What to expect

I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy)  I have extensive experience of working in a variety of settings, including School Counselling, GCS (Gloucestershire Counselling Service) and private practice.

I am particularly interested in understanding how our earliest experiences and relationships with others impact our current relationships in daily life. In my therapy work I keep in mind the wider context we live in, and the social and environmental issues that affect our inner worlds.

I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space in which we can jointly explore the difficulties you might be experiencing.

Whatever the problem that you, the client, present, I work with the whole person: together we explore how you experience yourself in relation to others, to the problem, to your values, as well as to me, the therapist. I will be looking for patterns of behaviour that aren't always easy to spot as they often show in parallel situations.  I will also offer interpretations which I like to refer to as 'showing you the mirror'.  My aim is to be objective in the hope that you can learn about yourself realistically. 

 This process invariably takes you back to your childhood when you were dependent on others. This is not to attribute blame, but to understand what influences helped shape you in your early years of development and which still live on in you today. Essentially, the problem does not stand alone but is an aspect of the way you see yourself and your relationship to others.

This therapeutic approach is best suited to those who welcome working collaboratively and are open to being reflective and curious about themselves.