Children (3+), adolescents, adults.
Areas of Special Interest
Children (age 3+), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, LGBTQ+ clients, Gender Identity/Sexuality, Trauma, Survivors of Sexual Violence and Abuse, Survivors of Child Abuse/Neglect, Personality Disorders, Anxiety, Depression.
I have been working as a counsellor providing individual counselling for over three years. I have completed additional training and am experienced in working therapeutically with people on the Autism Spectrum (including Aspergers' syndrome), ADHD and learning difficulties. I am also experienced in working with LGBTQ clients, offering affirmative therapy.
My Approach to Working with Children/Adolescents:
I completed specialised training in the field of child and adolescent psychotherapy, so I am qualified to work safely and ethically with children and young people Counselling/psychotherapy for children and young people means that the therapist meets the child or adolescent one-on-one, for individual psychotherapy sessions - usually weekly for one hour (50-60 minutes). Parents and care-givers are not present during the sessions.
I offer a safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment to enable my clients to work through whatever they wish to look at.
I am humanistic and psychodynamic in my approach, which means that while I believe that our childhood and early experiences have a significant impact on us, I also believe that these can be changed and re-written at any point in our lives. Additionally, I believe that the relationship between client and therapist (the therapeutic relationship) is the strongest healing force within therapy.
I welcome people from all walks of life; I will not make assumptions about you based on your sex, age, colour, race, disability, sexuality, social, economic or immigration status, lifestyle, religious or cultural beliefs.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Psychotherapist
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
- Master of Arts (Clinical and Health Psychology)
- Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Counselling)
- Master of Science (Integrative Psychotherapy)
Background and Experience
I have been working as a counsellor providing individual counselling for adults (aged 18 to 70+) for over four years, and with children and young people (ages 3-18) for over three years.
Prior to becoming a counsellor, I worked at an Addiction Rehabilitation Support Service in the public health sector for over two years. I also have experience of working with children living in care and volunteering at a local LGBTQ Centre.
I offer supervision to counsellors working with adults, adolescents and children.
In supervision, I believe it is important to establish a strong working alliance, so that potentially difficult and personal aspects of the work can be examined and sensitively explored. This is important as often such detailed and deep reflection is necessary for professional development to take place.
My approach is integrative and relational, relying mainly on psychodynamic and humanistic theories (relational psychoanalysis, self-psychology, Klein’s object-relations theory and relational Gestalt/existential psychotherapy (as per Buber and Spinelli).
Although I use mainly psychodynamic and humantistic approaches in my own work, I also have a background in CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) and transactional analysis. I have also completed additional training in mindfulness-based stress-reduction (MBSR).
I am happy to supervise counsellors working in any modality or style – however, the way I work will inevitably influence how I formulate about clients brought to me in supervision – so if you want to stay within the boundaries of your own modality only, I may not be the right supervisor for you.