I understand that it can be difficult acknowledging that you need to speak with a counsellor, after all, you may never have sought help before, let alone from a stranger.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM ME?
You can expect me to see your worth, and treat you with respect, regardless of the experiences that you have had and the choices that you have made. You can expect me to be ethical and fully committed to our therapeutic relationship, working at your pace on the things that concern you. I will be transparent, and will refer you to an alternative counsellor or psychotherapist, if I don't feel that we would be a good fit.
My relevant Qualifications and Training:
Advanced clinical training in Transactional Analysis (working towards UKCP registration)
Emotional Freedom Technique Level 1
Introduction to African Caribbean Counselling & Psychotherapy
University Advanced Diploma: Introduction to Couple Counselling (Relate, Level 6)
Certificate in Counselling Skills
PGCE - Primary education
Psychology and Anthropology Bsc (hons) (2:1)
Do I have a specialism?
I work with traumatised individuals, who express their pain through panic attacks, high levels of anxiety, and depression.
I specialise in relational therapy with individuals who were betrayed as children, through emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and the quality of our relationship is central to our work. Through the processes involved in your relationship with me, we can explore how you relate to yourself and others, whilst gaining a sense of your emotional needs and how best to address them.
My main approach to mental health is based in Transactional Analysis which has the core beliefs of:
I'm OK, You're OK - in other words, we all have worth as human beings simply because we exist, and can expect mutual respect.
We can all think and influence the outcome of our lives
Decisions can be changed - especially those life limiting decisions that helped us to survive as children, but are no longer helpful.
I view counselling and psychotherapy as a co-creative process so, whether you have a specific concern or are wanting to explore non specific uncomfortable feelings, I won't be 'working on', or trying to 'fix' you. Instead, we will work together towards your goals for therapy, with the aim of enabling you to live your life as you want to. I'm holistic in my view of emotional well-being, and along side counselling and psychotherapy, I may incorporate mindfulness exercises, or use EFT (emotional freedom technique or tapping) where it seems appropriate. Together, we can create an environment where insight, healing and growth can occur.
If you are looking for a counsellor in Stockport or East Manchester, feel free to call or send me an email. I'll get back to you within 24hrs, usually less.