I am based in Tiverton, Mid Devon and I have experience in helping with a number of issues, and especially with loss and bereavement, including complicated grief.
I am a registered and accredited member of the National Counselling Society, and am also a member of the UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners. My core model of practice is integrative Humanistic – which means that I can draw on several theoretical models, deciding, in collaboration with the client, which interventions might provide the best way forward. Iam personally committed to each client, subject to the creation of a contract between us which will contain boundaries as to how we work and the use of our relationship.
‘Humanistic’ is an umbrella term, covering Person Centred Counselling, Gestalt Therapy, and Transactional Analysis in the main. Through regular further training and continuing professional development, I am also able to bring other specific interventions into my work, such as mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapy, which is a model for brief therapy.
I work intuitively, often feeling the need to explore in some depth the past as well as the present, and some of this work can be quite challenging. You will always be in control of the pace and depth of the work, and will discover more about yourself as we progress, including how many of your own resources you can uncover and begin to use. This can be really empowering and can give you a much more positive sense of who you really are. I feel it is important to regularly review the progress of therapy and to be open to change in all aspects of the work.
It is vital that all therapists undergo regular clinical supervision, through which is gained a different perspective by a fellow professional of some of the issues I am working with. Supervisors are very experienced counsellors and psychotherapists themselves, sometimes with some specialist knowledge and specific supervision training, and the work we do is completely confidential.
The counsellor’s role is not to give advice or to make judgements, but to be there to support and assist in whichever direction you wish to go, and I welcome the opportunity to discuss with you what you hope to gain from counselling, and for us to decide if I can help in the way which seems appropriate for you.
I am on a voluntary register of counsellors and psychotherapists that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
(Find me on Counselling Directory).
I am listed in the UK & Ireland Counsellor Directory
(I have a LinkedIn profile and a counselling page on Facebook.)