Depression and anxiety are very common, however it can feel completely isolating when we are experiencing them. I work by listening to you with genuine empathy and care in a non-judgemental manner. We work together by exploring your present experiences as well as your past in order to find ways to move forward in a positive and healthy way. I work with individuals experiencing depression and anxiety as well as stress and burn out and relationship difficulties. I have a particular interest in working with people who have experienced trauma, including single incident trauma, complex trauma and childhood trauma.
As well as working privately, I work for an NHS trust with individuals who have been critically ill. Having a sudden, life threatening accident or illness can leave you suffering with depression, heightened anxiety and even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Many intensive care patients experience vivid hallucinations and dreams as well as lost time as a result of being sedated for days or even weeks. It can also be very hard to come to terms with having been so close to death. What is more, this can be traumatic for family members of the patient. I can work with you to deal with all of these issues.
I am passionate about providing a place that is confidential and safe where you can feel free to talk about anything at all. This means that you will be able to explore your feelings and thoughts, your patterns of behaviour and your past experiences without fear of judgement. I am a fully qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor and I am a member of the British Association for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BACP) and I adhere to their code of ethics. I work with a wide range of issues including
- domestic abuse
- sexual abuse
- relationship difficulties
- low self-esteem and self-worth