Covid 19 update: I am now recommencing some in- person counselling sessions with certain clients. I also continue to be available to clients by phone. If you have any queries with regards to this please contact me using the above details.
I am an integrative therapist and I am trained to work across several different modalities meaning I will utilise what is required based on your individual needs. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and so I adhere to the standards and ethical codes of their organisation.
I support clients experiencing a range of difficulties and have worked with issues including but not limited to stress, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, trauma, and addiction.
I am particularly interested in the formative experiences and unconscious processes which have helped to create the shape of our current-day lives.
'' Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it''
PRACTICE & FEES
My counselling room can be found in a discrete yet convenient location in Alnwick town centre. I also practice from the Belford surgery on Fridays. Sessions, including the initial consultation, are charged at £40 and last 50 minutes.
The Initial Consultation
I consider our first session an initial consultation for both of us. I would encourage you to view this time as “no strings attached,” an opportunity to learn more about me and my practice. By the end of the evaluation, I will be able to offer you a first impression of what our work will involve if you choose to continue therapy. Because therapy involves a significant commitment of time, money, and energy, it is important to take your time to select a therapist who is right for you. If we determine I am a good fit for you, we will schedule a follow-up appointment. If, however, we determine I am not the right fit for you, for whatever reason, I am always happy to provide referrals to other providers in the community.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE?
I am a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor, I attained my diploma in May 2018 with distinction. My training included working for the NHS offering therapy to G.P patients and also to older clients in a care home setting.
As a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, I am committed to regular training and development throughout the year.
My academic background was reading Philosophy and Italian at Leeds University where I developed a belief that we make sense of ourselves through our narratives of our lives and the world.
HOW LONG WILL I BE IN THERAPY?
I work both long term and short term with clients. I usually offer 6 sessions to begin. We then review our work and if we have reached our agreed goals we will plan an ending session. If more sessions are needed I will offer an open ended contract.
DOES THERAPY WORK?
This is a very valid question and one that I have pondered on during my training. As valid as this question is, it is hard to find a straightforward evidence based answer, even when exploring the research on this subject.
In my experience of working with clients in private practice, within the NHS and on my various placements, therapy can achieve incredible results but is only one step towards mental health well being.
Therapy requires work and commitment, on both the client's and therapist’s side. It needs patience and time, like any developing relationship.
Regardless of the answer, it is an important question and kept in mind for the duration of the work. Perhaps a better question or evaluation point is 'how can we keep therapy working' for you.
"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate"
I welcome you to contact me with any questions you may have or to book a session. I endeavour to respond to all correspondence within 24hours.