For over 30 years I have had the privilege of working with people from all walks of life and I bring my experiences from both my paid and voluntary roles to the counselling sessions we will do together. I worked in the charity sector for 14 years as a domestic abuse IDSVA (Independent Domestic & Sexual Violence Advocate) and facilitator of the Freedom Programme, previously managing a service for 9 years supporting victims of crime and witnesses attending court. I was a Volunteer counsellor for a rape and sexual assault centre for 2 years. Previously I volunteered for a Rape Support Helpline for 18 months and I was a Samaritan for 5 years including Prison Visiting at a Young Offenders Institute.
In recent years I have been studying the specialist area of neurodiversity for women. I am learning about the complexities and barriers faced by neurodiverse women and the challenges of living in a neurotypical world. Neurodiversity can go unrecognised, misunderstood or dismissed, especially for girls and women who internalise, mask, and learn to ‘fit in’, this can significantly impact mental health. Women often seek a diagnosis later in life due to their neurodiversity going unrecognised or misdiagnosed. I offer counselling and support for women who are managing their neuro-differences, and to those who are just beginning to explore the possibilities of this for themselves. I support women on their journey through assessment and following diagnosis if this is the route for you, as well as supporting women who have self-diagnosed or choose not to gain a diagnosis.
I have also been training and studying around the specialist area of menopause so I can provide specific counselling to women in the perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause phases, and extending this further into the impact of our menstrual cycle throughout life for hormone sensitive women experiencing PMS, PME and PMDD.
I aim to adapt my approach to meet the individual nature and needs of each woman I work with. I have always worked in a non-judgemental and inclusive way and I hope to offer every woman respect, honesty, understanding, emotional support and a safe space. This allows us to explore together alternative ways of looking at issues and find new ways of approaching things. It helps us to gain an understanding of how life impacts on your feelings and thoughts. I will offer you techniques and tools to help you cope when life is difficult and I hope we find ways to inspire and empower you to be who you want to be in the world. Together we can safely explore the past, question the way things are now and aspire to how things can be different for you in the future.
I enjoy learning new things and I am always looking at improving my skills. As a member of the BACP I am required to attend training and continual professional development and to regularly attend Supervision to ensure I offer you the best support I can. I am fully insured and have an up to date Enhanced Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) Certificate that allows me to work safely with people from vulnerable groups. You are welcome to see my C.V on request if it helps you decide whether to book a session with me. If I am not the right counsellor for you or if I am not qualified or experienced in the area you would like support with then I can suggest ways for you to find alternative counsellors or sources of help.
I offer a 15 minute free phone consultation for anyone who would like to discuss their needs before deciding to book a counselling session. When you book your first session we can agree when, where and how we will work together and you decide how often you would like us to meet and whether we will have weekly, fortnightly or monthly sessions. It is difficult to predict how many counselling sessions a client might need as lots of different factors must be considered as everyone is an individual with their own unique situation. As a general guide I build in regular reviews where we discuss together how the counselling is progressing and if there is anything we may need to do differently, this usually happens on the 3rd session and after every 6 sessions. I offer both short term and longer term counselling. Short term counselling tends to be about 6-10 sessions and longer term counselling can be 24+ sessions.
Generally we will agree a set number of sessions and then have a review and decide if any more sessions are needed and if so how many. If at any time you decide you don’t want to continue then we will bring the sessions to an end, and if I feel I have reached the limit of what I am able to offer to you we will discuss what else you may need and where you could consider accessing this from. I aim for us to have a clear and open working relationship and decide together how we progress to help you get the most from your counselling sessions.