Ethos & Values
Empathetically listening to your story, without judgement, I provide a confidential and safe space for you to explore any difficulties that you are experiencing and empower you to make changes.
My orientation is Humanistic, putting you my client at the centre (Person-Centred), and Integrative meaning that I can draw on a range of therapeutic approaches to help guide our sessions, so that you feel heard and I can respond in the most appropriate way.
The problems we explore may stem from deeply buried emotions, thoughts and beliefs that are blocking your ability to connect constructively with yourself and others. Equally, you may find it more useful to take a solution-focused and goal-orientated approach.
I believe everyone deserves to feel happy and fulfilled and to discover this by giving themselves another chance. Through greater awareness of yourself and how you engage with the world around you, you can increase your understanding, make choices and change. By coming into therapy, you are taking a step nearer to this.
Experience & Background
Like you, I come with a life full of experiences, some good and some not so good. Alongside these, I bring my professional training, my compassion, commitment to you, integrity and humour.
For many years I worked in the political and business worlds, then moved into education and the social care sector. I have insight into the pressures and demands, processes and procedures, language and expectations that are found in each.
My experience of working with young people is wide ranging. I have worked alongside young offenders (13-17 years old) in the Youth Offending Service, and at YMCA Downslink with disenfranchised young people (16-24 years old) who may not be in education, employment or training and are street living or the hidden homeless. An aggravating factor for all may be mental ill health and substance misuse. I have been able to support in practical ways signposting to relevant services, mentor towards a specific goal or counsel these young people looking at emotional and psychological problems that keep them trapped in negative behaviour patterns. My client group in school is 11-16 years old, who can present with a wide range of emotional problems often seen in a physical form. Frequent issues include anxiety and panic attacks, chronic pain, sleeplessness, depression, friendship and communication problems.
In addition, I have worked with addiction and substance misuse clients, many of whom have been caught in long term addictive behaviour that sits on top of other complex issues. My approach to each client is to hear their story and help them determine what they wish to achieve around their understanding of their addictive behaviour and substance use.
Our relationship and my humanness is central to creating a non-judgmental space for exploration, honesty, awareness and growth. We will explore a whole range of emotions during our sessions.