counselling and psychotherapy
Adjusting to change ~ making sense of the past ~ finding your future

Life has many challenges, and it is common to feel overwhelmed at times.  It may be your current circumstances, including events beyond your control.  It may also be unresolved issues from your past that keep re-emerging.  You may find it difficult to make important decisions.  Or you may feel overcome by fear, confusion, or self-doubt - resulting in increased stress, anxiety and/or depression.

Counselling and Psychotherapy can provide an opportunity for you to find a way out of your feelings of distress and help you look forward in a new direction; gaining support and insight that will help you to navigate problems that seem insurmountable.

As a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I seek to understand and assess your individual situation, your background, your unique needs, and also identify your strengths and unique abilities.  I want to know you as best I can, and then together we can identify hindrances from the past, explore solutions and begin to put helpful plans into place.

My aim is to offer you hope, and to assist in making sense of the past, and envisioning a better future.

My approach is tailored to your specific needs and may include a combination of theoretical models, drawn from the following:

  • Cognitive Behavioural

  • Psychodynamic

  • Solution-Focused

  • Family Systems

Here is a brief explanation of each approach:

Cognitive Behavioural

Taking on the basic principles of behavioural and cognitive psychology, this approach focuses on developing new coping strategies to address your current problems.  This is done by examining and ultimately changing unhelpful patterns in your thoughts, behaviours, and emotions.  It is an action-oriented form of therapy and requires looking closely at beliefs, behaviours, and the thoughts that surround them.  This may include looking at your past experiences and relationships as we try to understand how your core beliefs were developed which led to current thought processes. The premise is that thoughts are often the driving factor behind our emotional states – so the aim is to look very closely at the thought/feeling connection and test our thoughts against objective reality.  The result can be a positive change in your feelings (and sense of well-being) as you tailor your thoughts and perceptions more accurately and rationally.


This therapeutic approach is an outgrowth of some of the earliest methods used to treat conditions of the mind, and it relies on an understanding of how behaviors and emotions have a link to the unconscious or subconscious.  The importance of insight is critical, as patterns are identified in relationships and through emotional reactions that often have their origins in past experiences and particularly in childhood.  These patterns or behaviours may not be clear to you, but through psychodynamic psychotherapy you can become more aware of your reactions and bring these unconscious processes more into the conscious arena where they can be dealt with more effectively.  This discovery can also include processing events from the more recent past that have had a traumatic impact upon you, and have become imbedded in your subconscious, leading to emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Solution Focused

This “strength-based” therapeutic technique is designed to support clients in identifying and hopefully replicating successful choices and behaviours.   Looking closely at those times when your problem was not evident or was less severe (sometimes called “exceptions”) we can discover how you managed and coped, using existing strengths and positive traits.  Therefore, solutions are often found within your own experience and can be repeated and developed through recognition and commitment to positive change, even if small and incremental. 

Family Systems

A type of systems therapy following on the work of Murray Bowen, this approach looks at the degree of “differentiation” you have towards your family of origin.  This is based upon your capacity to manage emotions, thoughts, individuality identity, and connection to others.  For example, a high level of differentiation would suggest that you are less emotionally reactive in close relationships, and have a distinct intellectual and emotional functioning from that of your family.  Low levels of differentiation however, can result in being emotionally “fused” and overly reactive and dependent on other’s approval and acceptance.  This can make you more vulnerable to stress and you may find it difficult to adjust to life changes.  So, the aim of this approach is to increase your ability to act independently as an individual, while remaining connected to those close to you.

Areas of Expertise

Drawing from over 25 years' experience, I can assist you with a wide variety of emotional and psychological issues as follows:

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • loss and adjustment to change

  • anger management

  • stress management

  • panic feelings

  • post traumatic stress disorder

  • obsessive compulsive disorder

  • student issues 

  • workplace stress 

  • relationship breakdown

  • mental health disorders

  • self-confidence and self-image struggles

Contact Me - Please feel free to send me a message with any questions you may have in the box below or email me at: and I will reply as soon as possible. 

Coronavirus Note: Currently, I can only offer counselling/psychotherapy by Telephone and/or Skype, due to government guidance.

16 HamiltonTerrace

Holly Walk

Office Four

Leamington Spa, CV32 4LY

​​Tel: 07775 742349


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