What I Offer
I am a fully qualified counsellor working in the Clifton/Whiteladies area of Bristol, and a Registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP Reg) and Play Therapy UK (PTUK)
I offer a safe and confidential and space to explore whatever it is you would like to bring.
I work to a Relational, Integrative model. In practice this means that I bring my whole authentic self to each client relationship to create a secure base and bring about change. A curious and creative mind is something that I bring to each and every session, whether it be integrating a counselling theory or inviting you to discuss dreams or use visualisations or art materials to get closer to your unconscious self. I may also draw attention to where emotions are held within the body in an effort to get closer to unconscious patterns and traumas.
I have expanded on descriptions of each modality that I use in my practice below...
Person-centred work involves completely accepting the person in front of you for who they are and going with them wherever they want to take you. There are 3 main aspects to working in a person-centred modality, the first is to empathise with your client, the second is to regard them with unconditional positivity and the third is to be entirely authentic with them - to bring my whole self.
Working in a Gestalt way involves the theory that what happens in the present moment in the counselling room is indicative of behaviours and themes outside the counselling room. Practically speaking, this means I could draw on what is happening in the relationship between us or perhaps how you're feeling in the here and now of the room. In gestalt therapy, self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential.
The aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals to unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, which are too difficult for the conscious mind to process. Essentially, we are looking at how your past may be affecting your present.
Qualifications and Experience
I hold a Diploma in Integrative Counselling (PGDip) from UWE Bristol and a Certificate in Counselling from Birkbeck University. Additional training and areas of interest include: Infertility Counselling, Internal Family Systems (an embodied way of working with trauma held within our bodies and integrating the various 'parts' of ourselves), Narcissistic traits and emotional abuse, (particularly on the adult children of narcissistic parents). The Effects of Alcoholism on Families, The Rewind Technique, Gender Awareness, Working with Shame and Sandtray Therapy. I am currently undergoing a Post-Grad Certificate in Therapeutic Play and learning to work with children alongside my work with adults.
I have worked in a variety of settings with young people and adults in Bristol and South Glos. Most recently at The Priory and at Bristol Mind where I assisted in co-ordinating and supervising the Bristol MindLine and MindLine Trans+ emotional support lines. As well as training volunteers as listeners.
In my pre-counselling life I have completed a degree in English Literature and Film Studies (BA Hons) and worked in the charity sector, helping to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities nationwide. I have managed projects in financial services roles and have also worked with young homeless people in North London, and as a support worker to young mums.