"It is the relationship that heals" - Irvin D. Yalom
I provide a space for you to be seen, heard, and understood; a relationship that encourages exploration, insight, acceptance, and change.
Why come to see a counsellor?
We all experience difficulties at one time or another. It could be that our relationships aren’t all we'd like them to be. Or perhaps we feel anxious, depressed, lonely, or we’re grieving a loss. Perhaps we behave in ways that we'd rather not, or that we don't understand. Or maybe life has lost its meaning, we've lost our sense of direction, feel stuck, or just don't know who we are any more.
Counselling offers a safe, confidential space in which to explore such issues in relationship with someone who is skilled, non-judgemental, and really there for you. A space in which to come to terms with things, and allow them to change for the better.
Counselling generally works best on a weekly basis. Short term therapy for specific issues may last for a few months, while deeper work may continue for several years.
What kind of a therapist am I?
I became a counsellor in my 40s, and bring all of my life’s experience into my work with clients.
I’m primarily a person-centred counsellor, integrating Buddhist, Jungian and psychodynamic understanding into my approach to helping others. I love deep, life-changing work; exploring what it is to be human, and, in particular, how it is to be you. I aim to enter as authentically as I can into relationship with my clients. In my experience, the understanding and change you seek can be found in such a therapeutic relationship.
I qualified at Bath Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy. During my four and a half years of training, I gained valuable experience in counselling agency placement. I now work exclusively in my own private practice. I am experienced at working with a wide range of issues, and have particular specialism in trauma and addiction.
I'm happy to work with you in-person (Bedminster, South Bristol, BS3), or remotely (by Zoom or telephone).
I'm a member of BACP, and abide by their Ethical Framework.
I’m fully insured, and DBS checked.
I offer a free 50-minute, initial session, so you can find out whether I’m the right counsellor for you. If you decide that you’d like to go on to have therapy with me, I then charge £55 for 50-minute sessions.
I offer several low-cost sessions a week. Please feel free to ask about this if my normal fee is more than you can afford.