No two people are the same so I offer a flexible counselling and psychotherapy service that is tailored to you as an individual and which is built around a supportive and non-judgmental relationship, whatever your background or circumstances.
My practice is called Third Space Counselling for two reasons:
- The therapeutic space has three fields within it – one occupied by the client, one by the therapist, and a third space that’s co-created by the client and their therapist. The third space that is created during therapy is where personal growth and change can occur.
- People usually have a home and a second place such as work, school or university. Their ‘third space’ is somewhere else where they feel safe, valued and included, such as their gym, church, library, favourite cafe or community group.
I aim to provide both of these for you – a therapeutic space in which you can change and grow and somewhere you can feel safe, listened to and accepted.
I can help you in the following ways:
A holistic approach: this involves attending to all of you – your feelings, sensations, thoughts, actions, and your whole life situation. When you become aware of yourself as a whole, you become better able to navigate whatever may be currently troubling you and prepared for whatever the future may bring.
The present: people can become stuck in their histories, past mistakes or problems, which can sometimes make them fear the future. Developing an awareness of your past and its connections to your present enables you to make different choices and prevent unhelpful patterns from being repeated.
A gentle presence: I aim to be direct in a respectful way. This allows you to discover a more flexible sense of self that is yours forever and helps you be a more effective problem-solver for yourself in your future life.
Concrete support: successful therapy involves being able to face some of the most uncomfortable and painful parts of your self. To be open to these experiences requires a supportive and empathic therapist. My support is offered as as concrete and solid – you will know that I am alongside you during your therapeutic journey.
Therapist-as-partner: therapy occurs in the context of your relationship with your therapist. The relationship is the laboratory for your therapy and provides you with a safe space to explore changes you may wish to make in your life.
Life experience: I have had wide and varied life experiences from which I can draw on as a professional. I am trained to ‘bracket’ my own experiences, however, so that your therapy is focussed on you.
I have worked with clients to overcome a broad range of issues including:
- Anxiety, worry, panic and PTSD
- Persistent low mood and depression
- Relationship difficulties (personal, family, work)
- Bereavement and loss
- ‘Time of life’ issues (e.g. retirement, ’empty nest’, ageing)
- Low self-esteem
- Guilt, anger, fear
- Disordered eating
- Childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault or rape
- Issues relating to gender identity or sexuality
I provide solution-focused brief therapy, short-term counselling or longer-term depth psychotherapy, according to your needs and wishes.
It’s important to note that counselling is not a crisis service, however, there are many organisations who can help you if you are in crisis.
Some numbers are listed below or call 999 if you are at immediate risk of harm.
Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SANE (0300 304 7000) has a helpline that is available from 4:30pm – 10:30pm every evening. They also offer text support, support forums and more.
Rape Crisis Tyneside & Northumberland (0800 035 2794) provides a helpline on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 6pm-8.30pm and on Fridays from 11.00am-2.00pm for any woman aged 13+ who has experienced sexual violence (including rape or child sexual abuse) at any time in her life.
Childline (0800 11 11) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.
PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) operates a national helpline to support teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.