How are you?
- When people ask you how you are, do you always answer "I'm fine" even though you know you're really not?
- Do you feel like you are truly thriving or just existing?
- Have you experienced a life stage transition? At some point we may all experience bereavement, a serious illness, divorce or relationship breakdown, the arrival of a baby, empty nest, retirement, or increasing care responsibilities?
Major changes and challenges happen to us all in life and sometimes navigating your way through them on your own is very difficult. I can offer you a space where you can answer the "how are you" question honestly, where I can support you as you work through the challenges you face.
Would you like to learn how to take better care of yourself?
- How would learning to be kinder, gentler and more compassionate with yourself impact your life?
This is often a key element of my work with clients which can be a hugely important and very beneficial element of counselling. Working with clients to improve their awareness of how they look after themselves in all ways practically, emotionally and psychologically can have a very positive impact on overall wellbeing.
Would you like to make lasting changes in your life?
- Making changes in our lives can often feel overwhelming and we can be held back by a sense of how we have failed to make and maintain changes in the past. Often we push hard for perfection and are too critical and unkind with ourselves; "I must... I have to... I should...I shouldn't..." We say things to ourselves we would never say to a friend or loved one.
- Counselling can help you develop a kinder, more compassionate relationship with yourself and this can lead to real lasting changes.
"Trauma creates change you don't choose. Healing is about creating change you do choose." - Michelle Rosenthal
Why am I a counsellor?
- I was drawn to become a counsellor because of how helpful I found counselling sessions when I was going through a tough time. It helped me get fresh perspective and understanding of my issues from someone outside my 'real' life.
- Opening up and exploring how difficult I was finding things and working out a different way forward with my therapist's support made a big difference to how I was coping with challeges in my life.
- In counselling I found I could talk freely and openly about how life felt for me without worrying about being a burden on friends or loved ones.
- Counselling helped me regain emotional balance and empowered me to take much better care of myself going forward.
Why choose me?
- I am a BACP (British Assosciation of Counselling and Psychotherapy) accredited counsellor, which means I have undertaken additional studies and undergone rigorous assessment and self-reflection to meet their higher standards as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner.
- I describe myself as an integrative therapist. This means my approach is flexible and that each therapeutic relationship is unique and tailored to suit each client.
- I am a warm, friendly and approachable person and I work from a calm, comfortable therapy room in Wickford, Essex within easy reach of Billericay, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Wickford, and surrounding areas.
- I work with individuals on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, in person or online, with the aim of enabling you to learn how to deal with difficulties, enhance your wellbeing and live life more fully on your terms.
As a counsellor I have worked in hospital, hospice and private practice settings with clients who have experienced a wide range of difficulties which include:
- Life Transitions
- Loss and change
- Relationship issues
- Caring responsibilites
- Bereavement and grief
- Cancer and life-limiting illness
My work as a therapist also includes experience of the following issues:
- Parenting issues
- Self Esteem and confidence
- Stress and coping skills
- Chronic illness and chronic pain
- Behavioural issues
- Family conflict
In person or Online?
- In person Therapy: Many people (myself included) prefer counselling sessions to take place in a room with another person away from the pressures of their home or work lives. Having this physical space to visit regularly can be very helpful for clients, allowing them to "leave" some of what troubles them with their therapist, in the therapy room.
- Online Therapy: There is a growing body of evidence that online therapy can be just as effective as face to face. The pandemic was a less than ideal circumstance in which to launch a new service but I was driven by my wish to continue to support the clients during that time. Working online is also a great option for people who are unable to get out to counselling sessions due to ill health or treatment or care responsibilities. It also means clients who don't live in my area are able to access counselling with me.
Where do I work?
- My practice in Wickford is within easy reach of Billericay, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Wickford, Downham, Rettendon, East Hanningfield, Rayleigh, Benfleet, Leigh-on-Sea, South Woodham Ferrers and Danbury. See the How to find me page for further details.
- Together we will explore your way forward. If it sounds like I might be the right counsellor for you then please ring or text to book in a free 20 minute call.
- We will begin to discuss why you are seeking counselling at this time and book in an initial assessment appointment to get a feel for whether we could work together.
- Approaching a counsellor can be nerve wracking but be assured I know this and will try and make the process as comfortable as possible for you.
- I have links with several other therapists in the Essex area so if my practice is full I am happy to refer you on to other professionals I have worked closely with. Alternatively I operate a waiting list if you really feel I am the right therapist for you.
- See my FAQs page for further details.