About Me and My Therapy Practice
In 2010 I qualified with an Integrative Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling and I am accredited and registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) abiding by their standards and ethics, a copy of which I can provide or, alternatively they can be viewed online at www.bacp.co.uk
I am experienced in working with adults and young people and have for two years worked within the NHS under IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) which is accessed through GP referral and short-term focused work. Since qualifying, I have worked at a secondary school, with young people age 11-18. I now also run my own private practice based at a therapy centre in Faversham with a comfortable, quiet space, easily accessible by car and with free parking.
My training and approach is Integrative, which means I call upon different counselling theories to understand my clients, by way of communication styles and the affects of childhood experiences/development and how that impacts us as adults. I use strategies from mindfulness, to help with anxiety and cognitive behavioural techniques to challenge unhelpful thinking patterns. Psycho-education also plays a part in the help offered to my clients.
I also practice EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) which uses bilateral stimulation to work with traumatic memories, phobias, addictions, pain and abuse.
My underlying philosophy is that all past and present human behaviour, thinking, emotions and activities can only be understood within the context of a relationship which is nurturing, stimulating and restorative. It is my aim to provide this through the therapeutic relationship created between us enabling personal growth and resilience, and a time and space to recover. I believe it is relationship that binds us, no matter what our age or difference and that we cannot heal and grow alone.
At our first session we can discuss your preferences and whether this takes a pro-active approach or alternatively you may wish to use the sessions to gently explore the issues you bring to counselling.
Short-term and longer-term counselling is offered, on a face-to-face basis, with individuals, adults, young people and children.