“It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried” - Carl Rogers
I trained as a Person-Centred counsellor (a form of humanistic therapy), graduating with an MA in Counselling from the University of East Anglia. The Person-Centred approach is based on the work of Carl Rogers, and I choose this way of working because it is gentle, non-intrusive, and highly respective of the individual’s own capacity for growth and healing. Rogers believed that all humans have innate potential for growth and change, and that within the right facilitative relationship this will quite naturally flourish in an organic way. I feel that life is infinitely more complex than we often realise, and sometimes we need to stop and give some attention to the way that we are living.
I have a BA in English Literature. I feel this background both informs and complements the work I do. My enduring curiosity about the nature of the human condition and psyche began here and I continue to find inspiration in great writing. I am fascinated by the power of poetic metaphor and imagery to evoke emotion and stimulate memory. I draw on this in my work.
I also trained in the Focusing-oriented approach, and may use this in our work. Still person-centred, still a talking therapy, it is a really effective and safe way to help you to get in touch with some of those more difficult feelings.
I work both with adults and young people, and have worked as a youth counsellor at The Norwich Centre for Professional Development. I also taught on the Introduction to Counselling skills course at the Norwich Centre and co-facilitated on the Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy course run by the University of East Anglia.
Currently I choose to concentrate on my own private practice in south-west Norwich, and on my professional development. I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and am bound by their ethical framework.