My Approach

“I arrived on Steph’s ‘couch’ confused, anxious and feeling like I was going crazy. I had never had counselling before so I had no idea what to expect, or if I was doing the right thing. Steph couldn’t have been more welcoming and instantly put me at ease. It was like chatting with an old friend in their living room!” – Client, August 2018

It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it…

Quite often therapists’ approaches can read like complete gobbledegook – especially if you don’t understand the terminology! I’ll try to make this section easy to understand but am happy to answer any questions if you’re still a bit unclear.

I am a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and believe that therapy should be as unique as you are. I trained on a BACP-accredited course at The University of Salford (Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy) and have a strong foundation of theory, methods and practices to draw from including:

Person-Centred Therapy, Transactional Analysis (TA), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), self-compassion, inner-child work, psycho-educational, somatic and mindfulness, spiritual, holistic and creative. 

Underpinning everything I do is the Person-Centred Approach (Rogerian Psychotherapy) which was pioneered by psychologist Dr. Carl Rogers and is a type of non-directive, experiential talking therapy. 

I also deeply respect the trauma and recovery management processes developed by Psychotherapist and Author Pete Walker ( who describes the kinds of silver linings which can only come from experiencing darker times:

We live in an emotionally and relationally impoverished culture, and those who work deeply to assuage their wounds are often rewarded with emotional intelligence far beyond the norm, and a capacity for intimacy that is rarely seen in the general populace.” 

Using a relational approach we will build a strong, trusting and collaborative connection (teamwork!) providing you with a safe space to work things out. 

Whilst I can’t promise that therapy will be easy (growth lies beyond our comfort zone!) I’ll do my very best to guide you through the process leading to greater clarity, self-acceptance and real transformation. 

The infamous light bulb moment

Professional Development

As a Registered Member (MBACP) of the BACP I am committed to ongoing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and regularly undertake additional training to enhance my core offer.

Like everyone I am flawed, imperfect and human (thank goodness!)And in order to feel as clear and resolved as possible for the health of my practice I choose to work on myself through study, clinical supervision and peer co-counselling.

Flexible working approach

  • No fixed term contract
  • No fees to pay upfront (pay each session)
  • Open-ended work (you choose when to end)
  • Dedicated weekly space 
  • I’m experienced in both short-term interventions and long-term client work. Learn more about the differences here.

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