I work with adults, young adults (aged 16-30), students and young professionals.
My approach acknowledges the importance of creating a respectful, empathic, non-judgemental and trusting relationship with clients. I enjoy creating the space for people to explore and reflect on the issues they are facing. Research has shown that this kind of therapeutic relationship creates the possibility for a person to come to terms with the issues they are facing and move forward in meaningful and positive ways.
I use an integrative counselling model. This means I draw from a variety of approaches and that allows me to tailor counselling to each person’s unique needs. My approach is informed by an understanding of how people develop through childhood and the various ages, stages and challenges of adulthood.
I also draw from person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural models as well as Transactional Analysis and models that acknowledge the influence of relational interactions. To read more on types of therapy click here
I am experienced at working with a wide variety of presenting issues such as anxiety, work stress, depression and low mood, disordered eating, crises in spirituality/meaning of life (of any faith or none), relationship difficulties, complex trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences.
I have particular expertise in:
- Helping young adults (16-30) navigate the world, including students and young professionals.
- Providing space for people to reflect on how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) impact their lives and relationships.
- How to live well with diagnosed or suspected neurodivergence (ASD, ADHD) in clients or their loved ones.
- Reflecting on the challenges of work and leadership (eg. professionals, spiritual ministry).
- Helping individuals who want to reflect on the dynamics in their relationships (partners, children, siblings).
I also have specific training to help people explore how their spirituality or faith or meaning of life is impacted when facing difficulties. For some this is a key part of their journey for others it is not. As with all issues brought to counselling I follow the lead of the client, providing a non-directional, safe environment for exploring this kind of issue. See more about this in Spirituality, faith and identity
Qualifications and Experience
I have an honours degree in counselling from the University of Roehampton and am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), working at all times within their ethical framework.
- BA (hons) Counselling
- MBACP (Accred) (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
- Certificate in Couples Counselling, International Society of Professional Counsellors
- Certificate in Advanced Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents
I am committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and regular supervision, which ensures the quality of my work is maintained.
I have run a private practice specialising in adults since 2012, and I have previously worked as a counsellor in both primary and secondary schools, have delivered counselling for the NHS to young people (5-18), and have worked for Newcastle University Student Wellbeing.
I also have many years of experience working as professional in a pressured working environment and as leader in a local church, and dealing with the personal challenges this can bring.
I am also a member of the Association of Christian Counsellors ACC