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— Counselling —
A brief exploration of what counselling is, and what to expect from working with me
Counselling is a talking therapy, where you can discuss your life, your issues & your struggles in a calm, safe and confidential environment. Counselling is a deeply personal and thorough exploration of the self, and can be a difficult and painful process. Counselling provides a kind of healing without medications - although these may be taken alongside if recommended by your GP.
Counsellors are not there to tell you what to do, but to provide insight and guidance by noticing patterns, and offering suggestions of coping strategies where needed.
Therapy with me
My aim is to take you from being ‘FINE’ (Frustrated, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional!) to being Actually fine. I live by the mantra of being humble, courageous and kind - and the feedback I have received suggests this comforts and empowers those I have worked with. I offer unconditional positive regard, respect and an empathetic ear without judgement.
Short term therapy (6-12 weeks) or longer standing work can be provided depending on your need.
I am pleased to work with anyone of the age 16 or above.
Experience & Qualifications
My core Integrative training draws from Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic principles. I also have training in Transactional Analysis (TA), Gestalt therapy, and Group therapy. This enables me to mould my way of working to you and your specific needs. I am a registered and accredited member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their framework of good practice. I have over ten years’ experience working with various mental health organisations and charities. I have a first class degree with honours in Psychology & Counselling, and MSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (distinction).
I also have a published article in the British Journal of Guidance & Counselling (Taylor & Francis).
My therapeutic working hours at Banbury Therapy Centre:
Wednesdays 5-9 & Thursdays 5-9
Please note if you are a current student at Banbury Counselling Academy or University of Northampton MSc Counselling, I cannot work with you as a client for ethical reasons. If you have completed your training for the above, and I have not been your personal tutor, I would be pleased to discuss working therapeutically with you.
Particular areas of interest
I specialise in Bereavement and Loss, and can provide short or longer term therapy regarding this issue. There are many different types of grief; the death of a close family member or animal, anticipatory grief (when you, or someone you love is about to pass away), delayed grief, complicated or traumatic grief, absent grief, disenfranchised grief (when others do not know about your grief, or do not acknowledge your grief), and more. Issues might include loss of a child (including miscarriage or abortion), family member, partner, lover, animal or friend.
Loss can also link to many other issues; it could include loss of self, loss of identity, loss of a loved one in ways other than death, loss of a childhood you could of had or loss of purpose and meaning. My aim in therapy is to acknowledge the distress of loss, and provide a support during the process of growing a life around grief.
Together with this, I have experience and interest in working with the following:
Anxiety and depression (incl panic attacks & disorders)
Cultural discrimination and living with stigma
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Sexuality and gender issues
Suicide & suicidal thoughts
Appointments are £50 for the counselling hour (50 minutes).
Payment can be made after each appointment by cash, bank transfer or card. If you do not provide at least 24hours notice for cancellation, the full fee will still be expected.