I can provide a confidential and compassionate space 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 currently have appointment times available for students of counselling that can be booked on a more ‘ad hoc’ basis, so we wouldn’t meet every week. Please get in touch if you would like to have a chat about this.
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.
My work in addictions has highlighted for me the support needs of family members and friends of people with addictive behaviours, primarily problematic alcohol and gambling use.
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 an initial session.
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.
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.
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.
Please get in touch if you have any questions