BA(Hons), MSc., MEd., PG Dip Acupuncture, PG Dip Counselling and Psychotherapy, MBACP
I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I also volunteer as a bereavement counsellor at the Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, Leeds and the Marie Curie Hospice, Bradford.
I work with clients on a range of issues including:
- Bereavement, grief and loss;
- Health related anxiety;
- Coping emotionally with acute and chronic illness;
- Generalised anxiety;
- Stress management;
- Transcultural and multicultural issues.
I have two areas of specialism in counselling:
- Grief and loss through bereavement and illness. Thinking about these issues and how they make us feel can be difficult but doing this within a safe and non-judgemental environment can help our thoughts towards finding meaning in our suffering.
- Working with clients who have had exceptional transformative experiences that surpass the usual limits of space and/or time, and their associated developmental potential. There are many types and names for these experiences which can be catalysts for exceptional transformation: peak experiences, near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, visions, spiritual awakenings, nearing death awareness and after-death communications. Integrating these experiences into daily life can be a unique and distinctive process.
I run an online blog on topics relating to grief and loss due to bereavement – please feel free to read and comment on the blog articles at www.griefandloss.co.uk.
I am also a qualified Acupuncturist and have run my own acupuncture clinic since 2005. Through this, I have experience of working with clients’ acute and chronic physical ailments and helping them manage their conditions both physically and emotionally. As part of working with physical and emotional grief and loss, I am a specialist acupuncture volunteer at the Robert Ogden Macmillan Cancer, St James’ Hospital, Leeds, where I offer acupuncture treatments to cancer patients and their carers.
How I work
The level of a client’s participation in counselling therapy is important for a positive counselling outcome and this develops through the therapeutic relationship between the client and counsellor. My approach is therefore based on developing a therapeutic relationship with clients using principles from the Relational and Person-Centred models. The Person-Centred Approach aims to be non-directive and allows clients to lead the agenda during the counselling session.
Overall, I use an integrative counselling approach which allows several models from counselling and psychotherapy to be used whilst allowing me to adapt counselling sessions to meet individual client’s needs. This provides a safe, non-judgemental, confidential and understanding environment in which clients can explore any difficulties or issues in their life and address any changes they would like to make.