We all experience times when things aren't going the way we might like. We can find ourselves anywhere from a bit grey and unhappy to extremely dark and depressed, overwhelmed, stressed and spun out. We can get stuck in negative patterns of thinking which are difficult to break, become worried or anxious about the future, or unable to reconcile past decisions. A neutral space to think and feel can be extremely useful. People come to counselling for a variety of reasons; it may be that you would like to:
· Develop better self awareness
· Work through a loss, bereavement, relationship break-up, or redundancy
· Increase your confidence, self-esteem or self-image
· Work on patterns of behaviour that may be causing you concern
· Discuss feelings of depression, anxiety, sadness, loneliness or emptiness
· Find more of a sense of purpose in life, to feel less stuck
· Try and resolve some issues from the past
· Feel more comfortable expressing your sexuality
· Work through a situation currently affecting your work life
· Develop a better understanding of your relationship issues
· Be able to resolve a family conflict
· Talk about something you have been bottling up
· Work on social skills to connect with people and make lasting relationships
· Develop better communication skills & become more assertive
· Develop better understanding of your partner & yourself
Counselling may be able to offer insights into these and other concerns in a safe, confidential, genuine, accepting and non-judgmental environment.
I believe in creating a safe and confidential space to allow you to explore any issues that you wish to bring to therapy. I am warm, sincere, caring, transparent in the way that I communicate and non judgemental.
I have lived in Dorset for almost 8 years. I have a keen interest in health and well being and I am passionate about autism, neurodiversity and learning.
I am a registered, qualified counsellor and a member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere to their ethical framework for The Counselling Professions. I hold an Enhanced DBS Disclosure.
I hold a level 4 diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, a level 5 diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and I am currently studying for a MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice at Bath Spa University. In 2018, I will be undertaking CPCAB'S level 6 certificate in Counselling Supervision which means I will be seeking supervisees, please contact me if you're a counsellor or trainee in need of supervision.
I am committed to undertaking regular continued professional development.
I work with adults, couples, adolescents, young people and children.
I specialise in working with people with Autism Spectrum Conditions and neurodiverse differences.
I am able to facilitate a range of well being and psycho-educational based workshops, as well as workshops on the Autism Spectrum and group therapy.
I am able to see clients in central Dorchester or the Piddle Valley. I can also offer online or telephone counselling.
My fees are £40 per 50 minute session for individuals and £60 for couples. I am able to offer a small number of concessionary rates to those on low income and to student counsellors.
Please call me to discuss your supervision requirements.
Each week we will look at a different topic related to health and well being. Suggestions for new topics are always welcome and group members are encouraged to take part in discussion about the weekly topic, however people may contribute as much or as little as they feel comfortable with.
There are many benefits to belonging to this group:
The group will operate from Piddlehinton Village Hall, Rectory Road, Piddlehinton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7TF. It will focus on health and well being and everyone is welcome. Please let me know if you would like to attend as numbers are limited due to the size of the venue.
I organise a range of CPD workshops, these cost £60 each for a full day to include lunch and refreshments and a certificate of CPD. Please contact me if you're interested.
Autism Spectrum Conditions
·The Complete Guide to Asperger's syndrome by Tony Attwood
· Neurotribes by Steve Silberman
· Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety by Nick Dubin
· Martian in the Playground by Clare Sainsbury
· Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome by Luke Jackson
· Different Like Me - My book of autism heros by Elder
· The Asperger Couple's Workbook by Maxine Aston
· The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum by Purkis, Goodall & Nugent
Counselling and Psychotherapy
· A Way of Being by Carl Rogers
· Working at Relational Depth by Means and Cooper
· On Psychotherapy by Petruska Clarkson
· The Skilled Helper by Egan
· Loves Executioner by Yalom
· Existential Psychotherapy by Yalom
· TA Today by Stewart and Joines
· Gestalt Counselling in a Nutshell by Houston
· Making and Breaking of Affectionate Bonds by Bowlby
· Windows to Our Children by Violet Oaklander