As a Counsellor:
I work drawing on the following training and counselling theories:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
This method looks at people's thought processes, such as looking at the truth in faulty thinking and also behavioural techniques, for example, by doing something different in order to work towards goals. This method is effective for working with stress, depression, anxiety, obsessions and eating disorders in particular. I incorporate such techniques when appropriate with clients.
When working with clients who are creative and enjoy expressing themselves through art, I will use drawing, sand, playdough, art & crafts etc in order to help clients to express their difficulties. This can be extremely eye- opening in giving time to focus on the actual feeling, which opens awareness for clients and allows clients to connect more fully with themselves.
Humanistic therapy focuses on a holistic approach (looking at the person as a whole in all aspects of life). The focus is upon reflection of feelings and owning their thoughts and behaviours, in the aim of self- development. The therapy draws on the client's inner resources and own potential to overcome personal issues. My main footing is within humanisitc therapy , where I see the client as the expert of their own life and I help them to find their own inner strength, to succeed in their aims.
Mindfulness is a way of being in the moment and acknowledging that most troubling thoughts are either based on the past or worries of the future, where in focusing on the current reality it can provide a more calming prospective and challenge the truth of negative thoughts. I am an advocate for mindfulness and meditation as brilliant ways to relieve stress and to give the mind a time- out from daily pressures.
This is a client- centred approach, that provides the space and counselling skills in order for the client to find their own answers. The importance is placed upon the quality of the relationship, where the counsellor provides emotional warmth, patience and great listening in order for the client to feel comfortable to be truly themselves in therapy. I aim to provide the best working environment for clients to feel safe and able to truly share their difficulties and be able to trust in me as their counsellor.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
This approach focus on positive change, rather than past problems. I integrate solution- focused techniques into sessions as needed, being hugely beneficial for clients who are working on their identity and goals. I have also found this more useful in working with depression, as it provides hope and direction.
Hypnotherapy can help in various areas of your life;
My private office is located in Kingshill, West- Malling, Kent.
Child Therapy (Age 3 to 11 years)
Many children need extra support to help them deal with various life situations and difficulties, to build their self- esteem, increase their confidence and gain resilience and emotional development. I work with children from 3 years old, using play techniques, to allow children to access their self- growth through the means of creative arts.
I have experience working with complex emotional difficulties in children, as well as various life struggles, such as exam stress, bereavement, parents separating, self- esteem and friendship issues. I also work with children who have a diagnosis of ASD, ADHD and ODD, as well as children with a low mood, anxiety, or having experienced past trauma.
My fees are £55.00 per 50 minute session. An initial parent consultation is a requirement charged at £50.00. This provides the opportunity to discuss background and provide strategies to parents to use in the home.
Experienced Practitioner in;
AND SO MUCH MORE!! IN MOST CASES, IF YOU CAN THINK OF A GOAL, YOU CAN ACHIEVE IT!!!
Abuse Bullying Insecurity Self- development
Affairs/ Betrayal Career Development Loss Self- harm
Anger/ Aggression Child- related Issues Low Self- esteem Sexual difficulties
Anxiety Confidence Negative/ Intrusive Thoughts Stress
ASD/ADHD Depression Phobias Substance Abuse
Attachment Disorder Divorce / Separation PTSD/ Flashbacks Trauma
Bereavement Domestic Violence Relationship Issues Work- related Issues
I have undertaken high quality training and I am properly qualified. You can find me on the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), a professional body regulating the training and practice of professional counsellors and psychotherapists and The Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (APHP), a professional body which ensure each member have undertaken high quality training and practice professionally. I have an enhanced DBS check and I am insured with professional indemnity and liability insurance.
I also offer mobile services coming to homes, schools and businesses.
Achieving Goals IBS Overcoming Nerves Relaxation Sport Enhancement
Career Enhancement Fears and Phobias Pain Management Self- esteem Stress
Concentration/Focus Memory Enhancement Passing tests Sexual Difficulties Weight Loss
Confidence Motivation Quit Smoking Sleep Difficulties Worries
I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor, psychotherapist and hypnotherapist, working with adults, adolescents, children, couples and families.
I also offer hypnoanalysis which uses a technique called free association whilst in hypnosis to clear the Psyche of unpleasant baggage, which was weighing the person down in their day to day life.
This is a life changing therapy which allows people to let go of the past and move on with a bright future, with more confidence and self- assurance.
This therapy is really useful for those who cannot identify a reason for their difficult feelings/ anxieties/ fear of authority / lack of confidence/ phobias etc.
My fees are £50.00 per session. Sessions are weekly until the work is completed which normally is between 5- 10 sessions.
Hypnotherapy (Age 6 to adult)
Hypnotherapy is an effective therapy that uses your own resources to effect change. In psychology we say 'If you can see it you can be it', where hypnosis is an effective tool to help focus the mind to affect change at a subconscious level. Hypnotherapy is not like stage hypnosis, it is a natural state, like meditation, where you remain in control. I use relaxation as a method, so it is a very pleasant re-charging experience, great for the mind and body.
Your subconscious aims to help you, however, in being the primitive part of your brain, sometimes it is holding on to unhelpful beliefs about yourself, others, or inhibiting you from living the life you want to consciously. Hypnotherapy can help the subconscious realise there is no threat to your survival by undertaking certain tasks and build on your self- esteem and confidence.
My fee is £60.00 per session, where this work is short- term.
The fee for the quit smoking therapy is £140.00 for a one- off, two hour session, to then lead a smoke free life.
Counselling (Age 12 to Adult)
I help people to improve their lives in the way that they want to. This can be through processing difficult emotions or past events, or looking at goal direction and enabling changes to lead a more fulfilling life. I aim to build a real and honest, person- to -person working relationship with you, where you can feel safe to say and feel what you need to.
My approach is warm, supportive and non- judgemental, where I always work to what you want from the therapy. This may be to be given the space and support to process feelings at your pace, or you may prefer a more solution- focused approach, where I can teach you coping strategies, exploring techniques and strategies, such as Cognitive- Behavioural Therapy (CBT), or using creative art.
My fee is £50.00 per individual session. Sessions are for 50 minutes, although, the initial consultations is £70.00 for 90 minutes.
Couples Counselling is £55.00 per 60 minute session.