Contemplating counselling is a daunting prospect, the fact that you are reading this suggests that you have taken the first steps to making sense of feelings and experiences that are troubling you. I hope that by exploring these pages, you will gain a better understanding of what therapy is about, and be able to decide whether counselling and indeed I am the right "fit" for you and the issues that you are grappling with at the moment.
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I have been a practising counsellor for the past 15 years, and providing counselling and psychotherapy in Bracknell and Sandhurst for the last 9 years and in Andover for the last 2 years. My Sandhurst practice is easily accessible to Ascot, Bracknell, Camberley and the Berkshire/Surrey/Hampshire borders. My Andover practice is within easy distance for Goodworth Clatford, Upper Clatford, Whitchurch and Winchester. As a registered member of the BACP, I am committed to providing a confidential and non-judgemental therapeutic environment for you.
My approach is holistic, so you bring more than just your current concerns to counselling - I like to focus on you as a whole person: mind, body and soul. While I wouldn't like to limit the issues you bring with you, I am experienced in helping clients who are having difficulties with:
I work with both adults and young people on an individual basis, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully. We would decide together at the initial session whether long term or short term therapy is suitable for you.
I frequently see trainee counsellors from other counselling courses who are required to undergo therapy as part of their training.
As an Integrative Humanistic counsellor, my theoretical background is Person - Centred, Gestalt, Psychodynamic and Existentialism. To find out more about these approaches, and some others, just click here
Teaching Counselling and Psychotherapy
In addition to my private practices near Andover and Camberley, I lecture at a variety of colleges on the CPCAB accredited Therapeutic Counselling Diploma. I also teach to degree level at Peter Symonds College.
I offer individual and small group supervision, to both qualified and trainee counsellors.
I work with the Inskipp & Proctor Model and the Seven Eyed Model of supervision in an integrative way. Rather than working solely with my original core theoretical model, I enjoy working creatively and collaboratively with your theoretical model.
I view the supervision relationship as collaborative and actively work to ensure that this relationship is a place in which you are able to grow as a counsellor with me. Supervision is a chance to recharge and review both yourself and your work with your clients. An ideal place to look after yourself as well as your clients, I hope to offer you a place where you feel received. Supervision is your opportunity to reflect on your clients and the interventions you've chosen, the transference between you and your clients and the parallel process that may be enacted between us as a result and where, together, we can think about how the context of your work influences your therapeutic relationships. Supervision is also an opportunity for you to consider your practice and where you might want to develop it in the future
Individual supervision is £50 per hour.
Group supervision is £10 per person per hour - small groups of 3/4 counsellors for 3 hours
Location and parking
My Sandhurst practice is within easy reach of Ascot,Bracknell, Farnborough and Camberley, with plenty of parking available on site.
My Andover practice is within easy reach of the villages surrounding Andover, as well as within reach of Winchester and Whitchurch. Parking is available on street.
Thoughts from my desk...
This year, I will be posting a series of poems and questions for you to reflect on each month...Whilst these questions may seem to have little relevance to your daily life and the things that concern or trouble you, I urge you to allow the playful part of yourself to engage with the process and do something different. Perhaps by coming back each month to read a new poem, you will learn something about yourself and your strengths along the way.
I Carry Your Heart With Me
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing ,my darling)
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
I can sometimes find Cummings' odd style of writing challenging, but when I heard this poem sung as a male and female response/conversation, I connected with it. I was then thinking of all the people in my life who I carry in my heart, for whom I get up in the morning and count my blessings about when I go to sleep. I wonder who you carry in your heart? And who carries you in theirs?