I am an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist guided by relational framework based on the person-centred core principles. This means that I believe in the importance of the personal relationships in our lives and I strive to provide a safe and trusting environment where you can explore any issues or difficulties you might have without feeling judged. As an integrative therapist I am familiar with a variety of approaches and can draw on multitude of tools and techniques.
The Aim of Counselling
It is to work with you through the difficulty and to help you to develop new ways of coping. I will not tell you what to do, but I may on occasion give information or prompt the exploration of different ways of thinking. The counselling relationship is a professional relationship where respect and trust is paramount and together we will agree on goals to be worked towards. I endeavour to explore alongside you where you are now, where you want to be and help you find a way to get there.
As a client you are actively involved in decision-making and it is a collaboration between us on how to best achieve your goals. By experiencing a non-judgmental and open environment, you will build on your existing strengths to overcome your current issue. Nothing is set in stone and with hard work and commitment change can happen.
What else do I do
As well as running my private practice, I work as a school counsellor in a secondary school. I find this to be a very challenging, yet rewarding role – working with adolescents is my passion and even if it is difficult at times, the benefits are far greater.
I also work as a student counsellor at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, where I offer support to a variety of issues ranging from home sickness or dealing with big life changes to anxiety, exam stress and depression.
I have worked with disadvantaged young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness through a Leeds charity. This is a challenging role through which I have learnt many lessons about the importance of stability, safe environment and trusting relationship.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, work within the BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and am subject to its complaints procedure.