I am a professional and experienced bereavement counsellor offering individual therapy in Crawley, West Sussex.
I feel very passionate about what I do, and I am sincerely hoping that this shows in my work.
I am pleased to announce that I have resumed Face to Face Therapy from the 13th July 2020. Those clients who wish to continue working remotely, I will remain supporting through offering online or telephone counselling.
I understand that life can get difficult at times and as a result of any sudden change implemented on us we might lose a sense of self and start feeling anxious, depressed or even suicidal. You might have experienced loss of a relationship or are recently bereaved. I know how complicated grief can be. You might feel numb or angry. You might be in a state of shock from the pure disbelieve that this has happened to you. To get on with your life as your friends and family expect you to after certain amount of time might be harder than you have ever imagined. I know far too well how that feels. My own grieving journey was far from straight forward. And that's why I am here to help.
The first step is always hardest.
How can counselling help you
Together we will work through the stages of grief. There is no right or wrong way to grief. There is no time limit to the journey. I'll be led by you and we'll go at your pace. There be no limit to hear your story over and over again as very often it's the repetition and making sense of the death that helps the grieving process. Grief can trigger further unexpected emotions and feelings and I'll be beside you to help you to manage them.
My aim as a therapist is to guide you through what at times can be a difficult journey, offering you confidential, non-judgemental and accepting space to explore whatever brought you to counselling.
As a result of any loss you might have started to feel more anxious and this can cause you to feel trapped and frightened to face the world. Being depressed can cause you to lose interest in the things you used to enjoy. You might feel afraid that people will see you as a failure. You might constantly feel guilty or have a feeling that you are letting everyone down.
The therapeutic relationship offers connection which means it helps you to reconnect with yourself and regain meaning and purpose in life.
I understand how difficult it is to entrust your most inner despair to anyone. Finding the right therapist can prove to be a challenging task.
All initial enquiries are very welcome (via email or phone) and you can then decide if you would like to work with me.
Support That Makes a Difference
Life throws many surprises at us, and whilst we cannot predict the outcome of any situation, we can take control of how we respond to them.
I have studied Person Centred and Gestalt Therapy together with Existential Philosophy at Greenwich University.
I believe that each of us have the inner strength and resources to get better. My role as a therapist is to navigate you through your journey and hopefully together we can find some answers you might be searching for. I understand that there might be times in your life that feel too overwhelming, perhaps scary or confusing. Therapy will offer you safe and non-judgemental space where you will be able to slowly regain your inner-strength and the ability to recover from your distress.
To help me to be the best I can in my profession I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Being a member means I abide by their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. The Ethical Framework is based on principals of autonomy, respect, trustworthiness, avoiding client's harm and promoting client's well-being. I also abide by the Guidance of good practice which include monitoring fitness to practice, accountability, provision of confidentiality and respect. I undertake regular continuing professional development (CPD) and my work is regularly overseen by a clinical supervisor. My policies and practices meet the high standard for data privacy introduced by the new European Union data protection law known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Qualification and experience
It would be fair to say that it was my life experiences that eventually lead me to my counselling profession. Prior to qualifying as a counsellor I worked as a support worker to adults with learning difficulties as well as teaching assistant and 1:1 class support at primary school.
Once entering the counselling profession, I have had the privilege to work with adults as well as youth. Two very different therapeutic approaches but equally rewarding.
I feel very proud to have been approached by and now working for a local charity - The Lucy Rayner Foundation - supporting those who lost their loved ones to suicide. Suicide grief can be more complex and prolonged. Trying to come to terms with all the "Why-s" and "If-s" is not easy. The shock of suicide can be long lasting and often people are not aware of this. Suicide can be a very difficult subject to talk about and it can create tension and uneasiness within the family and friends circle.
It was my honour to be a part of Carers Support West Sussex team and offer counselling to carers who on top of their caring role started to struggled with their mental health. Some of the therapeutic work contained working with anxiety, depression, bereavement, terminal illness, loss of self identity, relationship difficulties and many more.
As well as working with Carers Support I worked with Mind Crawley & Horsham as a peer mentor. This very different role allowed me to help people to improve their emotional well being, sense of belonging and self esteem.
Volunteering for over a year with YMCA Dialogue offered me unforgettable and thoroughly enjoyable experience of working with youth.
When working with youth I have come across presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, loss, peer pressure, finding their own identity, sexual identity, family dynamics, career choices, difficulties being a young carer and many more.
Foundation degree in Humanistic counselling FdSc,
NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling skills and theory,
NCFE Level 2 Award in helping skills,
NCFE Level 1 Award in interpersonal skills,
Further training includes:
Working with low mood, anxiety and resilience
Understanding and coping with Anxiety
Suicide awareness and prevention
Creative intervention in trauma work
Absent fathers and the impact on Self
COST & CONTACT
Daytime appointments: Monday - Thursday (9 am- 3.00 pm)
I work from home where I can offer comfortable and confidential space for our work.
£45 for a 50 min session
I accept cash on the day. If you would like to pay via bank transfer, this is payable 24 h before your session is due.
I require 48 h cancellation notice to avoid being charged.
Please be aware that there are stairs leading up to the property where I offer my daytime appointments and that my counselling room is located on the first floor. Unfortunately, I cannot provide disabled access. Also I am an owner of a very friendly dog.
There is free off-road parking in front of the property. Bus no. 1 stops at Tesco Express, which is a two minute walk to my property. Crawley train station is about 20 min walk, however there is a taxi service at the train station and a bus station just opposite the train station should you wish to use that.
Evening appointments: Wednesday & Thursday (5 pm- 8 pm)
£50 for a 50 min session
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