I work as an integrative counsellor. Integrative refers to the way in which I draw on a number of different therapeutic models to suit the needs of the individual. It also reflects an approach where the individual is seen as multi-faceted, as are the communities in which they live.
At the core of my work is an emphasis on nurturing a safe and authentic relationship where the individual feels heard and valued. Within the safety of this relationship, I invite my clients to explore the issues that have brought them to counselling. This may involve integrating past experiences and memories, working with a range and depth of feelings or exploring current thinking and behaviour that no longer seems helpful.
Usually the counselling will be driven by some desire for change. Therefore the counselling relationship becomes a space where clients can experiment creatively with new ways of being, in order to bring about the change they are seeking.
Outside of my private work at the Wilbury Clinic, I also co-ordinate the counselling services at Mankind, a charity for male survivors of sexual abuse. I am an experienced drug and alcohol counsellor, having trained with the CRI. I also have an interest in supporting teaching professionals who wish to receive counselling around their work / life balance and gain a greater understanding of challenging behaviour in the classroom or indeed the staffroom. I am a qualified teacher and taught for over 10 years in both Sussex and London secondary schools.