As a Humanistic therapist I seek to help individuals recognise their strengths, creativity and choice in the 'here and now'. This means I focus on the whole of an individual's experience including their thoughts, feelings and actions, to promote self-awareness and development. Past events, experiences and relationships are still of great importance but are explored in relation to their influence on the present.
I work with both adults and young people from the age of 12 upwards on both a short or long term basis depending on the needs of the individual.
Whilst the reasons people come to counselling can be similar, each individual’s experience is unique. My integrative approach is based upon the Humanistic values of counselling and psychotherapy and allows flexibility to work in a way best suited for each individual by drawing from the harmonious theories of:
The relationship between a counsellor and client is created on a foundation of trust, confidentiality and respect. These foundations offer a safe space where you can express feelings, attitudes and beliefs openly and freely without fear of judgement, so they may be explored fully to bring about understanding and acceptance.
What my clients say
"A great big thank you for helping me to get to know myself, and most of all like myself."
"Thank you for everything, you have helped me get out of a dark place and I will always be grateful for that."
"I will take everything I have explored and talked about with you and know I will be able to cope with and enjoy everything in the future."
Area of Special Interest
I spent several years as a youth counsellor for the NHS (Surrey Youth Counselling Service), working with vulnerable adolescents aged 12-24 in Guildford and the surrounding areas. I have a special interest in working with this age group who increasingly suffer with anxiety and depression due to the pressures and experiences they face.
I currently work for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care as a counsellor providing support to individuals and their families coping with life changing circumstances, terminal illness and bereavement.