Foundations in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy - Cert
Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy - PGDip
Natural and Human Environments - BSc (Hons)
Landscape Archaeology - MA
Moving Your Practice Online - OTI
Accredited Registrant of the National Counselling Society (MNCS Accred)
ICO (Information Commissioners Office) Registration Number: ZA751062
I have worked with female clients aged 18 to over 80 since 2016 at a variety of locations including Hallam Caring Services, The University of Sheffield Counselling Service, Vida Domestic Abuse Service (Eva) and since April 2019 Sheffield Woman to Woman Counselling and Psychotherapy.
The approach I use is underpinned by a feminist ideology which is born out of my own life experience. However, I feel it is also important to say that I am not a 'man hater' and am in fact happy to be married to my husband! However, I recognise the complexity of the inequalities in our society and the impact these can have on us - including strong negative emotions and toxic relationships. I also realise, however, that your issues as a woman may not be related to this at all. Again,being a women is complex in many ways that aren't necessarily the consequence of how we stand in relation to the men in our lives. It may be that what you are bringing is more generic and unconnected to gender. From my holistic perspective I acknowledge the connections between mind and body and the impact our social, environmental and circumstantial context can have on us - possibly contributing or causing deep distress and difficulties.
I'd like to acknowledge here the extremity of racial inequality that still exists in our society. My service is open and welcoming to women of all ethnic backgrounds so please get in touch.
The theoretical basis of the therapy I offer has Person Centred, Humanistic values at it's core. I am also able to use interventions from a variety of theoretical backgrounds including Mindfulness, Transactional Analysis, Socratic Questioning, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and various Relational and Attachment Theories. This means I am able to tailor the therapy to meet my client's specific needs and requirements.
I would describe the way I work as being 'organic' in the sense that it isn't prescriptive and usually it becomes apparent during the therapy which, if any, of the interventions I am able to offer may be effective. This decision is always made in collaboration with my clients. I am not a 'cardboard cut out' or 'blank page' therapist so please don't worry if you think you may struggle with how to express your thoughts and feelings. We can work this out together.