Could your difficulties be pointers to your growth?
Life presents us with many challenges. Unexpected events, illness, change and transitions are some of the more obvious and universally accepted ones.
Sometimes, what we experience is less straightforward. We may feel confused and threatened by the onset of anxiety, depression or some physical symptoms. We might be trying to find a reason why we keep feeling misunderstood, isolated and frustrated. We wonder, is this really as good as it gets?
You might be looking at my website because you are searching for professional support in dealing with your distress. You may have reached crisis point, or be concerned you may do so soon if nothing changes.
I am an effective, warm and professional counsellor and psychotherapist practising in central Reading, Berkshire and Wallingford, Oxfordshire.
I offer short- and long-term one-to-one therapy sessions for adults, meeting in person weekly.
In my years working as a counsellor and psychotherapist I have come to believe the following:
Difficulties, however painful and deserving of acknowledgment and compassion, can be understood as pointers towards an area that needs our attention in order for us to be able to grow and thrive again.
A registered and fully accredited member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), I have been active in the counselling and psychotherapy context since 2009. I use a combination of talking therapy and creative techniques (no particular artistic skills needed) which provide both structure and flexibility for every stage of your personal process.
Alongside one-to-one sessions, I run occasional therapy workshops and events. My experience also includes co-facilitating an art therapy group in an inpatient NHS mental health unit.
I have worked in counsellor roles within community, charity and NHS settings as well as in private practice providing one-to-one and group therapy sessions. I also assess clients who approach counselling services for the first time.
My professional qualifications include post graduate diploma training in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE), London.
Bringing concerns to a compassionate professional who is not a family member or friend can be most helpful. This is true especially for those of us who find it challenging to talk about our problems with loved ones. We might shy away from sharing our problems due to feelings of guilt and shame. We might not want to "burden" those close to us, or do not trust we shall be understood and supported when feeling vulnerable.
The opportunity to talk freely and openly can be liberating, and many people report feeling seen and listened to for the first time in their therapy sessions.
To find out more about how I can help you or to arrange a meeting contact me. All counselling sessions including the initial consultation are confidential, and I work within the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) professional Code of Ethics.
Sessions take place weekly unless otherwise agreed.
Meeting Distress with Compassion and Integrity
Throughout our work together I shall treat you with respect and compassion. I shall work to provide a safe, nonjudgemental space to hold any experience you choose to bring into the session.
Counselling can offer you insight about what you want in life and in relationships and help you find the tools to reach your goals. We shall work together to mobilise your inner strength and resources so you can start overcoming your problems and move forwards again.
Engaging in the process of therapy to work through and beyond immediate concerns has the potential to create lasting positive change and, overall, a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
As we explore ever more of the uniquely intricate tapestry of your life together, I can help you understand how you came to be the person you are today and why you might be struggling with certain issues.
The way we have been treated in important relationships throughout life contributes to how we see, think and feel about ourselves. Some of these influences might not be helpful and can result in difficult feelings as we lose touch with who we really are.
My main aim is helping clients reconnect with their authentic sense of self. I believe an important part of our potential lies in the undiscovered parts of our personality. To tap into this potential and learn how best to use it, I shall encourage you to connect with all of your experience while supporting you and offering gentle authentic feedback where appropriate.
Areas of Difficulty I Work With:
Change and transition such as career change, parenthood, retirement, separation
Loss and bereavement, both recent and past
Separation and divorce
Physical health issues and chronic pain
Procrastination and difficulties in decision making
…and many more.
My Counselling&Psychotherapy Approach
Each of us is unique and I do not think there is such a thing as a one-size-fits-all therapy. You and your needs are what matters most, and it is essential you feel comfortable.
The integrative counselling and psychotherapy modality I have trained in allows me to meet your specific needs using a range of theoretical approaches.
We shall assess your needs in our first meeting and continue to do so throughout the therapy; there will always be the time and space to reflect together on how your therapy is going.
How I Work
My approach to psychotherapy is holistic.
I believe our experiences shape us from early on and continuously throughout life. As our beliefs and patterns of thinking and behaviour get established in our personality, they not only influence how our life unfolds but manifest in all aspects of our being - mind, body and soul. I invite my clients to engage their behaviour, conscious and unconscious mind and body in the therapy as appropriate.
I use a range of therapy approaches: person-centred and humanistic therapy and Gestalt, existential therapies, psychodynamic therapy, family and systemic therapy, transactional analysis (TA), cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), and transpersonal psychotherapy. I also integrate elements of art, drama and play therapies, creative imagination and dreamwork into my work.