My Approach

The foundation of my approach is humanistic, drawing especially on person-centred and emotion-focused therapies. This means that I value above all else the client’s autonomy and inherent wisdom and I view our counselling journey as a collaborative venture. I believe that our emotions provide us with important information about what we need. Often, however, they can be unclear, confusing or even frightening.

In an emotion-focused approach to therapy, the therapeutic relationship is essential to the process of understanding what is causing us to feel the way we do. Our emotions are adaptive – they help us get what we need – but our emotional reactions to events are also shaped by our unique histories and relationships. Understanding the reasons we feel a certain way is a delicate but vital process through which emotions are brought to the surface and talked through to decipher how we need to act on them. This experiencing of emotions and the subsequent making sense of them through dialogue is key to our understanding of our thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
The mind and its emotional system are unique to each person and cannot be reduced down to a medical diagnosis or pharmacologicall intervention. Focusing on emotion in a counselling environment provides us with more targeted, precise information about what is happening in the mind. Recent neuroscientific research provides compelling evidence for the healing power of an empathically-attuned therapeutic relationship.

My Route to Counselling

My route to counselling began at Cruse Bereavement Care. Perhaps surprisingly, I found working with bereaved people a profoundly hopeful experience. We have the capacity for huge resilience in the face of grief and trauma. This knowledge compelled me to explore other areas of counselling and, ultimately, to become a fully qualified counsellor.

Today, I work as a general counsellor in private practice and as Expert Adviser at the Institute of Directors.

I have completed additional training to be able to offer counselling online (Zoom, for example) and by phone.

Qualifications & Affiliations

Expert Adviser for the Institute of Directors, specialising in the management of bereavement in the workplace.

Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from York St. John University (Distinction)

MSc. in Organisational Psychology and Coaching from Birkbeck, University of London (Merit)

BSc. in Psychology from the Open University

Supervisor and client support for Cruse Bereavement Care (until 2020)

Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I adhere to their Ethical Framework.

Registered with the ICO. I comply with GDPR and data protection regulations.

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