(BSc Hons Integrative Counselling)
"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become"
What is Integrative Counselling?
Integrative counselling also refers to the bringing together of the affective, cognitive, behavioural, and physiological systems within a person, with an awareness of the social and transpersonal aspects of the systems surrounding the person. It is a combined approach to therapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies. Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations.
I trained with Matrix School of Counselling and Psychotherapy, although I am integrative which means I work with a variety of methods to assist clients I lean towards a humanistic/Psychodynamic approach when working with clients. I like to explore relationships, childhood experiences and working in the moment to create an understanding of a clients current life position. I am also trained specifically in eating disorders and trauma.
I believe, to be open and honest with a client, aids working through problems and difficulties a person may be experiencing in life. Typically the first few sessions would be looking at what goals you would like to set, getting to know each other and exploring a way to work together.
It is important to me to ensure that you feel comfortable and you are able to connect with myself, the room and the encompassing environment around us. It is important to work through any questions you may have or anything within the room that feels difficult for you or any challenges you are facing.
The ethical framework that I hold in mind throughout my work as a counsellor are; to do good, to not cause harm, to treat clients equally and fairly, honour people's right to make their own decisions and for professionals to honour the trust placed in them by the client and organisation.
I also work within the framework of the BACP and the UKCP's ethical principles.
To work in an anti-oppressive way for me is to value relationships and approach my clients with respect and kindness and challenge stereotypical views. It is important to recognise differences between myself and the client and bring them into the relationship to enable any pre-conceived judgements about the counselling process to be worked through.
I pay close attention to my own personal and professional development and ensure that I commit to renewing my knowledge and skills.
I can appreciate choosing a counsellor can be quite a difficult task so its important that you understand a little behind who you would like to work with. I have included a personal statement in the hope that this will help with your choice of therapist.
I am 34 years of age i have lived local to this area most of my life and i have a 6 year old son. I have a large interest in the study of the mind. I am a very visual person so i enjoy visiting new places and seeing the world from different perspectives. I enjoy fitness, learning new things and i have a keen interest in music and nature.
During my career prior to counselling I have worked in in predominantly a social care background with managerial roles within this field. I have worked as a therapeutic youth worker with 16-19 year olds in care, special needs teens, drug and alcohol addiction and palliative end of life care.
I think the biggest thing that motivated me to becoming a counsellor was based on experiencing my own trauma as a young adult.
Within counselling i have worked with students, generalised counselling settings and my own private practice. Currently, i have a private practice situated in Beeston.
I have experience in the following areas:
Addiction & Drug/Alcohol Abuse
Childhood Abuse & Trauma
Depression & Anxiety
Grief & Loss
OCD & Perfectionism
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Rape & Sexual Assault
Self Care Management
16-19 Year Old Care Transitions
Insurance and Fees
I have full indemnity insurance and I am a full member of UKCP and BACP.
Fees are charged per session each session is 50 minutes and is charged at £50 per session.
I am based in a small village in Beeston with a cosy room available for counselling sessions, based in the countryside it is peaceful and far enough away from the hustle and bustle of life but with good access just off the A47.
I am located between Swaffham and Dereham.
I also work at some schools - please enquire to discuss further.
I work Face to Face, online and telephone