Counselling involves talking through the concerns you have and your experiences with someone who listens intently. This deep listening helps build a relationship where you feel safe and heard, where you can be helped to understand your experience fully. Counselling can be really helpful if you feel shame or guilt about your experience as it can help you understand what has happened and your response.
When we are struggling to cope with our life challenges, having someone to talk to confidentially and who accepts what we have to say, without judging can be very healing. Too often we can feel "I should..." or "I shouldn't...." and talking about our honest feelings and thoughts can help us to really understand what we, ourselves, truly feel and want.
Knowing what you want and understanding more about your challenges can help you to implement changes you might like to try and supports you through difficult feelings and changes. Counsellors are there to support you as you make changes.
I am a student Counsellor and am currently already qualified to level 3, working towards a Level 4 as an integrative therapist. My experience is diverse but I have an additional qualification from Cruse Bereavement Service, in Bereavement Support. My counselling interest is in supporting those struggling with unwelcome change and loss (including relationships, job, power and control (for example from bullying or abuse), loss of wealth or personal health, divorce, grief and bereavement).
I enjoy helping clients to manage anxiety from these challenging life events and to overcome overwhelm so that they can find a happier future. I have a lived experience of a cocktail of these events myself, within a short period of time. My experience was consistent with complex trauma, which with Mindfulness, tapping and talking therapies, I was able to find my way through. I am now both stronger and wiser.
I really believe that everyone needs a safe space to explore and process our real thoughts, feelings and experiences and to find acceptance just as we are. We need help to soothe our emotions, thoughts and reactions as we go along this journey of life with all its challenges. I help clients to notice and be aware and how our thoughts and feelings tell us right now what is helpful. I also share ideas of strategies such as grounding to help clients process strong emotions. I share knowledge and am currently working on research of how psycho-education, alongside counselling, can reduce shame and suffering.
I can support clients to 'feel' their truths, not only cognitively but also in their bodies through mindful awareness, if this is something clients are interested in.
My work is trauma informed and I am complimented often that people feel safe around me to be fully honest and themselves.
I am interested in walking and talking therapy and forest bathing to help build connection with nature and eco-psychotherapeutic mindfulness techniques, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and TRE (Tension Stress and Trauma Release Therapy). These can be incorporated into work too.
I work from home in Malvern or by Zoom. 1:1 mindfulness sessions are available and can be booked for immediate start, pending availability - please see the page on therapeutic mindfulness for further information. I am fully insured to practice and a student member of the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society. I have a qualified supervisor as a student counsellor who supervises my counselling work. I volunteer for Cruse.
I can refer you to a qualified counsellor if you are looking for a counsellor as I do not yet take private clients as I am on final placement. I do however offer the mindfulness/EFT sessions.