My passion is helping people heal
Throughout the course of my life, nothing has given me more joy than being helpful to others. Long before I became a child protection social worker, I found motivation in helping others in whatever ways I could. I worked with refugees applying for asylum, in development work in Africa, with prisoners supporting them before release, for the probation service with high risk offenders, as Pastoral Leader at an International School in Bangkok and I advocated for people with mental health issues. These experiences taught me the value of listening, of being compassionate and non judgemental and have led me to develop my skills in family support and child therapy.
I am committed to the value of the fundamental uniqueness of every individual. All people, regardless of race, colour, age, nationality, gender identity (including transgender and non-binary status), religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, and political affiliation, will be treated with respect and dignity when participating in my services.
- MA in Counselling - due 2020
- MSc Social Work (children and families)
- Trained in Person Centred Counselling, Solution Focussed Brief Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Certificate in Existential Therapy
- iPGCE (International Post Graduate Certificate in Education)
Continuing Professional Development
As a Registered American Counselling Association member, I have a requirement from my governing body to keep myself professionally up to date. To maintain a high quality of therapeutic work I also undergo regular Clinical Supervision where I talk about my client work and what I could improve upon. My supervisor is bound by the same ethical and professional code as me. Any client work I talk about in supervision is always anonymous and non-identifiable - it can be about how I am feeling, about getting a second opinion or about discussing a particular approach of therapy.
I also have personal therapy to learn more about myself so that I can be a better counsellor by being more fully present with you.
Solution focussed therapy
Solution-focused therapy is an approach to psychotherapy based on solution-building rather than problem-solving. It acknowledges present problems and past causes but mainly explores your current resources and future hopes - helping you to look forward and use your own strengths to achieve your goals.
Although solution-focused therapy is considered a time-limited approach, it is often incorporated into other long-term therapy types and effects can be long-lasting. The therapy is based on seven basic philosophies and assumptions.
- Change is both constant and certain
- Emphasis on what is changeable and possible
- A person must want to change
- You are the expert and outline your own goals
- You have resources and your own strengths to solve and overcome your problems
- Therapy is short-term
- Focus on the future - history is not essential
Read more about solution focussed therapy on here
Cognitive behavioural therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy; it is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.
CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle.
CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts. You are shown how to change these negative patterns to modify behaviour.
Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.
The course of treatment usually lasts for between five and 20 sessions, with each session lasting 30-60 minutes.
Read more about cognitive behaviour therapy on here
I like to focus on a person’s individual nature, rather than categorizing groups of people with similar characteristics as having the same problems. I look at the whole person, not only from the therapist’s view but from the viewpoint of individuals observing their own behaviour. The emphasis is on your positive traits and behaviours, and the ability to use your personal instincts to find wisdom, growth, healing, and fulfillment within yourself.
This approach can be used to treat depression, anxiety, panic disorders, personality disorders, addiction, and relationship issues, including family relationships. People with low self esteem, who are having trouble finding their purpose or reaching their true potential, who lack feelings of “wholeness,” who are searching for personal meaning, or who are not comfortable with themselves as they are, may also benefit from humanistic therapy.
This is a form of talk therapy which explores how a person feels in the here and now, rather than trying to identify past events that led to these feelings. Additionally, I provide an atmosphere of support, empathy, and trust that allows the individual to share their feelings without fear of judgement.
This approach does not tell you how to be a parent but provides you with a toolbox of ideas and strategies. How you use them is entirely up to you; it is about finding what works best for you and your child.
It helps you to:
- Raise happy, confident kids
- Manage misbehaviour so everyone in the family enjoys life more
- Set rules and routines that everyone respects and follows
- Encourage behavior you like
- Take care of yourself as a parent
- Feel confident you’re doing the right thing