I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor working in Somerset. I am passionate about supporting people to find their way through their difficulties and enable them to find more ease with themselves, their relationships and their lives.
I completed an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling at The Iron Mill Institute, Exeter. Since qualifying I have attended many shorter courses to develop a deeper connection with theoretical models and ways of working to help clients. I also continue to concentrate on my own personal development to help me be the best and most content I can be, both inside and outside the counselling environment. See my page on Professional Development for details.
I strongly believe that much of the efficacy of counselling lies in the relationship with the counsellor. I aim to offer a warm accepting space where clients can explore what is troubling them. I am committed to working together as part of the process of the unfolding. Curiosity and interest in oneself is an essential element of successful counselling. As a counsellor I am here to aid with that curiosity and help clients notice patterns and responses to help make sense of what is present. Counselling is not about giving advice or directing clients to specific solutions. I may offer signposting, relaxation tips and techniques to help manage symptoms of anxiety and depression and other tools to help clients. I strongly believe that each one of us can benefit from learning how to increase our resilience in times of stress and anxiety.
I have worked as a volunteer bereavement counsellor at St Margaret's Hospice for four years, giving me lots of insight into the enormity of loss, the struggles of accepting it or perhaps the difficult feelings around the relief and/or contradictory emotions that may arise with the death of someone you have been close to.
I am a registered member of BACP which is a professional body, regulating counsellors and psychotherapists. This means that I follow their code of ethics and they can hold me accountable for my professional practice. Click here to see my BACP registration listing. The BACP website may be helpful to you in other ways too, you can take a look here.