Coming to counselling is an important step. If you are considering it, then know that you're already doing something positive for yourself, by listening to what you need. It's vital that we know and care for our complex, inner selves, whilst also respecting the outer identity we present to the world and that helps us live day-to-day. Once we begin to acknowledge all parts of ourselves, then we can engage more freely in life and with the people around us -- improving relationships and lowering stress levels.
My aim is to help my clients become curious about, and honest with, themselves. Depending on the person in front of me, I might offer active exploration through creative arts or outdoor wild therapy or else a calm, consistent space in my studio for reflection. The most useful thing I can do is to listen attentively and be an active witness to my clients and that's something I consider a joy and a privilege.
The Guest House by Rumi
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
BSc (Hons) Psychology -- Durham University 1986
Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling -- Middlesex University 2006
Certficate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy -- Metanioa Institute 2011
MA in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy -- Terapia 2012 (incomplete due to family bereavement)
Foundation in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy -- Oxford Mindfulness Centre 2014
Wild Therapy Training -- Embodied Relational Training 2020