What I Offer
I am a fully qualified counsellor working in the St. Andrews and Cotham areas of Bristol, and a Registered member of BACP (MBACP Reg)
I offer a safe, confidential and containing 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 have expanded on descriptions of each modality that I use in my practice below...
Qualifications and Experience
I hold a Diploma in Integrative Counselling (PGDip) from UWE Bristol and a Certificate in Counselling from Birkbeck University. I have worked in a variety of settings with young people and adults in Bristol and South Glos. Most recently at Mind, Bristol, alongside my Private Practice. Research interests include Trauma and Eating Disorders as well as Perinatal mental health. I take part in regular professional development, the more recent of which include Sandtray therapy and Family Constallations Therapy. I am also undertaking training in Internal Family Systems - a wonderful way of understanding and integrating the various parts of ourselves.
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 thousands of pounds for charities nationwide. I have held contracts in financial services roles and also worked with young homeless people in North London and as a support worker to young mums.
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.