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At times we experience things in our lives that can cause harm, damage us, crack us, or break us in some way. That might be emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, physically, in our relationships, in how we feel about ourselves, other people, or the world we live in. It might affect our day to day functioning, our ability to work, or do things we would normally enjoy. We might get to a place where we feel stuck, and can't see a way forwards to where we want to be.

In Japan, broken dishes and bowls are pieced back together and repaired with a lacquer mixed with gold. Once mended, the breaks have not gone away, it is not that the events that caused them did not happen, but the dish/bowl is able to function as it did before it was broken, except now it is considered to be more valuable because of the scars it holds.

The goal of counselling is to see restoration and wholeness, being able to live a life where past events no longer leave us broken in some way, but instead being able to live life whole, and functioning as we wish, and where old scars can offer an unexpected value in our lives. Counselling cannot take away the experiences you have had, but through the therapy process we can make sense of what you have experienced, what those experiences have meant for you, and put back together the 'broken pieces' these experiences have caused.

 

About Me

I am a BACP registered counsellor (register number 333403) offering professional counselling to adult clients in central Winchester. I am also registered with UKATA, EATA, and ITAA.

 

My initial training (BA degree) was in Integrative Counselling. I have subsequently trained in the CAMS - Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality - Framework, completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Trauma Studies, and a certificate in Internal Family Systems Therapy, as well as regular continuing professional education workshops and short courses. I am currently completing my Certified Complex Trauma Practitioner certification, and working towards a psychotherapy qualification in Transactional Analysis.

I have worked as a counsellor in Winchester over a number of years, and previously worked as a counsellor in Watford. Prior to this, I was involved with conducting annual reviews of the efficacy of therapeutic communities around the UK.​

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Issues I Work With

I have experience in working with a wide range of issues including:

 

Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Conditions, Attachment issues, Bereavement, Bullying, Carer Support, Child related issues, Childhood abuse, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Divorce, Domestic Abuse, Eating disorders, Family issues, Gambling, Gender, Hearing voices, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Paranoia, Panic attacks, Personality disorders, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Postnatal depression, Pregnancy related issues, Psychosis, Redundancy, Relationship issues, Self-confidence, Self-esteem, Self-harm, Sexual abuse, Sexuality, Spirituality, Smoking, Stress, Suicidal thoughts/feelings/behaviours, Transgenerational trauma, Women's issues, Work-related issues.

 

I am particularly passionate about working with clients who may: 

  • have experienced early attachment disruption

  • have experienced or are experiencing trauma or abuse - including abuse and trauma in childhood, adulthood, cultural or transgenerational trauma

  • have experience dissociation

  • have a personality disorder diagnosis

  • self harm

  • experience suicidal feelings, thoughts, or impulses

Trauma / Abuse

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Dissociation

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Suicidal Feelings

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