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

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

I am deeply inspired by the work of Bessel Van der Kolk and Pete Walker and similarly believe that trauma has nothing to do with cognition, that is, we can’t simply think our way out of it – instead we must develop new and healthy ways of feeling safe in our own bodies. 

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.” 

– Psychotherapist and Author Pete Walker (pete-walker.com

Using a relational approach we will build a strong, trusting and collaborative connection providing you with a safe space to work things out. We will look at your existing coping strategies and uncover any patterns ‘playing out’ which keeps you from moving forward.

Therapy is a different kind of relationship to anything you may have ever experienced. We can stop hiding and show up, learn to let the guard down and become truly comfortable with being our authentic selves. 

Whilst I can’t promise that it 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!). 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. 

Over the years I have also engaged in a great deal of personal therapy and strongly believe that to be the best therapist you can be, you must first be prepared to work on yourself – imagine a chef who had never tried their own dishes!

I am now a published author and continue to write about how a therapist’s lived experience should be regarded as the most important item in their professional toolbox. 

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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