I practise as an integrative psychotherapist and counsellor, which means that I work with a variety of therapeutic techniques and methods to suit the individuality of my clients. This might include the use of creative materials and resources, which can sometimes really help people to express themselves, especially when the subject matter is very difficult or confusing. I work with couples, adults, teenagers, children and parents.
I believe that therapy gives you the opportunity to understand more about yourself and your relationships with others and gives you the chance to look at your life and your circumstances through a different lens. The success of the process lies within the therapeutic relationship and being able to express your deepest concerns in a safe and supportive environment. I believe that everyone has a natural drive towards contentment and fulfilment but there may be many obstacles and suffering along the way and sometimes these can be difficult to define and understand. Therapy can help you to identify and understand more clearly the issues you are facing and so start to think differently and make positive changes to your life.
I have previously worked as a secondary school teacher before training to become a child and adolescent therapist. I have then expanded my practice into work with adults and couples. I have an MEd in The Theory and Application of Counselling from Cambridge University and an MA in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling from Middlesex University. I have a Diploma in Couples Therapy from the Relational Academy. I have a great love of horses and have trained with EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) to enable me to use equine therapy when working with individuals and groups. I am a fully accredited member of the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
Seeing a therapist is an opportunity for you to invest in yourself and your emotional wellbeing. Problems that people bring to counselling include anxiety, low self-esteem, low mood and depression, stress, anger, problems at home or at work, eating disorders, addiction, relationship problems, family issues, bereavement, gender issues, sexuality, personal development issues and desire for change.
You will be able to talk about your concerns in a confidential, understanding, trustworthy and supportive environment and together we will explore your difficulties to help you understand what is happening for you emotionally and how you can look at your circumstances through a fresh lens and experiment with new ideas and solutions. I will be looking to work with you in a way that suits you and helps you to get the most from each session.
The length of the work will depend on your requirements and can range from just one or two sessions, a period of six sessions, or often longer.
Fee: £80 per session
Couples counselling can help you when you are experiencing difficulties in an intimate relationship. The therapeutic space can provide a safe and confidential environment for both of you to explore your relationship and to look at the dynamics from an independent view point.
Reasons people come to couples counselling include having different needs within the relationship, lack of communication, betrayal or affair, lack of trust, financial issues, relocation issues, work related stress, family conflicts, different parenting styles, differing sexual needs and life changes.
Working with an experienced therapist will enable you to explore these issues in a supportive environment without the need for conflict. Established patterns within your relationship can be explored and understood, giving you the opportunity to change the way you communicate with eachother.
Fee: £90 per session
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT THERAPY
Children and adolescents can ‘act out’ when they find themselves with an emotional difficulty and are unable to express themselves freely.
It is often very difficult for parents, as well as the young person themselves, to identify what the issues are that are making them feel emotionally insecure, but an imbalance can show itself as uncharacteristic or aggressive behaviour, depression, low self-esteem, cutting, eating disorders and exploration with substance abuse. It can feel very worrying and frightening to see children and young people experience these difficulties.
In therapy, children are able to play and teenagers are able to use creative activities, as well as talk, to explore what is going on for them emotionally and start to make sense of their feelings and life around them. Understanding their emotional needs can help young people to feel happier and more confident in their everyday life.
Fee: £80 per session
Contact me to make a first appointment where your needs can be discussed in confidence.
Cambridge CB5 8HY