I offer both face-to-face and online sessions.

You are welcome to a 20 minute consultation free of charge. Further to that, all sessions last 50 minutes.

One-One Adults

Some of the main areas of counselling I deal with include depression… anxiety…negative thinking…stress…identity…self-esteem and confidence…guilt and shame…major life changes…bereavement…relationships and families…attachment and trauma…sexuality…self-harm…suicidal thinking.

One-One Young People (11+)

All of the adult stresses listed above are often very relevant to young people. But I am very aware of the unique pressures of growing up in this crazy world today. These may include school and exam pressures…problems in your parents’ relationship…getting along with family members…rules & boundaries…friendship fallouts…bullying…drugs & alcohol…the impact of social media.

Please see my Counselling Directory listing for further areas covered…

Fee: £55 per session.

Adoption Counselling

The impact of adoption can often be lifelong, affecting the adoptee, adoptive family members and the birth family. There are many positive and rewarding aspects to the adoption journey but also there can be much pain and confusion.

I am a registered Adoption Counsellor with Barnardo’s (Ofsted Registration number 59923). Due to the distinct nature of adoption related issues, it is important that your therapist has specialism in this area.

Although each individual’s experience is unique and important, some difficulties that are common to adoption include…identity…self-worth…fitting in…emotional regulation (particularly anger, anxiety, hypervigilance and depression)…feelings of rejection and shame…not being good enough…grief and loss…maintaining healthy relationships.

Fee: £55 per session.

Attachment Focused Family Therapy including Adoption and Fostering

Are you struggling to understand your child’s behaviours and how to respond to them? Maybe they’re aggressive…withdrawn…defiant? Maybe they demand all your time…cannot regulate their emotions or maintain friendships? Maybe you’re overwhelmed…stressed…angry…feeling like a bad parent?

Much of my training and experience has focused on adoption and fostering but any family can experience trauma and disordered attachments due to issues such as learning difficulties…developmental disorders (e.g. ADHD and ASD)…divorce…death…illness…poverty…mental health issues…substance misuse…etc. These are often referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

We will work together to understand what your child’s behaviour is communicating (possibly feelings of shame…rejection…fear…hurt…loss), how this impacts you, how to respond and communicate therapeutically. Healing interventions usually start with targeting the biological responses of the brain and nervous system (fight…flight…freeze response) to help the child and family learn and practice emotional regulation. Attachment Focused Family Therapy centres around responding with Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy (PACE).

This work is informed by Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) for families living with issues regarding attachment, trauma and ACEs. I am currently mid-way certified as a DDP Practitioner.

Fee: from £80 per session.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic approach that aims to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. EMDR is particularly effective for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)…complex trauma (C-PTSD) from early life experiences… anxiety…depression…persistent and damaging negative beliefs…phobias.

When a person experiences trauma, the memories may be stored in a maladaptive way, disconnected from the broader memory network. These memories can remain “frozen” in their original, distressing form, with all associated emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations.

EMDR facilitates the brain’s natural information processing system, helping reprocess traumatic memories. Bilateral stimulation (e.g., eye movements, tapping, buzzers) allows the traumatic memories to integrate into the general memory network adaptively.

Through EMDR, the distress associated with traumatic memories is reduced, and the individual can develop more adaptive beliefs and responses. The once-traumatic memories are transformed into normal memories, losing their capacity to cause distress.

A number of clinical trials since EMDR’s development show this technique is effective and can help a person heal faster than many other methods.

I currently provide EMDR for adults only.

Fee: £70 per session.