Life can be wonderful. Life can be extremely difficult. And many of us sometimes feel isolated, lost or unable to cope.
Anxiety, anger, and fear are natural human responses to situations, but can become debilitating and unhelpful ways of being. Unmanageable feelings may lead us to lean on alcohol or drugs, to suffer from eating disorders, or to self-harm in other ways. Our sense of 'self' and purpose can become confused and our relationships with others might lose connection.
To run away, to freeze, or to fight are all ways of us attempting to keep ourselves safe. Sometimes though, we may want to make a change to achieve our goals and find greater ease.
As an 'integrative' therapist, I draw upon a range of thinking, allowing me to adapt my approach to best support our relationship and your needs. Most important to me is that you feel safe and that we can build trust in one another through truth, honesty and authenticity.
I have worked with people experiencing depression, anxiety, panic attacks, grief, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, or life changing events, as well as those who are feeling stuck and want to move in a different direction. Many people who come to me are survivors of trauma and have suffered from early developmental or attachment issues. Some of my clients experience difference, whether in terms of race, culture, sexuality, gender, class, religion, neurology or ability, and I have experience with varied intersectional identity and the impact of bias and discrimination.
For many, it can be freeing to explore different aspects of ourselves, working with an understanding of neurology, our physical bodies, past experiences, present environment, and spiritual well-being, as well as our thoughts and feelings in the moment.
I also welcome creative and experimental ways of interacting and believe that Mindfulness can be a powerful way of regulating our thoughts and physical responses, but how we progress will be your choice and at your own pace.
I am a United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) psychotherapist in training, with 3 years clinical experience. I have undertaken 3 years of training at the Welsh Psychotherapy Institute (WPI) in a Postgraduate Advanced Diploma of Integrative Psychotherapy, and I continue to train with WPI, as well as undertaking other professional development.
I live in Wales between the sea and the mountains, where I have practised as a bereavement volunteer and support worker for vulnerable young adults and people with severe learning disabilities. Prior to this I lived in London, working as career coach and recruitment specialist in the creative sector. My path has brought me into contact with a broad spectrum of people from many walks of life, and I believe in treating every individual with respect and compassion.
My other qualifications include a BA Jurisprudence, and I have undertaken CPD through Psychotherapy Excellence in Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals.
I offer an initial 20 minute telephone meeting free of charge, when we can discuss your goals and I can answer any queries you might have. I will more fully explain the way in which I work and how we might best progress. We will also discuss our contract, confidentiality agreement, bookings, payment and cancellation procedures.
If we agree to work together my rate is £35 per session. Sessions last for 50 minutes and I require payment in advance.
I am able to offer some sessions at £10 for those in need and experiencing severe financial difficulty,
I see people at the Alliance Centre in Carmarthen and at the Lighthouse Clinic in Swansea. I also see clients nationally using a tele-health video platform, so if you are unable to attend appointments in person, I would be happy to see you remotely.
I am fully compliant with GDPR and the UKCP code of ethics.
My insurance permits me to work with clients in the UK only.
If you are in distress and need to speak someone urgently the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You can call them free of charge on 116 123.
Mind are a registered charity supporting mental health.
Your GP may also be able to assist and your local pharmacy may be able to point you toward other support in your area.
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