Areas of Expertise
My personal journey has highlighted the benefits of nature on our well-being and I work within the natural elements as much as possible by providing walking sessions with my clients. For those with limited mobility nature is not off limits and we can sit in the outdoors rather than walking.
Outdoor counselling combines the benefits of a traditional counselling session along with the physical and mental rewards of being in the great outdoors.
This approach to counselling provides a less formal environment to the traditional therapy set up. With the natural environment providing a backdrop which can prompt thoughts and memories which may not come to the surface so easily in a therapy room.
Privacy is maintained through my awareness of the surroundings and the odd deliberate pause to allow passers by.
This style of counselling often helps ease those who are anxious about starting their counselling journey as it provides a more relaxed approach.
I offer counselling to all couples- heterosexual, same-sex, family- for example child and parent relationships.
Having completed my couples training with Psychotherapist Jennie Miller, I work to her model. The therapy entails an assessment of one hour followed by eight sessions every two-three weeks that are one and a half hours. This shorter term model has proven to be both popular and successful.
I work with clients from 16 years old up and provide the option of working short term (6 sessions) as well as open ended therapy. This would be discussed and agreed collaboratively in our assessment session.
I am trained as a Transactional Analysis counsellor and I completed modules in CBT, Person Centred and psychodynamic theory during my training. I use this knowledge and experience to provide a tailored approach to best meet your needs.
I offer my face to face sessions from my garden therapy room.
My training is in Transactional Analysis (TA), in the most simplest form this theory looks at how we communicate with each and ourselves with the ethos being ‘you’re okay, I’m okay’. I am passionate about this theory and integrate it within my practise while allowing creative fluidity when building a therapeutic relationship with my clients.
This therapeutic journey is collaborative, it is not about me 'fixing' you. It is an opportunity to look at yourself through a TA lens, to explore your past in the present, for a better future.As we 'walk' this path together, I encourage self compassion and advocate for self care being a large part of the therapy process.
The strength it takes to be vulnerable with a stranger is never lost on me and I always aim to be nurturing and understanding in order to create a calm non-judgemental environment.We go at your pace- physically and emotionally.
You are the expert in your life and I have the skills to empower you on your journey, together we can create a tailored healing experience.