• that everyone has the capacity to change
• being listened to can be a powerful, therapeutic experience
• No judgement
• A safe space to explore and learn to accept oneself
I am a Humanistic Counsellor based in Kings Worthy, just north of Winchester. I work with both adolescent and adult clients on a one-to-one basis in my small private practice.
I have a great deal of experience of working with vulnerable young people, mostly within an educational setting and I have a particular interest in working with young people. My sense is that counselling can have a huge impact on a young person’s life – whether it be protected time for them to unload their troubles or more in-depth work easing distress and supporting self-discovery.
Adolescence is an interesting and difficult time of life – a time when we are working out who we are and where we fit. It is a time when our brains seem to understand things differently than the adults around us and pressures are hitting us from all directions – to fit in, be ourselves, study hard, play hard, engage in social media, don’t overdo it on social media, be more grown up, don’t grow up too quickly, embark on new friendships, fall in love, have or don’t have a relationship and with whom…the list is endless. The search for a sense of self can be overwhelming.
I have experience of counselling adults in two very different settings in Winchester (University of Winchester and The Women’s Centre, Trinity Winchester). Life today is busy and can be overwhelming. Difficult life experiences and emotions can be put to one side in the rush of life. My sense is that they rarely stay to one side and at some time or another will become too loud to ignore. Counselling can offer a quiet, private opportunity to cut through this noise.
I believe that all people have worth and value and we all have the ability to change and the right to be fulfilled. I hope to offer support that can help you to feel a positive sense of self and learn how to manage distressing experiences or feelings. I provide a safe counselling environment that can offer this support.
I have a BACP Accredited Diploma in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis. I am a Registered member of the BACP and I adhere to their ethical framework. These theories inform my practice, yet each client is an individual and as such we have a unique relationship.
I started my counselling journey in 2004 with a 10 week Introductory course on Counselling Skills and I was hooked. Since then I have undertaken the following qualifications
• BACP Accredited Diploma in Humanistic Counselling Based on Transactional Analysis
• Certificate in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis
• Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
• TA 101 Certificate
I have experience of one-to-one counselling in the following settings
• University of Winchester
• Trinity Winchester – Women’s Centre
• Sparsholt College
• Peter Symonds College
I currently work as a Counsellor at Andover College for one day a week.
I hold in Enhanced DBS Certificate (previously CRB)
I also regularly undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by attending short courses and reading books and articles to keep my practice up-to-date. Please see below for a list of the CPD course subject areas that I have undertaken.
• Safeguarding – Designated Safeguarding Lead Initial Training and Refresher Training
• Prevent Duty for Schools
• Challenging Children and Teenagers
• Mental Health in Adolescents
• Working with self harm
• Working with survivors of sexual abuse
• Working with eating distress and body image
• Approaches to the body and eating disorders
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
• Working with happiness
• Parenting Skills – strengthening positive parenting practices and relationships
Before I became a Counsellor I worked for 9 years in the Press and PR industry in London. I have a BA (Hons) degree in Public Relations from Bournemouth University.