“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 and registered 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 Professional 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. In this type of therapy the counsellor is not the ‘expert’ and does not preside over our sessions like some emotionally distant authority figure. Instead we both show up as our true selves – two humans sat together and sharing a powerful and meaningful experience. This may be a different kind of relationship to anything you’ve ever experienced before and it is this healthy, secure, mutual connection which will provide the foundation for your growth.
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” – Aristotle
We will start to understand the underlying reasons you’re seeking support, looking back in time to see what brought us here and discussing where you’d like to be in the future. We will 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.
You are not required to do session homework and we do not work from any kind of script or manual. 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.”
– Psychotherapist and Author Pete Walker (pete-walker.com)
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