Having previously worked as an H.R. & Training Manager for 12 years, I have experience of working within large, corporate organisations and dealing with the work and personnel issues of multiple cultures and nationalities. In 2003 I was diagnosed with an eye condition called PIC, which means due to subsequent flare ups I have lost part of my central vision. Both of these life experiences are what inspired me to start my counselling training.
Practicing in Wheatley, Oxford, I am an experienced counsellor working in Integrative Humanistic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), in accordance with the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) ethical framework.
Integrative Humanistic counselling recognises that there are significant connections between all approaches. It acknowledges that different clients have different needs and believes that no one single approach is sufficient. I focus on Person-Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and Transactional Analysis, drawing on other approaches to suit my clients needs.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy looks at how a client thinks and acts in a situation and how these two can affect behaviour. We then work together to change behaviours and/or thinking patterns to address the clients specific needs. This approach is an effective way of treating depression and anxiety disorders, OCD, panic disorder, PTSD, phobias, eating disorders, and sleep problems.
I offer short or long term counselling (face to face or via video link) to anyone who needs support in maximising their potential.
Sessions are 50 minutes long, usually on a weekly basis, but other options may be more appropriate. An initial session is held to explore your reasoning for seeking counselling and discuss the approach which is suitable for your specific needs. It is also an opportunity for both client and counsellor to decide if the working relationship is right for them before committing to further sessions.
Free on-street parking is available outside the clinic as well as a good local bus service. There is no waiting room so clients are asked to arrive for their sessions at the agreed time.
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory, Level 5. Validated by CPCAB, 2014
BACP Certificate of Proficiency, Register of counsellors & psychotherapists, 2013 http:// www.bacpregister.org.uk
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative Humanistic- Person-Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Transactional Analysis), Level 4. Validated by CPCAB, 2012
Certificate in Counselling Studies, Level 3, NCFE, 2010
Certificate in Counselling Skills, Level 1 & 2, NCFE, 2008-2009
I also hold an Enhanced DBS
2019- Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC), Sexual Vilolence Awareness course
2019- Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in chlidren and young people
2020- How to do counselling online: a coronavirus primer
2021- Working with psychiatric drugs