- About Me
I qualified as a counsellor in 1991, and undertook further training in Child Psychotherapy and Integrative Arts therapy. I work with individuals and couples as well as children and young people. I also work with families – supporting parents and children, including birth families, blended families, foster and adoptive families, where young people may have complex needs.
In my personal life I am a parent, step-parent and former foster parent of both young children and adolescents.
This range of experience, both professional and personal, enables me to support you with the issues you may bring to our work together.
- What I Offer
I provide counselling and therapy for individuals, couples and children/young people, both long-term and short-term. I also offer workplace counselling.
I offer individual or group supervision for those working with children and young people, on an on-going or occasional basis.
My experience is that we all have the capacity to make positive changes in our lives – what the renowned psychotherapist Carl Rogers called “personal growth”. Whether this involves making major changes, or in making smaller but no less significant changes in the way we manage difficult circumstances, counselling can help us to re-evaluate our situation, to decide what changes we want to make and to tap into our capacity to make them, so that we can increase our well-being and self-confidence.
In my work I draw on the basic principles of Carl Rogers – that of respect for each individual and their capacity for change. It is essentially an optimistic and positive way to work, and the quality of the relationship between therapist and client is more important than any particular “technique”. (This is why it is important to meet a therapist before making a decision about longer-term work. You need to be confident that this therapist is a “good fit” for you, and that you will feel comfortable working with them and sharing sensitive information).
I also draw on other aspects of my training, where this will benefit you. These include T.A. (Transactional Analysis), Integrative Arts, Gestalt and Solution-Focussed Therapy. For instance using creative arts can help us to unblock emotions and ideas that may be difficult to express in words, and if you agree, may include art, sand-tray work and writing.
- How it Works
Some of the problems I can help you with include:
Relationship problems – at home, at work or socially
Abuse – sexual, physical and emotional abuse, whether current or in the past
Emotional issues – anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement and loss.
Workplace issues – work-related stress, redundancy
Family and child-related issues; behaviour problems, bullying, parenting conflicts, fostering and adoption.
Health-related issues and changes related to ageing
- Specialist Area of Expertise
I specialise in providing support to parents and families, and in providing clinical supervision for child therapists and front-line staff working with young people, within the child care services, the education service and residential and foster care sectors.
- Opening Times
You are welcome to email me at any time, or to telephone me between the hours of 10am to 7pm, seven days a week. If I’m not immediately available to take your call, please leave me a message, and I will call you back as soon as I can. I aim to respond to all calls and emails within 24 hours.
I have a Diploma in Counselling, and further training in child therapy and creative arts therapy.
I also hold the following qualifications:
B.A. (Open University)
Cert Ed. (teaching qualification)
Counselling Skills in the Development of Learning (RSA)
Redwood Trainers’ Diploma (Personal Effectiveness Training)
Youth Worker Certificate
Home Inventory Practitioner (Child & Family Training)
- Prof Bodies
I am a registered member of BACP (the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and am bound by their Codes of Ethics and Practice (available on the BACP website).
I am a member of the Therapists’ Network
I have a clear Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) with update – i.e. the criminal record check that enables me to offer services to children and young people.
- Online/Telephone sessions?
- Other Useful Information...
I currently practise in Ashford, Canterbury and Gravesend. All these venues are easily accessible (ground floor, or with a lift) and with on-site parking (although not all have wheelchair access – please check).
- Are you mobile?