Hello! I've always had an interest in people (some call me nosy) and this, combined with my own experience of therapy in my teens, inspired me to become a therapist.
I practice using an integrative approach which is more simple than it might sound. It basically means that I integrate various tools from different approaches to therapy. In case you're interested, these are largely Transactional Analysis, Person-Centred and creative approaches (if these terms mean nothing to you, don't worry, they don't need to. If you'd like to know, I'd suggest a quick Google!).
My clients tell me I offer a warm, safe and understanding space. That working with me is gentle whilst also softly challenging. I see myself as a recovering 'people-pleaser' and have my own experience of needing to learn how to live my life in a way that makes sense to me. I'm open to sharing more about this within my work, where that feels useful and welcome. Some clients find it helpful and supportive to feel that their therapist is also human and on a healing journey of their own.
Training and experience
I hold a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling from the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy. Following qualification, I studied Psychotherapy at post-graduate level for an additional 2 years. I've since completed 2 in-depth trainings in remote therapy practice, equipping me with the resources and skills needed to deliver effective therapy via the phone and online.
I began clinical work in February 2017, where I worked for 2 charities supporting those with various mental health difficulties and diagnoses, before I started my private therapy practice in 2019. In 2020, I began running online courses, workshops and groups around the topics of boundary-setting and people-pleasing - I really love holding space for groups - something really special happens when those with shared experience come together to learn and grow.
I'm an Accredited Professional Member of the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society. This means I'm on a Register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. My membership number is: NCS21-01979.