I am a Person Centred / Humanistic counsellor, registered and accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), with over 12 years counselling experience. My approach is based on the belief that, as individuals, we have the potential and ability to make the right choices in life for ourselves. Counselling encourages individuals to explore their needs at a deeper level, thereby empowering them to live in a more authentic way. I can work on a short term basis, if this is required, however I also offer longer term therapy where indicated. I am led by the client's needs and work at a pace which is most appropriate for them. I see the therapeutic relationship as central to the counselling work. I am particularly interested in how the past affects the present and believe that by understanding this at a deeper level can empower individuals to lead a more fulfilling and authentic life. I work with adults and young people aged 14 and over on a one to one basis. Appointments generally take place weekly, lasting for a duration of 50 minutes. My private consulting room is based in Spetisbury near Blandford Forum, in a tranquil setting on the River Stour.
Generally speaking, people come to counselling if they are feeling the need to talk through difficult life experiences, such as relationship problems, depression, stress, anxiety or times of transition such as bereavement or trauma.
It may be that you are going through a difficult time at the moment, or that you have become aware of longstanding relationship patterns which have been unhelpful in the past and are affecting your ability to cope with life at the moment. Counselling provides you with the time and space to talk through any concerns or areas that are troubling you; without being judged or told what to do. Counselling sessions can help you to develop self-awareness and insight into how you relate to yourself, and to others. It can bring about growth and change which will have a positive and empowering impact.