I am a qualified and accredited counsellor based in South Gloucestershire, with over 10 years of experience. My approach is psychodynamic, which means I will be helping you to explore and untangle the struggles that go on within you, and how they may be linked to your early experiences. People often find themselves repeating unhelpful patterns, and not being able to understand why this happens, or why they feel stuck. Counselling can help you to work things through, and feel empowered to make different life choices. I offer individual counselling to adults on a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, loss and bereavement, addiction and eating disorders. I have particular experience in working with people who have experienced sexual abuse, and with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). I have a good understanding of the inevitable damage to trust and attachment caused by repeated traumatic experiences.
I completed my Diploma in Professional Studies (Counselling) at the University of the West of England in 2008. I am an accredited and registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy). This means that I adhere to the Association’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling, and I have regular counselling supervision. I also have professional indemnity insurance, and I am committed to my continuing professional development to keep my knowledge and skills up to date.
I have many years’ experience working as a counsellor in Voluntary Sector organisations in Bristol, with women and men with various mental health issues and very difficult life experiences, including childhood sexual abuse. I also provide time-limited counselling in an NHS IAPT service, as well as open-ended private counselling.
My qualifications and Continuing Professional Development