top of page
What I have found is that people seek out counselling because they are experiencing a kind of stuckness which may also bee impacting and the various relationships they share. This sense of stuckness can be elevated from time to time, when changes occur, like separation, death of a loved one, work issues or dealing with a new relationship. It is for these reasons that duration of Counselling varies greatly and is totally dependent on what the individual brings to the room. It can be brief or long term depending,
There is no one size fits all those who have survived extreme adversity. The traumatised client might need more time to work on their issues. I use a trauma-informed approach and my experience as a counsellor for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the Redress Scheme has seen me privileged to have worked alongside many survivors of extreme adversity. This has emphasised for me the need for a client lead response - which means that I a guided by your: Your experience * Your history * Your needs* Your choice. I hope to assist in and promote deep personal growth, which has long-lasting life changes.
For me, counselling helps to gain an awareness of self and can explore the various parts of the self the emotional self, the cognitive self and the social self.
The frequency of sessions will be determined by you and your needs, though many of my clients start with weekly or fortnightly sessions.
In these sessions, you have an opportunity to explore and understand each other in a safe space.
My experience as a couples counsellor has seen me witness the pain of disconnection that has brought them to me, as they seek out g new strategies to be able to relate differently.
The issues vary and often include: Trusting, Communication, Parenting, Financial stress or differences, Use of Technology and Intimacy.
I work using a blend of contemporary evidence-based modalities like Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), attachment theory, Gottman methodology, Psychodrama and mindfulnes. In doing so, my goal is to allowe couples to experience their feelings and reconnect with their partners or self in a healthy way. With client safety continually at the forefront of each session.
Psychodrama and mindfulness allowing the couples to experience their feelings and reconnect with their partners or perhaps disconnect from an unhealthy relationships.
The Gottaman Institute - a well respected American Couples Counselling educator and provider, found that three quarters of the couples who attended Couples Therapy saw an improvement in the quality of their relationship. Which is why I feel so passionate about supporting couples in this way.
Again, frequency of sessions is guided by you, though I find weekly or fortnightly to work well with couples.
Clinical Supervision is an essential part of good practice for any therapist, counsellor or professional supporting others who are at a cross roads or experiencing adversity.
It is not only important as part of ongoing professional practice, competence and accreditation, good supervision is a vital part of self-care in the prevention against burnt out and vicarious trauma. As a Supervisor I am committed to empowering my supervisees in a supportive, non- judgmental safe space. I use a reflective practice supervision approach - which is both respectful and a collaborative. In doing so, I draw back on my 25 years of clinical experience with different kind of clients and issues.
I also mentoring new practitioners at the beginning of their Private Practice (PP) in a supportive and strength-based approach, giving them tips and resources to amplify their confidence in counselling role.
My focus in group supervision is relational and one which supports stronger team connection while creating an opportunity for integration and sharing of cases or work ethical dynamics.
My group supervision promotes an opportunity to upgrade skills and capacity for the group members sharing information in a confidential space of qualified professionals, while maintaining absolute respect for their clients.
I am a member of the College of Supervisors ( COS- MACA level 4) and I can provide supervision certificates for ACA members in order to help them to complete the compulsory Supervision hours.
Group supervision takes place on a monthly basis.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.
EMDR therapy combines different elements to maximize treatment effects. A full description of the theory, sequence of treatment, and research on protocols and active mechanisms can be found in F. Shapiro (2001) Eye movement desensitization and edition) New York: Guilford Press.
EMDR therapy involves attention to three time periods: the past, present, and future. Focus is given to past disturbing memories and related events.
bottom of page