Hello and WelcomeAre you feeling unfulfilled or unhappy? Feeling lost and unsure of who you are?
Are you living your life to its fullest potential and achieving your hopes and dreams? Or perhaps not?
Do you find yourself saying 'Yes' when you really want to say 'No'.
Are you stuck in a revolving situation that repeats in many different yet familiar ways?
Our thoughts influence our feelings and thoughts can cause unhappiness for so many of us. 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 However many of them will not be helpful and may be old and outdated.
Therapy is a process and the journey of exploring who you really and truly are, bringing the potential for change that can turn your life around only when you are ready, willing and prepared to face your true self.
A little about me as a TherapistI have 22 years experience as a Counsellor in Substance Misuse (12 years), Sexual Health (13 years), Sight Loss (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.
I aim to be open, empathic and accepting. To help you feel able to explore whatever is causing you pain, distress or unhappiness in life.
I encourage you to explore what you believe and how you see the world as this may be getting in the way of your growth and reaching your 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 peaceful and aware - bringing this practice into our daily life is so very important for us.
Space in a therapy session can assist this greatly.
For more about my therapeutic style, please see My Approach.
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 I have witnessed a silverback gorilla (in Parc des Volcans Rwanda) protect his group by charging and asserting his role as leader and 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..... been to Vietnam and Cambodia seeing the prison where people were held before being taken to their death in The Killing Fields. visited Ground Zero less than a year after the 911 attack and Sri Lanka after the Tsunami in 2004....... 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 tree climbing 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 have done this, as my passion and love of both animals and people are the common thread throughout. 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 and workshops regularly. I go to Meditation retreats a few times a year to 'refuel and recharge'.... to look after myself.
I also 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 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.
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.
Who do I see?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 you may find answers in my FAQ section.