Further information about counselling
My core counselling and psychotherapy training is in person-centred/humanistic and psychodynamic approaches. This means I can support you to explore present circumstances and relationships, as well as factors and experiences from the past that may be influencing you.
In recent years I have deepened my therapeutic skills further to include mind-body, somatic approaches such as:
These offer rapid, complementary, gentle, non-intrusive and effective ways to reduce symptoms such as anxiety and distress, as well as a variety of trauma symptoms - often without the need for words.
Emotional Freedom Technique and Energy Psychotherapy have recently been acknowledged in research as an effective treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and recommended for further research by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE): (https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng116/chapter/Recommendations-for-research).
I have a strong belief in the possibility of recovery from trauma and loss (in childhood or more recently), and I have specialised in developing in-depth knowledge and skills that can help you to come to terms with past events and to heal. I continue to work in services that focus on this important area. Trauma and loss can impact us in many ways, such as mental and physical health difficulties, or on our relationships, for example with regard to trust and safety.
I believe we do our best at each stage in our life, and that our past experiences, traumas, fears, self-beliefs or hurts impact on this. Together we can look at ways you want to develop, explore what is holding you back, and support you to move forward with courage.
Ultimately, counselling is an individual journey, often bringing greater understanding, an increase in confidence and hope, and a sense of wholeness, or 'becoming ourself' - and all the relief and greater calm that this can bring.