“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, 2018
Since qualifying I have completed hundreds of hours of extra training and CPD, meaning that I have a big old toolkit to help with our work. Underpinning everything I do is the Humanistic Person-Centred/ Experiential Approach (Rogerian Psychotherapy) which is a type of non-directive talking therapy.
In this type of work the therapist is not the ‘expert‘ (you are) and does not preside over sessions like some emotionally distant judging authority figure. Instead we both show up as our true selves – two human beings sharing a powerful and meaningful experience. This will be a different kind of relationship to anything you’ve ever experienced before and it is this healthy, secure attachment (connection) which will provide the foundation for your growth.
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom”ARISTOTLE
Back to the Future…
We will start to understand the underlying reasons you’re seeking support, looking back to see what brought us here, and discussing where you’d like to be in the future. We will also consider the things that are helping you in life and the elements that maybe aren’t so constructive – for example, self-limiting beliefs, defence mechanisms or unhealthy coping strategies. You are invited to go with whatever you wish to explore and as such I will not attempt to lead, direct or interrogate you.
Whilst you may have received a diagnosis in a clinical setting our work together will not pathologise you – to me you are a person experiencing unresolved emotional pain, not a medical label or cluster of symptoms. I am also deeply inspired by the work of Bessel Van der Kolk and Pete Walker who have decades of experience specialising in trauma recovery.
“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.”Pete Walker, Psychotherapist and Author
Flexible working approach
☑️ No fixed term contracts
☑️ No upfront fees (pay per session)
☑️ Open ended work
☑️ Dedicated place for as long as you wish
☑️ Sessions available in person, online or over the phone