Hello and WelcomeAre you feeling unfulfilled or unhappy. Do you sometimes feel lost and unsure of who you are? Do you believe you are living your life to its fullest potential and are achieving your hopes and dreams? Or perhaps not? Do you find yourself saying 'no' when you really want to say 'yes'. Or vice versa? Are you stuck in a revolving situation that repeats in many different yet familiar ways?
There are often times when we make a startling realisation that this really is it. Life. Here and now. But if something 'feels' out of place or just plain wrong and there seems no other way than keep doing the same things over and over and feeling the same way over and over. Is this good enough? Perhaps it is time to address your self.
Our thoughts influence our feelings. Thoughts and feelings are integral to being human. Yet they cause untold unhappiness for so many. We learn beliefs throughout childhood which then influence our adult years. Some of these beliefs will be helpful. However many of them will not be helpful. This can be the basis of saying. "This is who I am". It is not however, entirely true.
Therapy and exploring who you really and truly are brings the potential for change that can turn your life around when you are ready and willing to face your self.
A little about me as a TherapistI have over 20 years experience employed as a Counsellor in the fields of Substance Misuse (Counsellor for 12 years), Sexual Health (Counsellor for 12 years), Sight Loss (Counsellor for 18 years) and in Higher Education (Counsellor for 5 years).
I offer Counselling and Psychotherapy sessions in Blyth (Northumberland) which is near Newcastle.
I have been MBACP Accredited and Registered since 2004.
My way of working as a Therapist is to be open, transparent and accepting, to help clients feel able to explore whatever is causing them pain, distress or unhappiness in their life.
I particularly encourage exploration of patterns of old ways of thinking and beliefs which may be getting in the way of growth and reaching personal goals. Our busy lives do not always allow time to pause, stop and be still. As these are the times when we feel at our most relaxed and peaceful - bringing this practice into our daily life is so very important for us. The therapeutic space in a therapy session can assist this greatly.
A little about me and my interestsI absolutely love to travel the world and have been to many incredible places meeting different cultures and people who live life on different continents, yet we all have in common that we are 'people'....we are 'human beings' and as such we are not perfect and are learning all the time.
I have met the gentlest of people in Mongolia mainly practicing Buddhist principles and way of life ....... been to several African countries meeting people whose family members were killed in the Genocide in Rwanda and to Vietnam and Cambodia visiting the prison where people were held before being taken to their death in The Killing Fields.
I have witnessed a silverback gorilla (in Parc des Volcans Rwanda) protect his group by charging and asserting his role as leader......visited Ground Zero less than a year after the 911 attack and Sri Lanka after the Tsunami in 2004....... flown in a hot air balloon over the Serengeti during the Great Migration with only the sounds and smells of the wilderbeest and zebra beneath the silent balloon.
I have spent time volunteering in Borneo at Orangutan Rehabilitation Centres and visiting remote Tribes deep in the Rainforest and walked many kilometres on several Greek Islands getting lost in olive groves and meeting goats along the way.
I document my trips with my hobby of photography so that each time I look at photographs I am transported back to that moment in time when I was there and pressed the shutter.
I feel privileged and incredibly grateful to be able to say all of this as this is my passion and my love of animals and people are the common thread throughout. I say all of this because I made a decision many years ago that this was what I wanted to do. To create experiences and have the memories to carry with me. I visualised and imagined and then made this my reality. I work hard to be able to do these things and make them happen and the pleasure I get is immense.
I attend meditation sessions, workshops and teachings regularly. I go to retreats a few times a year to 'refuel and recharge'.... to look after myself.
I walk for miles in the beautiful Northumberland National Park and along beaches in all weathers which can be exhilarating, incredibly fulfilling and therapeutic.
I am sharing this aspect of me to allow a little insight into my world. When I practice as a Therapist working with clients who want to be the best they can be and experience life fully, I am doing my best to do this in my own life. I aim to practice what I encourage in others.
I do my best to 'walk the walk' and not simply 'talk the talk'............
Where I am basedMy Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice is based close to Blyth (Cambois Beach) Northumberland only 5 minutes from the A189 (Spine Road). Within easy reach of Newcastle, Morpeth, Ashington, Cramlington and surrounding areas.
I see individuals (from 16 years of age upwards) and couples. I can offer Face to face sessions, telephone sessions and FaceTime or Skype sessions.
I offer sessions in a peaceful and calm space for both individuals and couples and I also offer outdoor therapy sessions. for individuals.
An outdoor environment can allow nature and space to impact the therapy and moving whilst walking and talking can encourage expression of feelings and emotions that may be accessed more easily for some clients outdoors than it is in a therapy room.
Please feel free to email me or contact me by telephone if you would like to know more about Outdoor Therapy.
If you have any further questions please see my FAQ section.
🌸 " if we learn to open our bearts, anyone including the people who drive us crazy can be our teacher”🌸