I am an experienced Counsellor working on general cases like Depression,
Childhood Centred Issues as well as my specialised area of Loss and Bereavement.
My work has taken me into surgeries, homes and schools/colleges in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
It was after having children that I decided to follow my heart and retrain
as a Counsellor, so privately I gained my qualifications. As well as my Counselling Qualifications I am Cruse trained and
I also attend professional courses as part of my Continual Professional Development.
Whilst studying and training I had to have counselling. Although at times the journey was
difficult I was able to turn my life around and use my past to help others. Because of that I can come alongside clients
who are experiencing times of Loss, Bereavement, Depression, Childhood Centred Issues and Eating Disorders.
I am a very good listener and communicator. I demonstrate empathy,
acceptance, sincerity and can adapt my work to fit the needs of clients. I am very passionate about my work and create
a safe, non-judgemental environment in which I can support clients to express their feelings and thoughts. I have
high standards for what I deliver in sessions.
Bereavement - Bereavement is the period of mourning and grief when someone loses
a family member or close friend. Bereavement can affect people in different ways, some experience intense anguish, while
others may not show their grief.
There are a number of stages that the bereaved may go through, these may include
disbelief, anger, pain and guilt. However, symptoms may vary according to the circumstances of the loss, such as the age of
the person who has died and the manner of their death (expected, accidental, sudden, murder or suicide).
counselling will help people to work through their grief, providing a chance to explore feelings and acknowledge loss.
Depression - Depression can cause persistent
unhappiness and distress. Sufferers may experience negative feelings such as hopelessness, loss of confidence or feelings
of guilt. Depression may also manifest itself in other ways, like avoidance or loss of motivation for work or school. In some
cases they might experience suicidal tendencies.
Depression can be triggered by upsetting experiences like bereavement, relationship breakdown or unemployment. It can affect anyone, although certain
people are more susceptible than others. Depression counselling can help people to work through their problems, however
it is advised to speak to your GP also.
Eating Disorders - Eating disorders are abnormal
eating habits which involve insufficient or excessive eating. If not treated, eating disorders can have serious effects on
an individual's health.
Common eating disorders include
Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa. Both are triggered by an intense desire to lose weight. As well as dieting sufferers can be
obsessive with exercise. Main causes can include, social pressures about "being thin" or psychological issues
like depression, low self-esteem or control. Having counselling will help explore the reasons behind the eating disorder
and provide support in overcoming the problem. It is advised to contact your GP as well.
Childhood Issues - Childhood Issues in adulthood are the result of a trauma
or a memory that has occurred during childhood that impacts on the individual's life.
During our life we recorded, store and recall, thoughts, emotions, images and behavioural
impulses...memories. Memories are an integral part of how people see themselves and the world around them. People
may experience difficulties like, establishing stable relationships, trust or control. Talking with a counsellor around
these issues will give insight and a way forward.