As a counsellor I aim to help you understand the difficulties you experience and manage your life more successfully. I provide a confidential place where you can feel supported, accepted, and safe enough to begin to talk about yourself. In working together, I will use my knowledge and experience as a counsellor to support you with whatever brought you to counselling so that a way forward may become clearer to you.
I will not be shocked by secrets or worries you may struggle with. I offer empathy and understanding, but also explanations based on my knowledge of different therapeutic theories, so that you can gain a better understanding of yourself and your feelings.
Counselling success, I find, is closely linked to the quality of the relationship established between myself and my client and building a good rapport with the people I work with is central to my work.
My counselling experience includes working with people who have suffered from bereavement, abuse, trauma, depression, struggles with addiction, anger management and relationship difficulties. Other people come to see me because of something less specific, perhaps a persistent feeling of anxiety or stress, or being stuck on a treadmill of repeating problems.
I work from a peaceful room, situated on the edge of Purdown, but also close to the M32 and easily accessible from Bristol city centre. There are a number of buses that stop close by and there is also free parking in the street. I try to provide affordable counselling as I recognise that these are difficult economic times for many people and I offer a free 30 minute introductory counselling session.
I am a university qualified counsellor and have experience of working in several different counselling agencies in Bristol. I am a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and on the BACP Register, and closely adhere to their Code of Ethics. I have quite a varied background which includes teaching, advocacy, advice work and video making.
I am very sorry but at the moment my practice room is up one flight of stairs and so not wheelchair accessible. I do my best to accommodate people with disabilities and am very happy to talk about how I can make my practice accessible to you.