A bit about me
I love what I do. I have seen how counselling can improve people’s self confidence and self worth as well as help to deal with traumatic issues that have affected their lives. I feel proud to dedicate my working life to a profession that is a powerful force for personal growth and social change.
There are a great variety of counsellors all of whom have found their way to the profession through different personal journeys. In my case I spent many years in the world of business and commerce but over time I was drawn more towards helping people rather than business. This led me to working with the local authority and children and young people in care in Wolverhampton. During this journey I trained as a Person Centred Counsellor. I have also undergone training in Complex Trauma and I am currently undertaking an introductory course in Jungian Therapy with the WMIP (West Midlands Institute Of Psychotherapy) which is Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy.
I am fully committed and dedicated to my profession as a counsellor. After training as a person centred counsellor I have continued to work at Base 25 where I did my placement supporting children and young people in local schools as well as adults at the service.
I’m passionate about my work and the long term benefits of ‘talking therapies’ and am committed to making a difference to my clients’ lives.
I know from personal experience that the world can be a pretty stressful place and that our daily lives can drain us emotionally and physically as we attempt to juggle our work and personal lives. It’s this personal experience, combined with my training, which makes me the counsellor I am which is: down to earth, eclectic, committed, passionate, and friendly.
I’m a firm believer in working with the ‘person’ and not the ‘label’ and this lays the foundation for the way I work.
Whatever the issue I am dedicated to providing counselling in a straightforward, confidential and relaxed setting.
So that’s a little of my story. From now on it’s all about you. If you would like an informal chat about your work or personal life, pressure at home or any other issue you may be facing then get in touch. Pick up the phone or drop me an email or text. I promise you listening ears, empathic understanding and absolute confidentiality.
How will counselling help me?
People decide to seek counselling for a variety of reasons including feelings of depression and anxiety, career or relationship issues, bereavement as well as many other reasons. Counselling can help you deal with difficult life events such as unemployment, loss, relationship difficulties and abuse. It can help improve medical conditions such as depression, anxiety or an eating disorder and it can also help improve physical problems such as troubled sleep, high blood pressure or panic attacks. Counselling may also help alleviate stress-related problems. Counselling or 'talking therapy' can help improve the quality of people's lives by providing a confidential space to explore areas of difficulty and focus on changes you would like to make. Whilst some people feel they should to be able to talk to friends and family about their problems or even resolve them on their own, it's rarely that easy and friends and family are often part of the problem.
Counsellors are impartial and trained to listen attentively to your concerns without judgement which means that you can talk freely about whatever is on your mind. Your counsellor will try and see things from your point of view and will help you to see things more clearly and may even offer you a different perspective.
This often helps clients to make better sense of situations whilst increasing self-esteem, awareness, understanding and improving both personal and professional relationships. Counsellors help clients to see things as they really are rather than run away from them which can lead to other problems. This is done sensitively of course and at the client's pace. People really value seeing a therapist these days. You might too!
Please see the BBC Like minds video on How to choose a counsellor for more information.