, Working creatively in the counselling room, Foundations of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (Windy Dryden and Nicola Martin), Existential Freedom. How to be real and find meaning (Emmy Van Deurzen), Working with Trauma (Child and Adult survivors of complex trauma, sexual violence and domestic abuse) – Christine Sanderson. CPD by COSRT: College of Sex and Relationship Therapists: The Fundamentals of working with Couples. Lottie Passel-Syms. Personal insights into attachment theory with Sir Richard Bowlby.
I am committed to my own continued professional development and regularly attend further training to enhance my practice. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their guidelines for ethical practice, which ensures client wellbeing and safety. I attend regular supervisory support for my client work and I have been awarded the BACP certificate of Proficiency.