As a registered member of the main professional body for counselling, the BACP, I help clients with life problems and issues, often showing up as some combination of anxiety and depression. I have a special interest in people who are experiencing professional, academic or relational burnout. I know what burnout can feel like, and I was astonished to find that this common hazard to mental and physical wellbeing is almost entirely absent from counselling theory and practice. My mission - both professional and personal - is to fill this gap as best I can, especially at a time when this is an increasingly live issue for so many.
I will use counselling skills, informed by an understanding of burnout, to help you get a new perspective on the stresses operating on you, how these stresses are affecting your mind, body and personal relationships, and the inner resources you have and can draw on. I offer both the traditional open-ended relationship and Single Session Counselling. SSC is a structured, evidence-based and client-centred way of helping the client to identify their most urgent problem and come away from the session with a viable strategy for change.
I trained as an integrative counsellor using the two dominant counselling traditions, psychodynamic and person-centred. I also integrate other models such as CBT and mindfulness when helpful. Coming into counselling was a big sideways leap for me, from 30-odd years as a software developer. I know what it is to know that something has to change, and I know what it is to make that change.