I am an accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor in private practice and work with non-judgment and compassion to support my clients to facilitate change, growth and move forward to a place of recovery and hope.
You may be feeling anxious, stressed or depressed, and generally noticing yourself lacking motivation and not enjoying activities that used to bring you pleasure. Possibly you are struggling in your relationships or overwhelmed at work, feeling angry a lot of the time. Your coping strategies may be increasingly unhelpful, and manifesting in self-harm, eating issues, or substance abuse. You may be in a coercive relationship feeling trapped or unable to deal with abuse you suffered in the past.
I frequently help professionals and business leaders who are personally struggling with stress and anxiety, caused not only by the demands of their roles, but also compounded by having to manage exceptional external challenges.
My specialisation is bereavement and loss in all its forms, since 2005 when I managed the Johannesburg branch of The Compassionate Friends, a support organisation for bereaved parents. Loss takes other forms such as difficulties faced following losing a job, perhaps your home, or possibly a relationship.
Over the past few years, I have noticed a growing number of clients struggling with compulsive sexual behaviours, hence I sought specialist diploma level training in sex addiction. I have also seen an increase in those who are impacted by a partner’s actions seeking support to process painful emotions from the shock of finding out, and to help them insight into sex addiction. Young people are also very much affected having grown up with the internet and all it has to offer.
Following on from 13 years’ experience as a secondary school teacher, I have a special affinity for working with young people, and recognise the emotional challenges that can hinder the development of their full potential. It’s a struggle for all of us to make our mark, and so how much harder must it be when you are still trying to work out who you are, what you want and what is important to you? Stresses of school, peer groups, social media, family problems and physical changes can leave a young person feeling isolated, scared, worried and overwhelmed, and this is often combined with feeling it all needs to be masked. Sometimes this may result in finding an outlet through actions such as self-harming, or even contemplating suicide when things feel too much.
I appreciate that taking the first step to seek counselling can be daunting. My aim is to help you feel at ease so you feel free to talk about sensitive issues without feeling judged or shamed. The counselling profession is a privileged one and I am passionate about helping people empower themselves and manage their lives in healthier, more productive ways.
What you share remains strictly confidential and I will explain any limitations to this when we meet.
I also am experienced in online counselling via platforms such as Skype, Zoom, & FaceTime, and have both national and international clients.
I am an affiliate of numerous Employee Assisted Programs (EAPs) including BUPA, AXA PPP Healthcare, Optum, CareFirst & Victim’s Support.
I consider what I do an absolute privilege and am greatly respectful of the trust clients place in me. I understand how difficult it can be to share private thoughts with someone you don’t really know, especially if you’ve never had therapy before.
Counselling needs to feel safe and empowering and in this I am committed to helping you in your emotional distress. Together we will help you identify underlying causes and help you find healthier ways of coping.
My consulting room is in a quiet leafy street with ample free parking, 5 minutes from bus routes and a 15 minute walk from Bournemouth train station. There is Disabled access.