I have been involved since 2012 with a charity providing psychodynamic counselling and clinical training placements for students. Here I provided open ended therapy and initial assessment reports for clients of all ages coming to the service via self referral, GP's and Community Mental Health Services. Frequently addressed issues have been life transitions, relationship problems, stress, change of career/retirement, anxiety and depression
I have experience of working with an agency providing time limited (8 - 12 sessions) counselling for young people aged 14 - 25 years in East Surrey. Referrals through CAMHS, school pastoral care support and youth workers.
Over the last few years I have gained extensive experience with people presenting/diagnosed as having complex mental health presentations.. When you are overwhelmed on a day to day basis coping with symptoms it can be hard to establish what you need and sometimes even harder to make your voice heard. I can help you to find information, make choices and practise techniques to gain back some control, build resilience and plan for the future. Experience in this area covers understanding the impact of a professional diagnosis, suicidal ideation, gender identity, self harm, depression and eating disorders.
If you are struggling with an addiction .... I can work alongside you from the starting point of uncertainty at the idea of making a change to staying in touch with the desire and reasons to keep going. I have completed a 2 year clinical placement with a substance misuse agency (alcohol and drug addiction) practising rational emotive 1:1 counselling and also facilitating SMART (self management & recovery training) group therapy sessions from NHS premises based in Dorking.
I am a keen advocate for promoting wellbeing and raising mental health awareness. If appropriate to your needs we can draw on the practical methods of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and the Recovery Model to build resources, awareness and planning skills.