I initially trained as a psychodynamic counsellor and have worked for more than 12 years supporting adults and young people. I have completed 8 years post qualifications, developing techniques and further skills via Continuous Professional Development, integrating this learning give rise to me considering my practice to be integrative.
Further learning has allowed me to raise low self esteem, deal with challenging behaviours, and use a number of interventions to aid and help individuals overcome emotional resistance, please see list below.
My initial work was with Sure Start Centre’s in Doncaster and Sheffield, working with parents and children. I have also worked with 18 plus clients in the Sheffield IAPT service within a GP practice.
My current work with children and young people in school, adults in private practice has enabled me to adopt a common sense, simple approach to my work. I therefore avoid intellectualisation and jargon wherever possible.
I use skills learned from training and continuous development to assist the process, such as a sand tray used to look at fears and feelings, new perspectives and change.
Personally I have chosen not to specialise, but have a specific interest in general mental health. I have two children and strive to learn and develop ways of keeping them safe both physically and emotionally. I endeavour also to achieve this for all the people I work with.
Many of the people I have worked with report to have felt supported in a non-judgmental environment.
I understand the first step seeking counselling is hard, if you have sought support, you may not know how to effect change it’s at this point we explore choices.
Adults and children alike, when issues arise, may feel stuck not knowing which life choices we should make? We may be frozen in unhelpful friendships in dead-end relationships, working situations and not have the tools or the energy to make changes.
In exploring what’s going on for you we may look at your stressful or emotional feelings, helping you to see things more clearly, possibly from a different view-point. This can enable you to focus on feelings, experiences or behaviour, with a goal to facilitating positive change, working within a relationship of trust.
As a Christian I’m open to working with issues related to faith religion and spirituality, I am able to integrate these elements into my practice this can be an aid to personal and spiritual growth giving you the opportunity to have a holistic look at your life in a safe environment.
- Faith/ exploring faith issues
- Infant loss
- Relationship Problems
- Career and life Choices
- Coping with grief and trauma
- Lack of self confidence or esteem
- Academic difficulties
- Anger issues
- Work related stress
- Bullying and harassment
- Anxiety and depression
- Family issues
- Sexual assault
- Physical and verbal abuse
- Exam anxiety
- Transgender issues
- Body Dysmorphic conditions
- GAD General Anxiety Disorder
- Self Harm/ing behaviours
Higher Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
Certificate in Child and Adolescent Skills
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate in Counselling Theory
Certificate in Social Studies.
Member of the Association of Christian Counsellors (MACC)
MHFA England Instructor Accreditation Status Approved.
Enhanced Certificate Criminal Records (DBS) checked
Accredited Infant Loss Counselling Professional