**DUE TO COVID-19, I AM OFFERING SESSIONS ONLINE VIA SECURE, CONFIDENTIAL PLATFORMS, AS WELL AS OVER THE PHONE(AS A BACK-UP TO ONLINE)**
I support clients seeking solutions to a wide range of issues, challenges & distress. This can be achieved through Counselling (shorter term), Psychotherapy (longer term), EMDR Therapy (can be integrated to either of these therapeutic approaches or to Life Coaching if considered appropriate).
I have 20 years of post qualification experience in Counselling & Psychotherapy, and full accreditation and registration as a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I am an accredited BUPA practitioner.
To support my additional professional qualifications and areas of expertise I am also a member of the following:
ESTD (European Society for Trauma & Dissociation ) and its UK Network
EMDR UK & Ireland (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)
My core qualification is integrative (PG Diploma in Integrative Counselling); this enables the delivery of a finely client's attuned approach that responds to the unique needs of each client and their goals for therapy. Some clients will need a solution-oriented approach to support them in reaching their goals, other clients have needs to be accompanied in the grieving and repair of broken bonds; for some clients their past history need to be understood and disentangled before they can engage in the present. Some clients will respond to robust challenges, others need gentle and sensitive resonance. Not one client is identical, not one session is the same.
What sort of issues do my clients bring to the sessions ?
Many personal, every-day life, professional (or organisational)-related problems can be helped through counselling. This is about making a positive choice to get the help that you need, when you need. Don't wait until a problem has grown to become unmanageable - rather address early the issues, before they become entrenched.
Relationships and relational issues, problems in the couple
Family system fractures and dysfunctions (problems with siblings, cultural integration and identity issues)
Bereavement and other losses
Substance abuse and other behavioural dependencies.
Eating disorders and body issues.
Depressive and anxious symptomology, including panic attacks, phobias and OCD
Various types of trauma disorders: single event trauma, PTSD and complex trauma and dissociative symptoms, including the transgenerational transmission of trauma
Childhood sexual abuse, domestic abuse
Work-related issues: emotional distress in professional life (lack of direction, stress,“burnout”, bullying, harassment)
For some, issues are not clearly delineated in mind. They are more to do with a diffuse sense of hopelessness or low mood and a lack of motivation and interest in engaging with their life and projects. The initial part of the process will be dedicated to identifying what is the trouble, before engaging into processing negative self-beliefs and distressing memories.
If we are addressing trauma issues, the preparatory phase of the work (to stabilise symptoms) will be absolutely essential before any processing of trauma takes place and the length of this preparatory phase will vary according to the complexity of the issue.
I am also Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing);
Some suggested paths that clients can take: Short-term counselling (6 - 12 weeks) Suitable if you want to talk about a present day problem and learn new ways of dealing with issues and handling challenging events and being better at relating with others.
Longer term psychotherapy (12 weeks +) Beneficial if you wish to explore a deeper level of understanding of self and life and how aspects of the past may be restricting your life in the present. Aiming to facilitate change at a deeper level, psychotherapy may help you develop a stronger sense of yourself and add more meaning to life.
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