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I began my counselling training in 1999 and qualified in 2003. I have worked full time within the profession ever since. I have heaps of varied experience and qualifications. However, as much as I think that they are valuable and important, my advice to anyone looking for a therapist is that the counselling relationship is the most important element. You need to feel comfortable and safe with the person who will accompany you on your very personal journey. I am often told that people feel a connection when they work with me, that I understand their struggles. I may challenge you at times and it may be difficult, counselling often is, but I aim to make you feel safe, heard and held.
Counselling is a fantastic resource when it works well. Sadly, some people have had a very negative experience and if you are one of those people then I appreciate your bravery in looking again. I have had different counsellors over the years and the majority have been excellent, life changing in fact but there has been an occasional mis-match or bad experience. If I am not the right therapist for you, for whatever reason, I will do my best to signpost you to another service or counsellor.
Apart from missing my sand tray dreadfully (if you don't know what that is, do feel free to ask), I have been really surprised by how well online and telephone counselling has suited me and my clients. This picture shows me in my current environment and gives you an idea of what to expect. A cup of tea is my constant companion.