I began counselling in 2012 and one of my first placements whilst studying towards my gestalt diploma was at a rape counselling centre.
Working with gestalt focuses on the “here and now” and is the main approach I use with my clients today.
Gestalt therapy can help to increase your self-awareness by exploring your thoughts, feelings and actions which might be restricting you in your life. Regular sessions will help us build a trusting relationship enabling us to work together and recognise patterns from your past experiences that may be preventing you from moving forward.
Sometimes talking can be difficult and you may not have the right words to express how you feel, in these instances I might invite you to try a creative therapy approach. Creative therapy isn’t about building a masterpiece but by using objects such as buttons, stones or clay which can help open new avenues for us to explore.
Alongside my private practice I work as a clinical lead for a foster care agency and as a tutor at a local college. Qualified to work with children and adults my counselling experience has been gained in a variety of organisations. This includes counselling individuals in a rape counselling service, in a specialist school supporting children with profound and multiple disabilities and as a trauma therapist working alongside children's services. I have worked for the NHS as a maternity counsellor supporting individuals with birth trauma and anxiety relating to pregnancy and/or childbirth. With a B.A (Hons) degree in midwifery I have a particular interest in supporting individuals who have experienced birth trauma as well as working with medical professionals in this area too. I am also a counsellor on the accredited register for the Foundation for Infant Loss.