Contexts Counselling​
Who I am
I'm someone who is interested in how human beings work. How we function as individuals, and how we are influenced by and contribute to the groups within which we develop, survive and thrive.
 
I'm also someone who has experienced the need for change and adaptation in myself. I don't understimate that this can be a painful process, involving tuning in to parts of ourselves that we may find it difficult to be prepared to hear, and reluctant to accept responsibilty for. But I believe that the majority of our feelings are adaptive and have something of value to communicate to us.
 
I value working with a wide range of issues and people. Outside of private practice,  I have worked with adolescents for over 15 years,  and greatly cherish the challenge, energy and creativity of young people.  A key part of my current work is helping care-leavers and young homeless people transition to successful independent living. Though I have also worked at the other end of the life spectrum in the hospice movement, with end-of-life clients and their relatives.
In addition to counselling,  I work as a specialist mentor, supporting students with ADHD, Aspergers, Eating Disorders and other psychological and emotional needs to continue their studies.
 
I'm a fully trained Integrative counsellor, and am always keen to  learn more about how counselling can work . Beyond my core qualifications , other areas that inform my approach include studies on: how we are conscious of our own existence; how far we feel separated from or connected to others; what we take from and give to our environments;  how we have evolved; and how to use strategies to better connect our thoughts and feelings.
 
I'm a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and abide by their ethical code, including a firm faith that successful therapy lies in trusting to people's autonomy. 
 
 
 
My credentials
 
MA Humanities
PGCE (FE)
Dip Therapeutic Counselling
 
MBACP