Get to Know Me
I think that one of the main reasons why I decided that I wanted to train as a counsellor is that I love working with people. My core training is integrative; namely person centered and psycho-dynamic approaches, which means that I can draw on these different ways of working with people depending on their individual needs. I work in a way which compliments who you are, and what you need. Therapy could consist of talking through problems, acknowledging feelings. Some people find that looking back to past behaviour patterns and core beliefs, which may have taken their toll on your sense of well-being can be helpful. Ultimately this can lead to increased self-awareness which can help you to connect with your life’s purpose.
Some clients prefer to use art, images or the written word, when finding talking difficult. Younger clients often engage in play as a therapeutic aid. If a client wants to look forward then a solution focused approach may be more helpful. Some people, often young adults, prefer a forward-looking time limited way of working.
I have worked as an art teacher in primary schools for many years and so have also had a lot of experience working with children. I have completed training at the Place2Be charity involving play and art work with children. This has enabled me to work with primary school children and teenagers, in addition to adults.
As well as seeing private clients, I volunteer for a charity in Windsor and Maidenhead, working with adults and teenagers in addition I work with pupils in a secondary school in the local area.
I am a registered member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I adhere to the BACP’s ethical framework for the counselling professions.