I am an accredited professional registrant with the National Counselling Society. I have been in practice for three years, having worked in education supporting children and families for nearly 20 years previously. I like to develop an open and honest relationship with the clients I support, and realise that often, humour and a realistic look at the way in which we approach life's challenges, is the key to changing our beliefs about situations. My main approach to all clients is based on the principles of REBT, but each client is different and therefore the sessions progress in a manner suitable for them. My years of supporting children mean that, when working with children and young people, I can use an integrative approach, not only based on my role as a therapist, but harnessing educational theory, getting to know how they learn most effectively, and navigating any obstacles to support their understanding of the process and, ultimately, themselves.
REBT focuses on the unhelpful role that holding rigid and inflexible beliefs about ourselves, others and the world, can have on our mental wellbeing. I teach a more flexible view, one that clients of all ages can learn to apply throughout their lives. Together we construct realistic and helpful preference beliefs which actually resonate with real life - accepting the possibility of difficulty and hardship, but being able to navigate it in order to work towards our goals.
I have worked in education for nearly 20 years, supporting children and families through the rigours of learning, wellbeing and lost coats. I lived in South London for most of that time, having more recently relocated to the South coast where I work in my private practice supporting adults, children and young people with a range of emotional difficulties with a structured and dynamic approach.