Therapy has been familiar to me from a young age, as something I’ve personally engaged with at different stages of my life, across different styles. A safe space to reflect, understand and challenge my thought patterns and processes, whilst feeling seen and connected, helped me to feel more ‘me’. Elements like these within my own therapeutic journey have influenced the way I work with my clients.
Authenticity is important to me, and is a way of being which I’m mindful of in my personal life as well as my professional work. I’ve thought a lot about how to ‘market’ my practice, where what I really want is to give you a flavour of who I am and how I work, without trying to dress it up. I aim to bring this humanness to the therapy sessions, too. I hope you feel my compassion and genuine interest, and acknowledgment of you as a person and an individual.
Recognising patterns in the way you experience the world, and challenging unhelpful processes, is a core part of the work I provide. Unravelling experiences and relationships can help us understand why we are the way we are, and what motivates us and affects us. Building this awareness can allow for positive change and a sense of control, once we know what we are dealing with.
I completed my MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling with the University of Leeds, achieving a distinction. I've worked in a variety of mental health organisations; as a counsellor and psychotherapist for Talking Spaces and Just B Bereavement in Harrogate, mental health practitioner for the Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service, supported individuals with mental health and employment at Leeds Mind, mental health mentorship for students at the University of Leeds, and for individuals with autism with Leeds Autism AIM.
Below you’ll find more specific information about therapeutic styles that influence my work, if the more theoretical side of it interests you.
Offers flexibility to sessions with the influence of different types of psychotherapeutic styles and techniques. Everyone is different in the ways they think and work, so the support can be tailored to individual needs.
Emphasises an exploration of your relationship with the ‘self’ and with friends, family and others. The nature of our relationship can be used as a guide to understanding other relationship dynamics within your life.
Explores your past and present experiences and relationships. Discovers patterns and processes in thoughts, feelings and behaviours that may not be in your immediate awareness.
Considers your life as a whole. Looks at whether your emotional and physical needs are being met, exploring what may be standing in the way of your wellbeing and fulfilment.
Practical aspects to counselling can help manage symptoms of difficult emotions, such as stress and anxiety. For example, breathing exercises, mindfulness and setting goals.
About The Sessions
This is an opportunity for us to meet and discuss what you would like to achieve from counselling and for you to get a feel of what it’s like to work with me. If we agree to continue working together we can then discuss arranging further sessions. We will also discuss the therapetic agreement and practical expectations from the work.
Session Length (mins)
This is an opportunity for us to meet and discuss what you would like to achieve from counselling, and for you to get a feel of what it’s like to work with me. If you are interested in continuing we can then discuss arranging further sessions.