Qualifications

  • Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy

  • Dip. Clinical Hypnosis

  • PhD. 

 

Training

  • Integrative - utilising several theories to inform practice

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) & Mindfulness

  • Couples - Gottman Method (Level 1&2 training) & Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)

  • Grief & Loss

  • Trauma Informed and Somatic Therapy

  • EMDR

  • Rewind for Trauma: Closure without Disclosure (IARTT) 

  • Hypnotherapy

 

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My Philosophy

  • It is my belief that suffering is an inescapable part of life and that while we all face life challenges, our experiences of pain and suffering are unique to each.

  • My role as a therapist is to provide a safe space in which trust will grow. As this occurs, we work together to explore your concerns in a way that will deepen your insight and wisdom in your search for solutions, personal growth, health and well-being.  

  • Having lived in a number of different countries, I have an appreciation and respect for cultural differences, values and beliefs.

  • This experience has also left me with an abiding sense of our common humanity.

  • Hearts and Mind Counselling, reflects my belief that a consideration of the whole person is essential to personal growth and the healing process.

 

My Journey into Counselling

  • A curiosity and interest in life in all it's complexity has led me to explore different pathways, from nursing, university teacher to counsellor. This interest led me to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of our common quest for meaning and purpose.

  • Through a combination of experience, education and training I am equipped to support you through your journey. My life's focus has always been on working alongside people.

 

Your Journey

  • The first session always begins with an assessment, this is to ensure that counselling/therapy will be of benefit to you. It is also to ensure you are comfortable about entering into the therapeutic relationship.  

  • When you enter into the therapeutic process, any fears of judgement, shame or stigma will be laid to rest and you will begin to receive the assistance you need to address your concerns. 

Ethics

  •  Membership of a professional body

  • Commitment to ongoing professional development and supervision

  • Trust and confidentiality forms the basis of the counselling relationship

  • Duty of care means that if, at any time, you become a danger to yourself or others, it may become necessary to break confidentiality - following, as much as possible, discussion with you.