I know how big things can feel when you struggle with something by yourself. Counselling is about offering a helping, non-judgemental relationship. It can give you time and space where you feel able to speak freely, feel accepted and understood. I invite you to bring yourself to our sessions just as you are and I will offer you warmth, understanding and honesty. I can support you in finding solutions and ways of being that bring you greater fulfilment.
I am trained in person centred counselling and psychodrama psychotherapy. I work with groups as well as 1:1. I can work with you for a short period or longer term depending on what your concern is.
I have worked as a counsellor since 2010 but began training and gaining experience in 2001. I currently work in private practice and also for other counselling organisations in Sheffield. No matter which context I work in, I always aim to bring my authentic self and that's what I will bring to my work with you.
A first session is about you telling me whatever feels relevant to why you are seeking help. It also gives us an opportunity to see if we think we would work well together and for you to ask questions if you have them.
The reasons why people come to counselling are many and varied. Some of the issues I have had experience of working with are:
Whatever reason (s) you bring, I will be happy to meet with you.
I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist and a member of the British Psychodrama Association. I have a diploma in Psychodrama and also in Person Centred Counselling.
I have worked with a rich variety of people and have experienced working in NHS settings as well as in the voluntary sector. I currently work at Sheffield Rape Crisis and SWCTs as well as in private practice.
I work with organisations, offering tasters in using psychodrama in different settings and with a variety of client groups.
I am also a trained teacher and worked with young people in educational settings from 1995 – 2015.
£45 for a one hour session.
I can offer some concessionary places, so please ask me if this is something you'd like to consider.
Everything I do is guided by person-centred principles. I believe that if people are heard in a climate of understanding, acceptance and authenticity they have a good chance of being able to find a way of being in the world that serves them.
Person centred therapy can look like many different things as it is tailored to suit the person seeking help. Therefore, sometimes it is short term and may be about getting to grips with a specific problem. At other times it may be longer term work that's needed. It can be an exploration of your past and/or focussed on the present day. Some people may need a very gentle experience whilst others may prefer lots of challenge. I will use my sense of you (and what you tell me) to offer you my knowledge and experience in a way that I think you'll find most helpful. In person-centred work you are invited to say as much as you can about what feels right (or not) and this is always helpful to me.
Psychodrama is a form of therapy where people are encouraged to ‘show’ rather than ‘tell’. There are many ways to use psychodrama but sometimes people choose to:
Psychodrama is often practised in a group but it can also be used in 1:1 work. I may suggest ideas if I think they'll be useful to you or you can ask me about it if it's a way of working you'd like to know more about.