I am a person-centred counsellor working in a trauma-informed way. That means that I believe that feelings of anxiety, depression, and even physical pain can often be traced back to physical and emotional experiences that have left us feeling vulnerable, hurt, or even traumatised. I also believe that given the right support and care, we all that the capacity to heal, grow, and ultimately overcome and integrate these experiences and make peace with our past. If you would like to know more about the way I work or whether we could work together, please feel free to contact me for an initial telephone conversation.
One definition of trauma is any experience that is perceived as being too much, too fast, too soon, or for too long and leaves us feeling shaken and emotionally vulnerable. At times of stress and difficulties, we might feel overwhelm and go into some form of ‘survival mode’ that may ultimately stop us from feeling fully alive. Non-judgement and kindness are at the heart of my way of working. I understand how important it is for my clients to work at their own pace, allowing them time to process and integrate each aspect of their experience before moving on or addressing more traumatic or difficult stories. I work in a non-directive way, that is to say, I do not advise, diagnose or tell you what to do but rather aim to help you feel more grounded and develop a deeper understanding of yourself and of the feelings you might have and help you find new, more integrated and easier ways of being.
Prior to completing a PGDIP in Humanistic counselling from Brighton University, I worked as a body therapist for over thirty years both as Craniosacral and Therapeutic Massage therapist. I am particularly interested in a whole-person, body-based approach to psychological healing and am currently training as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, nearing the end of my final year of a three-year course with Somatic Experiencing Internationale. This approach is the life work of Dr. Peter Levine and draws on traditional wisdom about the body as well as on modern neuroscience to make sense of our human experiences. I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide by their ethical framework and guidelines.