March 2020 update: Like many therapists, I’ve made the decision to continue working online (voice and video call) and by telephone, for the foreseeable future.
I have past experience offering short- and long-term telephone counselling and I am fully covered by my insurance to offer this again now.
Please get in touch if you would like to have a chat about this.
I can provide a confidential and compassionate service in Bristol to support you with concerns about compassion fatigue and other forms of ‘burnout‘, trauma, anger, anxiety and low mood, problematic drinking and gambling, as well as other challenging situations, whether they be in relationships, in health, or in work.
I have enjoyed working with adults from a broad range of backgrounds, ages, and professions: university and college students, stay at home parents, self-employed business people, competitive sports-people, public and voluntary sector employees, and political campaigners and activists.
As an Irish-Canadian living in the UK, I’m acutely aware of cultural differences, and I welcome the chance to work with a diverse range of people.
I am happy to answer any initial queries you have by email or mobile, so please do get in touch.
My approach to counselling is Person Centred, which means that we work together on what you would like to work on, at your pace. This means that I would regularly check-in with you for feedback about how you think the counselling is going, and if you think we need to change anything.
I understand that counselling can be a difficult experience for anybody, so I do my best to emphasise what Carl Rogers calls the Core Conditions of empathy, being non-judgemental, and being as honest as I can.
To keep up to date with best practice, I receive clinical supervision once per month and regularly attend professional development events.
What to expect
Once we have been in contact by email or telephone, we will arrange to meet fo an initial session, either by mobile phone or online voice or video call.
During the first session, you can tell me what has brought you to counselling and I may ask a lot of questions. I will also explain in more detail how I work and explain how the confidentiality of the counselling relationship works.
You can then decide if you would like to book further sessions.
Tips for mobile phone and/or online voice or video calls:
- find a place in your home where you can speak confidentially and are unlikely to be interrupted
- wear your most comfortable headphones, preferably with a microphone
- if possible, do not sit somewhere where you usually relax or work – this helps keep the themes and emotions that might arise during therapy separate from your other activities
- have a glass of water to hand but not tea/coffee or other snacks
- I will check in with you at the beginning and end of the sessions to see how you are doing and, possibly, to do a grounding exercise.
I will never ‘analyse’ you; instead I would ask you to tell me what is troubling you and we can work together to find out what you want to do about this. I may suggest techniques to use, such as a relaxation technique.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
If you ever have any concerns about our work together that you do not feel comfortable raising with me, you could contact the BACP.
For more information about the way the BACP manages professional conduct concerns, please visit this BACP page.
Training and qualifications
I completed the Foundation Degree in Counselling (University of Bristol) in Autumn 2013 and have been practising regularly as a one-to-one and group counsellor since my first trainee post in Autumn 2011.
I qualified as a supervisor in January 2020.
Please get in touch if you have any questions