Professional Counsellor in Private Practice
Red Maple Counselling
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a person-centred counsellor, and I believe that the way you see and experience the world is crucial in ensuring that you are at the centre of the therapeutic work. I hold a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I have worked with a variety of diverse clients to gain varied experience in the following areas. Further to this, I have a teaching qualification with significant experience in educational environments.
I aim to provide an inclusive counselling service that offers a safe, non-judgmental space for all clients. Having worked with a diverse range of clients, I appreciate that there may be many different reasons why someone might consider counselling.
As the client, you are the primary focus at all times, and our counselling sessions will focus on you and your journey. Your journey of growth and development will be supported with care meaning your individuality and uniqueness are the core foundation. My role is to walk alongside you in your experiences. With that, I understand the importance of respecting and understanding individuality in the uniqueness of your experiences. What you feel, say and experience will be held within the boundaries of confidentiality, safeguarding and ethical working.
Areas of focus and experience
I believe that the relationships that we form and the experiences we have can shape way that we understand the world around.Understanding and exploring these is paramount during the course of the counselling journey. There may be times when those make us feel uneasy and the chance to reflect and think out aloud is necessary. Having support, an objective ear can help to better understand ourselves and how we relate to others.
Your journey as a client may be related to personal relationships, your working life, family challenges, life events and many other aspects of the world around us. It is important to be aware that you are not alone; you will be heard and listened to.With different roles within our lives, expectations and norms can impact upon the way we live our lives. I am further aware of how our experiences can be shaped by culture, identity and awareness.
I believe being able to understand how you experience the world and how this impacts upon you is crucial to working safely and effectively. All your concerns will be held, valued and supported to ensure that you are at the centre of the process.
Clients are encouraged to get in touch via email or telephone. I offer all clients an initial face to face assessment to see if I offer the best fit. I look forward to hearing from you.
- Relationships: Peer, marital and family
- Life events
- Family challenges
- Work-related concerns
- Male Mental health
- BAME mental health
- Infant loss/subsequent pregnancies
- Family and peer conflict
- Substance Misuse
- Survivors of sexual abuse, domestic abuse and violence
- Anxiety, low mood and depression
- Confidence and self-esteem.
- Pain conditions and other health-related concerns.
- Culture and Identity
- Teaching and Education
- Additional learning needs
My previous client work has involved working in Children’s centres with parents with who have children aged between 0-19. As such, I understand the pressures of raising children in potentially challenging circumstances. I am able consider and reflect upon the role of mothers, fathers and also the impact of cultural experiences upon these roles.
I have worked with survivors of domestic and sexual violence and abuse. Creating and maintaining trusting and supportive relationships are areas for understanding and support. I am able to consider how our backgrounds and cultural experiences can impact upon the way we experience the world and our relationships with others. Specifically, I have worked with clients from the South-Asian Community to ensure access to counselling.Linked to this, I have gained invaluable experience and understanding in working with Male Mental health concerns.
It is important to me to each clients who may not otherwise access talking therapies and mental health support. Such work is done within the confines of the BACP ethical framework to maintain confidentiality where possible and working safely to support clients on their journey.
My experience of working in Educational Organisations and with students who have additional support needs has also informed my counselling practice.
I have also worked with the Foundation for Infant Loss training to offer counselling to bereaved parents/carers, as well during subsequent pregnancies.