I have had an interest in counselling for many years. I completed my first Introduction to Counselling course after receiving help myself and that first course was as much to aid my own self development as to test my growing love of this subject. This has been enhanced by the journey of education and personal experiences. When I am counselling I feel authentically and wholly me.
However, I believe that counselling is a partnership and so it is important that the therapeutic relationship is strong. I feel privileged to be able to offer a space and help people to find the answers they seek, and I am constantly in awe of the bravery of my clients. Seeing someone change before my eyes is still unique and wonderous every time it happens. Counselling can be tough but, in my opinion, always worth it!
My core approach is Person-Centred, and I use this as the foundation of our work together. This approach comes from a belief that each person, if given the correct conditions, can gain greater self-awareness and insight into their situation. I believe in this way of working. I have sat in the client seat and experienced myself the huge change that can happen when someone offers a non-judgemental, honest and empathic space. This is something that is rarely experienced in everyday life. I have experience of other approaches which I also integrate to best suit individual clients.
I have regular supervision which offers me a reflective space in which to develop my practice and therefore benefits my clients by ensuring their safety in terms of my ethical practice. More about Supervision can be found in the Counselling Services section of this website.