“Our relationship will be at the heart of the work we do…”

How counselling with me works:

Therapy is most effective when we are able to build a trusting relationship, where you feel safe to share and where we connect as two human beings, together.

I will bring warmth, compassion and openness to our work together, helping you to identify and share your feelings with me and I encourage you to be as open as you feel able to, in return.

Our sessions will be led by you, and what is important for you. I will reflect back what I hear from you, and gently ask questions so that you may see and understand your thoughts and experiences through a different lens, gaining new insight and understanding.

As well as being helpful, you may also find it challenging and uncomfortable at times – this is completely normal and we will work our way through these feelings together.

I am trained as an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. This means that I can work with you in the short term (generally 6-12 sessions) to address issues that are going on for you at the present time, and I can also work on a more long term basis, where we feel that may be more suitable for you.

The insights and understanding gained through therapy will enable you to feel better equipped to deal with the challenges and difficulties that have brought you to therapy.

Meeting your needs:

I do my best to ensure that my practice is inclusive of all, recognising that some communities face specific oppression and discrimination.

I am committed to ongoing learning, reflecting on my own practice and listening to you in order to provide a service that meets your individual needs, where possible. If you have a special need or disability, please let me know so that I can try to accommodate this.

If you are interested in finding out more about how I work, please contact me on 07387 330119, or at: enquiries@fernbankcounselling.co.uk

About Me:

My personal journey to being a therapist began in my twenties, working with people who’d been in care, were homeless or who’d experienced abuse. I was interested in their stories and experiences; in understanding what had shaped them. It was amazing and humbling to be alongside people as they faced their challenges, and found ways to heal.

Every day I continue to be inspired by seeing the changes people have made to themselves and their lives as a result of coming to counselling.

Curiosity, compassion and gentle humour are key parts of who I am and what you'll experience as we work together.

If you think I could be the right counsellor for you, just contact me via the form at the bottom of this page.

“Integrative counselling draws upon a variety of psychological theories to understand how humans develop, learn and interact.

My focus will be on valuing and accepting you as the unique individual that you are (Humanistic), understanding how you have been shaped by your past experiences and how they affect you and your relationships (Psychodynamic), and exploring the links between your thoughts, feelings and bodily responses to situations (CBT).

I also draw upon neuroscience to understand responses to stress and trauma and how to work with these.

Every client is unique and different and I will tailor my approach and interventions to what you need”.

My professional qualifications and training:

  • Postgraduate Diploma (L7) in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Postgraduate Certificate (L7) in Counselling Skills
  • HE Diploma in Youth, Community and Playwork
  • Certificate in Working with Sexual Violence