MY APPROACH

PERSON-CENTRED COUNSELLING

My favourite quote from Carl Rogers is; “the curious paradox is that when I accept myself as I am, I change.” This form of counselling is based upon creating a setting where you feel unconditionally accepted, where every part of your experience is unique and valuable. Learning about yourself in this setting alone can allow you to experience yourself without the layers, or ‘conditions of worth’ from the past which may have felt restrictive, resulting in outdated patterns of behaviour or unhelpful emotions. This form of counselling believes that we each have the innate drive and ability within us to be well and healthy and that the counselling setting facilitates this natural ability already within us. Person Centred therapy focuses on an individual's self-worth and values. Being valued as a person, without being judged, can help an individual to accept who they are, and reconnect with themselves or parts of themselves that have felt lost for a long time. 

A PRACTICAL APPROACH

I draw upon practical resources from approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Cognitive Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness that allows our work to be dynamic, collaborative, and creative in order to bring about meaningful and positive change. These techniques focus on teaching you to make a simple yet radical shift in relationship to the thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations that contribute to what we understand as depression and anxiety and many other problems. By adopting some of this evidence-based practice we can learn to step out of the habitual automatic patterns of mind that can arise at times of stress to enable us to take a different approach, to free us of unhelpful, out-dated patterns and give you resources with a new understanding that enhance this reframing which you can then utilise at any given moment.

YOU ARE THE EXPERT

My approach starts with this empowering concept; that we have everything we need within us to create the life we want to live; every person has the innate drive and ability to be psychologically healthy and well. You inherently have a natural healing process within yourself.  Yet sometimes this ability or natural state becomes blocked and loaded with outdated patterns of thinking and behaviour. My role as a counsellor is to aid in the creation of a robust and genuine relationship with you and to help free this natural healing process so that you can progress beyond present barriers. Social and emotional isolation, denial, lack of clarity, lack of awareness of feelings, limiting self-doubt and self-rejection are typical examples of such barriers. The intention is to reduce the sense of fear and build trust in your own experience, which will ultimately release you from their misplaced and powerful negative hold.

MY BACKGROUND

I originally started in the film production industry and after the progression to a junior producer, I felt increasingly dissatisfied and disconnected from myself and the world around me. I completely reassessed my direction and work purpose after having children and have greatly enjoyed re-training and working as a counsellor in various settings since 2011.

I am fully committed to working with clients in an ethical, professional way and I am a fully insured member of three regulating bodies; the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, Accredited Member (BACP), National Hypnotherapy Council (NCH), and Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy Practitioners Association (QCHPA). 

QUALIFICATIONS & CPD 

Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Counselling BACP Accredited (MBACP Accred)

  • Cognitive Hypnotherapy Diploma (DipChyp)

  • National Council of Hypnotherapy Diploma (HPD)

 

Other Experience: 

  • Marie Stopes International Sessional Counsellor  London W1 and SW2

  • Place 2 Be School Counsellor Enfield EN1

  • CCI&W Bereavement Counsellor London NW3

Further training & CPD:

  • Trauma: Psychopathology & Treatment SDS Seminars BPS Approved 

  • Compassion Focussed Therapy Module SDS Seminars BPS Approved

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Module SDS Seminars BPS Approved

  • Mindfulness Module SDS Seminars, BPS Approved 

  • CBT Introductory Course SDS Seminars, BPS Approved 

  • Teaching Clients to Use Mindfulness SDS Seminars, BPS Approved 

  • Experiential Intro in Mindfulness-Based Cog Therapy Mindfulness Training Ltd 

  • Certificate in Counselling Skills  CPCAB

  • Certificate in Counselling Theory CPCAB