When you are looking for help, someone to share your thoughts with, there are a number of things you’ll need to consider.
Let me tell you more about me so you can make the right decision.
I will be honest with you, so that we can build a genuine relationship. And I will seek to create a space where you can be honest and open with me, to explore your journey so far and help you find your answers.
The aim is to ensure you feel safe to ask questions and investigate your feelings with me. We will do this together.
Being neurodivergent myself, having Dyspraxia, I’ve spent many years struggling with things which others found easy. I’ve had to find my own ways; adapting, learning and working harder to be where I wanted to be and to achieve what I wanted to achieve. I’ve found that my personal and family experience of our own neurodivergence, continues to help me understand the importance of individual difference and recognise that acceptance is necessary to feel more yourself.
You are you – those things which make you feel different are the things which make you who you are. Letting go of what you cannot do and embracing what you do – and do well – leads to a happier, more unified sense of self. Together we’re looking to a future where you’ll embrace standing out, while choosing the times and places where you may want to fit in and those you will fit in with.
My Dyspraxia has helped me realise the importance of understanding the language others use for clear meaning. I have the skillset now to adapt and can help you find the best way to communicate your needs, making sure you are understood and acknowledged.
If, like me, you have found that thinking and processing language, social situations and emotional regulation can be hard, we’ll find a way together to make sure we are both heard and understood – a way that works for each of us, but which doesn’t have to be the same.
I became a counsellor to help others find their answers, to work with people who struggle with understanding and accepting themselves.
Helping you get to know yourself better, we can explore what you need and I can:
I understand that each person I work with is an individual, and what has brought you to me are the experiences from your life. I can give you the space to explore those experiences, to understand what your needs are and to find the possible paths your journey might take.
I got my HE Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling in Leicester, which I followed with a BSc (Hons) in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Sherwood Institute (Nottingham).
I’m still learning, it’s essential for me to keep growing as a counsellor so I regularly attend CPD (Continuing Professional Development) workshops to expand my knowledge and skills.
Throughout my time counselling I’ve worked with a number of charities: New Dawn New Day (a women’s project in Leicester), The Bower House (a Christian counselling service in Market Harborough), Coping with Cancer (helping support cancer sufferers and their families), Cruse Bereavement Care (a national bereavement support organisation) and Leicester LGBT Centre (a local LGBTQ+ community support centre).
I am also working towards a diploma in supervision, having completed the training I am now able to provide supervision to other counsellors.