EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
I use an integrative approach to my counselling practise which means I draw on different psychological theories and skills in my work, rather than having just one specialism. I believe this allows for flexibility and enables me to tailor my approach to you depending on your needs as my client. You set the focus of our work and together we work through your concerns to find a path forward that feels right to you. Most importantly though, I listen always with kindness, acceptance and without judgment.
Before I became a counsellor I worked as a solicitor in a busy city firm. I left the legal profession to follow my passion for helping people. The experience I have had as a solicitor not only allows me to bring a professionalism to my work but also a first-hand understanding of the pressures a person in a corporate environment may be under. This has helped to inform my understanding of the pressures anyone might feel at any time of their life.
I have spent a number of years working within the NHS CAMHS supporting young people and adults through difficult periods in their life.
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Common Professional Examination and Legal Practice Course
BSc Politics and Sociology
Registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)
Who I work with
There is no one "type" of person that I work with and my clients range from young people to mature people of any age.
Often my clients are experiencing stress, depression, anxiety, loneliness, low self esteem or bereavement or any combination of these. They come from all walks if life but are usually united by a desire to make positive changes to their wellbeing and to gain a greater understanding of themselves.
My own professional background has given me an insight into the pressures experienced by those in professional jobs as well as the stresses that everyday life can bring.
Counselling is for anyone who would like to understand themselves better and make a change in their lives. Often people find that by tracing an issue back and exploring it more can help change behaviours or see things differently and make a positive change.
How Counselling works
I offer an initial free of charge phone call to talk through your needs and what you want to get from counselling. We can then decide if we feel we would like work together and can book an appointment for a formal session.
Sessions can be face to face in the Solihull Wellbeing Centre
I also offer services over the phone or Zoom/online depending on your preference.
Each session lasts 50 minutes and costs £45.
I am available during week days, Mon-Friday, 9am - 5pm.