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My counselling practice offers an opportunity to discuss personal difficulties in a safe environment with someone who is trained to neither judge nor advise, but to help explore and make sense of issues. The aim is to help you gain new insight and to feel less confused or troubled, to make positive changes in your life, or come to terms with things that can’t be changed.
Events from the past, unhelpful learnt ways of relating or unresolved conflicts can unconsciously influence current feelings, choices and patterns of behaviour. Experiencing traumatic life events, or having to deal with problems over a long period, can also interfere with our ability to cope.
I offer short-term and long-term counselling to adults and young people at my private practice in a discreet setting in Lyndhurst, in the New Forest. The M27 is only 5 minutes drive away, and Southampton can be reached in 15 minutes.
The majority of my work is face to face, although, if people move or work away, for example, I also carry out some counselling by email/Skype.
I am happy to speak to you before you make an appointment, in order to answer any questions or concerns and help you decide whether you would like to arrange an Initial Assessment session.
This first session gives us an opportunity to explore whether or not counselling is the right step for you, as well as whether we feel we can work together. You may decide there and then, or wish to go away and think about it.
I am a qualified and experienced counsellor and an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have worked both for GP surgeries, and for a counselling charity for a number of years, giving me valuable experience of working with people from many backgrounds and with a wide range of issues. I have also run my own practice since 2006.
The therapeutic model I work to is psychodynamic but I also practice CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Mindfulness techniques where helpful. Psychodynamic theory helps me understand the impact that early relationships and experiences can have on an individual's current perception of themselves and their patterns of relating to others.
I adhere to the BACP ethical framework of good practice and am committed to offering a high standard of confidential, professional therapy. I undertake regular training and personal and professional development in order to maintain my knowledge and skills. I am a member of Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and Wessex Psychotherapy Society.
In line with professional standards, I have regular Clinical Supervision and am listed on the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors / Psychotherapists.
Areas of interest
Professional and experienced BACP Accredited therapist offering counselling for adults and young people in Lyndhurst, in the New Forest. Short and long term work in a confidential setting.
Counselling can help with issues such as:
Feeling anxious, angry or upset;
Having problems with feelings, thoughts, behaviour or relationships with others;
Suffering from panic attacks or insomnia;
Feeling 'stuck' in a distressing situation, believing there is no way out;
Having problems making decisions or concentrating;
Finding it difficult to cope with day to day life;
Feeling that life lacks direction or makes no sense;
Becoming tense, stressed or panicky and finding it difficult to relax;
Having uncomfortable physical symptoms;
Hoarding or feeling unable to clear clutter;
Poor self-esteem or thoughts of suicide.
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Eating disorders
- Pain management
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details