Like many people, I have experienced some heartache and difficulty in my personal life. Either I myself or those very close to me have experienced marriage break up, divorce, sexual abuse, trauma, abusive and controlling relationships, loss, PTSD, self harm and suicidal thoughts, long term depression, substance misuse and addiction.
At the lowest points in my life I have felt lonely and isolated; as if no one would be able to help me or understand what I was going through, guilty and ashamed, overwhelmed and desperate, highly stressed, anxious, afraid and panicky, exhausted and ill.
I understand how these problems make it difficult to maintain a normal life.
What changed for me?
Well – I reached out and found people to talk to – good friends and loving family, yes, but also people from outside who could give me the space I needed to tell my story and make sense of how I was feeling and behaving.
At key points in my life I found counsellors or psychotherapists who listened and helped me.
That therapy transformed my life.
I found my own self worth. I learned to be assertive. I learned not to take responsibility for things that did not belong to me. I let go of guilt and shame. I realised the strength I had and I took control of those things that I could. I began to understand myself – and accept and appreciate myself. I healed.
This is the personal background I brought with me as I began training as a therapist – along with a passion to help others as I was helped.
How I can help you
If we work together, I will work with you as an individual – using a mixture of counselling skills, psychotherapy (including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and hypnotherapy. I will provide a safe, confidential environment in which you can talk about anything you want, however difficult.
I will listen carefully, non-judgmentally and with respect. Together we will explore the issues you face and begin to find a way forward that is right for you. I can help you understand yourself, tell your story and find your strength.
- Member of the professional body The National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP)
- ‘Rewind Technique’ practitioner
- Member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
- Level 5 diploma in Psychotherapy with CBT
- Level 5 diplomas in Hypnotherapy
- Specialist training in treating trauma and PTSD