Finding a way through
Welcome to my counselling profile. If you are reading this then I imagine you are looking for positive change in your life and you have decided it is time to act. Well done for taking what can be a difficult step, and I hope what you read here will encourage you.
The key to good therapy is a good relationship, filled with compassion and caring, and this is what I work hardest at bringing to my clients. It is true that many of the things that bring people to counselling were created in complicated relationships, so it seems fitting that they should be healed in one that is wholesome and straightforward.
I like to work with people who want to make deep, lasting change in their lives. I work with clients who have issues with depression and anxiety, health anxiety, bereavement, suicidality, low self esteem, difficult relationships, sexuality, trauma, autism and adoption. This list is not exhaustive, and each client brings something unique. I am always reading more and undertaking more training to help me improve as a therapist.
Some clients are not even quite sure what they are looking for; they just know that something is not right. I always start with a free introductory session so that we can explore what it is that counselling might do for you. This will give you a chance to experience the space I provide so that you can make the right decision for you.
I will be able to help you gain a clearer perspective on your situation, to unmuddle confusing thoughts and feelings. In this way you will come to know yourself in a deeper way, and the unhelpful patterns in your life will start to lose their power over you. Throughout this exploration I will be there to accept what you have to say, and to be a supportive companion when you are experiencing difficult emotions.
In order to make this work I rely heavily on person-centred counselling, which puts your experiences of the world at the centre of the work. Given the right conditions, living beings all have the capacity for positive growth and healing. Person-centred counselling provides these conditions in the form of unconditional positive regard (non-judgement), empathy (understanding your perspective), and congruence (I will be honest and genuine).
I also draw on other types of therapy including gestalt, which looks at patterns of being, and uses lively, experimental interventions. I use mindfulness to develop greater self-awareness, compassion and acceptance. I sometimes use cognitive behavioural therapy once an action has been decided on, or to help regulate disruptive thoughts.
I am a professional accredited member of the National Counselling Society and I abide by their Code of Ethics (nationalcounsellingsociety.org).
I have always lived in Devon, apart from time in Leicester studying. I am a keen meditator and have a dedicated Soto Zen practice. I live with my family, and spend my time gardening, doing arty things, spearfishing, and taking the dog for a walk.
I started off studying environmental biology, and I have spent a lot of time since being paid to prune trees around the West Country. More recently I have been a stay at home dad, an enabler/personal assistant, and I have worked for a number of charities including Hospiscare, Pete’s Dragons, The Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Age UK Devon.
Get in touch so that we can have a free chat via Zoom or phone to discuss what you would like from counselling.