“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
My professional BACP-accredited University Post graduate Diploma and further ongoing clinical training has equipped me with a broad range of practical and theoretical approaches to draw from including: person-centred therapy (Rogerian), integrative, humanistic, attachment theories, cognitive, behavioural (including CBT), transactional analysis, transference, life scripts, ego states, self-compassion, psycho-educational, mindfulness, spiritual and holistic.
I believe we’re all different and that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to psychological support.
Counselling training doesn’t just stop when you qualify, it’s an ongoing career commitment. I’m a registered member of the BACP which means I agree to undertake a minimum of 30-hours study every year allowing me to continuously evolve as a practitioner and keep up-to-date with new developments.
As human beings we already possess the inner resources to heal, evolve and overcome obstacles. Our entire survival as a species has been dependent on our ability to solve complex problems.
The process of therapy helps you to re-connect with your innate resourcefulness to make fresh sense of things, cultivate deeper awareness, and develop practical and emotional skills.
Therapy helps you access your own internal guidance system – your intuition. You may not hear it yet (or perhaps you can but don’t trust it) however learning to understand and manage your feelings is one of the best gifts you could ever give yourself.
Areas of Interest:
Love and relationship issues, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), depression, phobias, stress, increasing motivation, finding your true potential, increasing confidence/ self-esteem, abandonment/ rejection, abuse (including childhood), guilt, shame, panic disorders, attachment issues, borderline personality disorder (BPD), sexual issues and self-harm.
Understandably one of the first questions people ask is how long will I be in therapy? It’s almost impossible to answer this – in context – if you were to ask me how long it’d take to unravel a piece of string, I’d need to know how long the string was to begin with!
We all go at our own pace in counselling and the length of time spent is usually relative to the depth you wish to explore and how quickly you grasp the concepts.
I’m experienced in both short-term interventions and long-term client work. Learn more about the differences here.
Flexible working approach:
- You are not required to commit to a minimum number of sessions
- You do not have to pay upfront (simply pay-per-session)
- Our work together is open-ended meaning that you determine when you are ready to finish counselling (no limit on session numbers)
Additional areas of counselling I have experience of:
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Bereavement and grief work
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic boredom
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Elderly issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Financial concerns/ debt
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Historical abuse
- Internet addiction
- Intrusive thoughts
- Medically unexplained symptoms
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Pornography (porn) addictions
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual dysfunction/ sex issues
- Sexual abuse
- Social media addictions
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Wedding nerves
- Work-related stress