- BSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Location: Arnold Natural Health Centre, NG5 7GP, England, Arnold, Nottingham, United Kingdom
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- What I help people with:
(in order of expertise)
- Work, Education & Career Issues
- Health Issues
- Asperger's Syndrome
- Tourette's Syndrome
- Terminal Illness
- Disabilities & Chronic Illness
- Chronic Pain
- Death & Separation
- Therapy types I offer: (in order of most commonly practised)
- Qualifications verified by PlusGuidance:
- BSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy
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- My availability
My session prices
Video sessionfrom £35In-Person sessionfrom £35
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How I can help you
"the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time" T. S Eliot
I wonder what it is that has brought you here today? I’m imagining that life is feeling overwhelming in some way. You may have an illness or disability that means day-to-day activities are challenging. Perhaps you’re a parent or carer who is trying to balance your own needs with that of the person you’re looking after. Maybe you recently lost someone dear to you, or are about to. It may just be that things aren’t going the way you hoped and you feel stuck, unsure about where to turn next.
We all have times when we feel as though we would like to step out of our life for a while. Talking to someone can be very helpful. Family and friends can be great sources of support. But there are also times when it just doesn’t feel right to speak to someone we know well.
That is where I can help. As a counsellor I offer you space to talk, without judgement; room to explore your thoughts and feelings, offering you a different perspective on the things that are troubling you; allowing you time to find your own answers by exploring the possibilities with you.
What to expect
If you’ve decided that counselling is for you then please do get in touch. I aim to respond with an hour or two, but certainly within 24 hours (except during holiday periods when it may be longer). Whether you prefer face to face or online counselling I will provide you with a safe, non-judgmental space in which you can explore your problems at your own pace.
We will have an initial meeting, for which I charge £20. This first meeting is important for two reasons, firstly, it gives me the opportunity to find out something about you and what brought you to counselling now. Secondly, and in my opinion most importantly, it allows us to find out if we feel comfortable with each other. Being listened to and accepted at the place you are can be incredibly powerful. It's my job to create a space where you are able to speak openly and honestly about your thoughts and feelings. This needs us both to feel comfortable and that trust can be developed.
If we agree to work together then we will discuss what you would like to get out of your sessions; from here we can agree on an initial number of sessions – usually 8-12, but this can be shorter or longer depending on what you want to achieve. These sessions can be paid for week by week or as a block booking (in blocks of 4 weeks); weekly fees are £40, block bookings are charged at £35 x 4.
I believe that counselling should be available to anyone who feels that they can benefit from it, when they feel ready for it. With this in mind, I will consider a reduced rate for those with limited income, do contact me to discuss this if you feel you need this.
I am an integrative, humanistic counsellor. This means that I draw a variety of approaches to allow me to best meet your needs, always ensuring that you are at the centre of our work together. In this way, I aim to help you find your own answers to resolving the issue that brought you to counselling.
I believe that the relationship we build is the most important part of counselling. When we have a foundation of trust, we can be open and honest about what we are thinking and feeling, perhaps for the first time in our life. I have found from my experience of counselling, both as counsellor and client, that this ability to be open is when change has happened.
My journey to becoming a counsellor began at a charity which offered peer support to families with children on the Autistic Spectrum. I worked as a parent mentor and advocate, supporting parents with a wide range of challenges that can come with living with autism. I gained a great amount of experience and insight that has helped me both personally and professionally whilst working with the 200 plus families we supported during my time there.
I have experience of working with people, of all ages, who have, or are affected by, disability, chronic or terminal illness. I am particularly interested in offering support to those who are affected by a recent diagnosis: this can be a devastating time for all impacted.
Balance is very important for good mental health. Away from counselling I enjoy spending time with friends and have a number of interests including amateur dramatics, crocheting and music.