As a previous client in counselling, I learned how amazing the process can be. My experience pulled me towards becoming a counsellor. I can relate to my clients having sat in 'the other chair' many times and felt the impact of being accepted and heard, and having my feelings validated. There is more to counselling than that, but these elements in the relationship form the foundation of how I work.
I am a qualified therapeutic counsellor. You will find me on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, a public record of therapists who meet the required standards for registration - No: 50989
I trained at Reading College and then at Amersham & Wycombe College, where I qualified for a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. Over the past 15 years I have been supporting Number 5 Young People's Counselling Service providing counselling sessions to young people of Reading.
I’ve experienced various work environments for many years. Besides being a private practice counsellor, I counsel students within a secondary school. I also have experience working in the corporate finance sector. This gives me a wider understanding of working practices, the pressures of the work/life balancing act and the impact this can have on wellbeing.
I work in a person-centered way, meaning the client leads the way during the therapy. I will work with you to help bring focus on areas which have been highlighted as difficult, and I will share my observations, challenge where appropriate, but will respect your need to go at your own pace. I will be open and genuine, and hope that this allows you to explore your difficulties in a way which is meaningful to you.
In my private practice I enjoy working with young people (14+) and adult clients from different cultural backgrounds and from various age groups. I help clients with problems such as; anxiety, depression, grief, anger, low self-esteem, relationship breakdown, and stress. Whatever is going on for you, my aim is to always support you in gaining a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes. In turn, this will allow you to discover the right solutions.
If you're unsure how counselling works, feel free to get in touch to ask any questions.