After struggling for many years with my own personal issues, I tried to seek help regarding the traumatic experiences I had endured whilst at a boarding school for deaf children. I felt isolated from my family and, after leaving school, felt excluded from the hearing world.
I tried to find a deaf counsellor, but I couldn't find one in the south of England and the cost of travel was too prohibitive. Eventually I received the help that I needed, and was so impressed by the changes that counselling helped me to achieve, that I wanted to be able to help other people in the same way.
Now I am a qualified counsellor, I have experience of dealing with many issues as well as deafness. Subjects include: bereavement, anxiety, depression, sexuality, anger management, sexual assault and childhood trauma, etc.
Prior to setting up my private practice, I provided counselling for Life Changes (Southampton), The Rowans Hospice (Waterlooville), Peter Symonds College (Winchester), and IAPT Services (Portsmouth). I still continue to do voluntary work, and try to raise awareness of the problems that deaf people face in the community, and when trying to access counselling and psychological therapies. To this end, I will be running Deaf Awareness Workshops in the near future.
I use the Humanistic counselling model which respects the client and supports them to achieve their full potential in a non-judgemental way.
I can work with you to enable you to identify and process presenting issues, which will help you to overcome these problems and move on. All clients are unique, and so after the initial consultation I will establish which therapeutic approach will be most beneficial to support you with your journey. For example, a Person-Centred Approach, Transactional Analysis (TA), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Creative Therapy (art, modelling etc.)
I am also a qualified mediator and can provide assistance in employment and domestic disputes. Please contact me for details.