...which means that I use a variety of counselling theories to develop a bespoke therapeutic approach for every individual I work with.
I work one-to-one with clients of all ages, presenting with wide ranging issues from anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, family and relationship issues, sexuality and identity.
As well as working privately with clients, I also work for Heads Together at the YMCA, counselling young people (14 to 25 year olds), and I run a counselling service at my local primary school, working with young children using play therapy techniques.
I have a particular interest in family relationship issues and identity.
...whether it is work related stress, parenting challenges, family dynamics, confusions about identity and sexuality, health anxiety, or the trauma that often remains unresolved after bullying, divorce or loss.
As a counsellor, I am able to listen impartially and without judgement to whatever it is that you wish to share.
I provide a safe and comfortable space and uninterrupted time for us to explore any distressing issues and feelings at a pace to suit you.
Counselling provides a relationship founded on respect, within which clients are able to process and make sense of their emotions and experiences, to reach a greater level of self empowerment and independence, allowing them to move forward in their life in a positive and resilient way.
We will sit together in a warm, comfortable room and you will have the opportunity and space to talk about what you choose. This will normally be an aspect of your life which is causing you distress or anxiety but you may want to speak about other aspects of your life too. As the sessions are completely confidential, you will have the freedom and time to express how these issues and events are impacting on your emotional well-being.
As we build a relationship of trust and ease, I will ask questions to gain more understanding and may challenge you to think about something in a different way. I will listen without judgement and, together, we will develop the strategies and resilience needed to facilitate you in your personal growth.
I have a BA Honours degree, a post graduate teaching qualification and a diploma (levels 2,3 and 4) in counselling with a separate certificate in counselling children and young people. I am a registered member of the BACP and I have experience of counselling both adults and young people.
Establishing a good relationship with the right person is an essential part of the counselling relationship. If you like what's written on my philosophy page, I would suggest a short phone conversation to establish whether counselling is right for you and whether I'm the right counsellor for you. If you're happy after this we can arrange to meet in person.
A counselling session is 50 minutes long and costs £40. I accept cash and cards as payment or an online transfer an hour before the session. Payments are taken at the start of the session.
Only as an initial assessment. This will last approximately 20 minutes and will not cost anything.
I only work with individuals.
I am based in Epsom near Epsom hospital. When booking a session, I'll provide directions, parking and public transport details.
If you need to cancel or rearrange a session, please contact me as early as possible. If less than 48 hours before an appointment, a charge will be made.
I work in an open ended way. You'll probably know instinctively when you're ready to end. There is no minimum or maximum number of sessions. It is a good idea to tell me when you think you're getting near that stage, so we can draw the counselling to a proper close and reflect on the work we have done.
Yes. I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework concerning confidentiality. This means I will keep what you tell me private. In rare circumstances, if I thought there was a risk of harm to you or to another person, or if required by the law, we might need to discuss this further.
Yes, I take all my client work (anonymously) to an experienced and highly qualified supervisor regularly. This ensures that I am working in a professional and effective way and adhering to the BACP Ethical Framework.