Specialism in working with children and young adults
I became a counsellor due to my work with teenagers within a school environment, observing how a young person can make positive changes in their life by having someone they could talk to and feel heard. My work with adults is based around your needs and what is troubling you at this present time but also helping you to explore the past and how this may have impacted upon your present day. My work with children and young people is structured around a mixture of play, art and talking therapy. I am also trained in Mindfulness practices and find that these help my younger clients, especially with anxiety. Again my work is tailored to suit that child or young person. I have worked with a number of young people around anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders and stress, especially around examination time. I practice in a client led way, our counselling time together will be about what you bring to the sessions.
Specialism in bereavement and addictions
My work with adults is often when you reach a crossroads in life, feeling overwhelmed, stressed or unhappy. Maybe events from the past that you do not realise are causing your feelings today. Exploring & talking through your personal history, relationships, and beliefs, will help us look at how these may be affecting you now. Many issues can be explored in this way, including: anxiety, loss and grief, anger, sexuality, abuse, body image, relationship, or family problems. I have specialised working with bereavement, where I have helped those in need gain an acceptance and understanding of their loss, talking through these feelings and moving on to a different level of grief without closing the door on your loved one. In this area, I also have experience of working with those nearing end of life themselves. My work has also included counselling recovering addicts from drug and alcohol abuse and what this can present for both the addict, their family and friends. I have also worked with survivors of domestic abuse and the challenges they face.
Life Coach & Couples Therapist
I have been working with clients since 2007 in private practice and the NHS. I trained firstly as a counsellor and then as a coach, cognitive hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner. I have fused these four approaches together and created Interpersonal Relationship Coaching (IRC) in order to help my clients not only understand who they are and why they think, feel and do what they do, but then also to put things in place that can help them to move on.
My aim is to help them to overcome their personal blocks to success and be the best version of themselves possible!
I have written my first book on coaching and speak publicly about it around the country.