“you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step” Martin Luther King Jr.
I am a fully qualified counsellor, a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy). I have a Master’s degree in Psychology and a wealth of learning from the School of Life! I have been exploring a ‘spiritual’ path for over 20 years – I am a lay order member in the Amida Buddhist School and also stay connected to my Christian roots, so I have a broad perspective. I trained in Buddhist Psychology, and have had further training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Narrative Therapy. I have also worked in the area of social care for many years.
What I get most from my spiritual life is a firm belief that we are loveable and acceptable, just as we are. No buts! It gives us permission be be human – sometimes foolish, sometimes struggling – rather than try to be some perfect being. This is the background to therapy for me. Buddhism and therapy helps us to face life as it is. It supports us to stop running away and can help when we discover that doesn’t really work. Therapy offers us a place to develop a better relationship with ourselves, with others and with our life.
In working with you, I hope to create a space of respect and understanding, big enough for you to bring in the issues that are important to you. I will listen carefully and work with you, at your pace, to understand your situation and find new steps forward.
Sometimes it can be scary deciding to come for counselling or overwhelming thinking about what you might need to talk about. If you want to arrange an initial session to see how it feels, please do get in touch. I will work with any issue you wish to bring to counselling, I offer long and short term sessions.