I am passionate about my work and have seen, both in my personal and professional life, the positive impact counselling can have on emotional and physical well-being.
I named my service peace of mind as that is what I aim to help you achieve. I believe that when our mind is at peace life becomes much easier to navigate and that when we create balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives.
My commitment to you - what you can expect from the sessions
I believe that awareness is the first step in healing or changing and so together we will explore whatever you want to bring to therapy and where possible, and more importantly if you want to, we will find solutions to help you enjoy your life to the full.
I believe strongly in the therapeutic relationship being key to change and I seek to provide an environment built on trust where together we can explore any problem you may be having. You can be assured that I will do my upmost to make you feel safe, in a non-judgemental confidential space. I have found that the unconditional, positive regard and empathy that I give to the clients I see encourages growth and development, greater insight, healing and progress.
In the sessions you will have the opportunity to learn strategies, methods and skills that have been shown to be helpful with mood problems such as depression, anxiety, anger, panic, jealousy, guilt and shame.
You will learn skills to help you solve relationship problems, addiction problems, handle stress better, improve your self-esteem, become less fearful, and grow more confident.
If we use cognitive behavioural therapy, in the sessions, we will work together to understand thoughts, beliefs and behaviours connected to moods, physical experiences and events in our lives. I believe that self-awareness is the first step on the road to recovery.
My sessions are tailored to each individual person/couple or family that I see. I aim to provide an empathic, non-judgemental space for my clients, and I endeavour to provide a supportive relationship which encourages motivation and independence, which in turn empowers my clients.
A little bit about my journey
After working as a school business manager in a secondary school I came to a turning point in my life and I was lucky enough, in 2007, to begin my training towards becoming a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist. I had found that whilst working as a school business manager my office often became a counselling room as people came to see me on a regular basis with their problems. I realised from this experience how strong my passion to help others was and I began my journey. After qualifying with a National Open College Network in counselling I did some training with the charity mind. When I had completed these courses, I was even more convinced that I should work towards becoming a qualified counsellor and I signed up to take a degree in counselling and psychotherapy. I qualified with a first-class honours degree and began my career in counselling working with relate counselling service. While at relate I qualified in a postgraduate certificate in systemic therapy. When I left the relate counselling service, I began my journey into private practice. Before I began my private practice I worked with organisations such as the young peoples counselling service in brentwood, the havering drug and alcohol service in romford, an NHS, IAPT service and relate counselling.
Over the years I have met some wonderful people who I have felt privileged to watch grow in the sessions. I have been blown away by the amazing steps the clients I have worked with have taken to improve their lives and I have seen how therapeutic interventions have helped increase self-awareness and self-motivation which have helped them to achieve a clearer sense of direction.
TRAINING QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
I am a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist holding a first-class honours bachelor of science degree in counselling and psychotherapy as well as a post graduate certificate in systemic therapy. I work in private practice providing interventions on an individual basis or with couples and families. I have previous experience of working in an NHS, Improving Access to Psychological Therapy service, a drug and alcohol service as well as several positions working with organisations providing counselling for children, adolescents and families. Some of the work I do with children and families is based in schools and I have worked in many schools in Essex and one in Suffolk.
I work with clients struggling with a range of issues such as (amongst others), relationship and family issues, abuse, addiction problems, eating disorders, depression, social phobia and OCD, anxiety, PTSD, using a variety of interventions appropriate to the needs of the client.
I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU WANT TO FEEL SAFE
I work in accordance with the BACP ethical framework for the counselling professions and I ensure that I work to the standards of conduct, performance and ethical guidelines at all times.
I ensure that I keep my skills up to date and have had extensive training in many areas of counselling and psychotherapy. This continual professional development includes areas involving safeguarding, domestic violence and abuse, bereavement and loss, sexual addiction, substance misuse and many others.
I am happy to e mail any evidence of qualifications (if required). I am a registered member of BACP and have an entry on the counselling directory website, who checked and verified my qualifications.
• Parent group leader training in the nurturing programme
• Safeguarding level 2
• Domestic violence and abuse management
• CAADA dash
• Managing challenging behaviour
• Motivational interviewing
• Enhanced safeguarding of children and adults
• Attachment therapy
• Duo counselling
• Systemic family theory and practice
• Mind mentoring
• Mental health awareness
• Bereavement and loss
• Substance misuse and couples
• Sexual addiction
• Working with groups
• Young people with eating disorders
• Promoting safer and therapeutic services
• Breakaway techniques
• Healing connections
• Gender and sexual diversity
• The difference we make
• Mindfulness sex and relationship therapy
• Suicidal risk and support
• Solution focused therapy
•supporting bereaved children
•meeting the mental needs of pupils with SEND
•self care in private practice
•impact of anxious attachment
•distress and barriers to help-seeking
understanding the sexual abuse and exploitation of boys and men
the love of power; the power of love