What You Can Expect
Hello. Thank you for taking the time and interest to learn more about me and whether we could be a good fit for you to get the support you are looking for. I hope I have covered everything you need within this site, but if not, jump to the contact page and send me a message; I will be happy to answer any questions or give you additional information. Also, please look at the subsections on each of my pages; they provide information on supporting adults or children, photos, and lists of my specialist training. To make this easier, click on the underlined words, which will take you straight to the relevant page. I hope you find what you are looking for and the right support.
I qualified as a Counsellor in 2007 and currently work in Private Practice as a School Counsellor and an Adult Employee Assist Counsellor. I am predominately Person-Centred Trained, with qualifications in CBT, Gestalt and the use of creative methods. I offer face-to-face or Outdoor in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, and Electronically/Online from anywhere in the UK. (Please click on the links for more information)
'We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.' - Carl Rogers
The theory behind the person-centred model is that over time, we move away from our authentic selves, whether from experiences, other people's conditions, or not expressing our true thoughts or feelings. So, through empathy and genuine warmth, I would support you or your child to become aware and become the person you want to be.
If you would like to explore the use of creativity, I also use art and other creative methods,
While I also make sure I am non-directive and that I help you to explore your own findings. Art and creativity help to identify hidden thoughts and feelings that are difficult to verbalise. It also helps children communicate with me when verbalising is too much.
Usually, we will talk via email or over the telephone before choosing to meet face-to-face or online. Through our initial call we will get a sense of whether we feel a connection and decide whether we both feel I am the counsellor for you or your child: We will also decide which type of sessions you would prefer or benefit most from. Due to the different qualities they all bring, during our time together, I may suggest trying the different methods, but ultimately that will be your choice.
The National Counselling Society have an amazing FAQ page which answers commonly asked questions.
How Counselling Can Help
'The person-centred approach ultimately sees human beings as having an innate tendency to develop towards their full potential. However, this ability can become blocked or distorted by certain life experiences, particularly those experiences which affect our sense of value.' - Carl Rogers
In life, what we say to others can sometimes have a knock-on effect, altering relationships and the way people see each other. Counselling eliminates this problem and offers you the space and freedom to explore your thoughts with an unbiased person.
While counsellors may not give you concrete advice or a checklist of things to do to feel better, they will help you uncover your own insight and understanding of your problems, providing you with the tools to help you resolve them on your own.
In most cases, a single session will not be enough to help overcome any issues you're facing. Counselling is a journey; it takes time and consistency to work effectively. Because of this, many people opt for regular counselling sessions to make the most of the process.
Counselling can help you better understand yourself and how you think, which will ultimately help you develop a clearer understanding of your problems. The more armed with information you are, the easier it gradually becomes to navigate your way through any difficulties you face so that you can eventually come out the other side feeling more positive. Counselling can also help you better understand other people's points of view, which can shed light on how you interpret words or actions. - Counselling Directory
THE CURIOUS PARADOX IS THAT WHEN I ACCEPT MYSELF JUST AS I AM, THEN I CHANGE" ~~CARL ROGERS