Personal and professional experience led me to become a therapist. Professionally, I previously worked in family law; an area of law where people are often highly stressed and experiencing a wide variety of emotions. I found listening to clients' distress an important aspect of that work; an attitude not often shared with other family lawyers. I began to feel that I could better help people as a counsellor than as a lawyer. Personally, I have had my own life experiences with depression, anxiety, stress, burnout, eating disorders, bereavement, grief, loss. Counselling has helped me process what I've experienced and learn new ways to look at things, manage emotions and change behaviour. This life experience has led me to the passion to help others through their own process to find growth, healing and happiness.
There are so many interesting ideas and methods and they all have merit. It's rare that one type of therapy fits everyone and/or every situation. Integrative therapy enables me to combine ideas and methods that consider what will work best for the client. This allows me to tailor the counselling to the client's needs.
I am a friendly and open person with a sincere desire to help. In an initial session, we discuss your counselling needs and what you would like to achieve through counselling. I take some details and together we consider the best way forward for you. Subsequent sessions will involve exploring what is happening in your life, gaining insight into matters and what actions you can take that may help you manage, cope, even resolve the issues arising. This tends to be an organic process that evolves as we work together. I am client focused and believe you know yourself best, at all times respecting your free will to make your own choices.
1. Helping people from diverse backgrounds work through what distresses them. 2. Completing and presenting research in respect of eating disorders in older women. 3. Achieving a first class degree in integrative counselling.