Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Who do I work with? Adults, Couples, Young People 12+ and Families
How do I work? Online, Face-to-Face and offers Walking Therapy
Where am I based? Wales, LL11
I help young people, adults, families and couples towards secure relationships, to learn to live more comfortably with themselves and others and to develop emotional regulation and resilience. Through my work in trauma and relational and attachment trauma I have become neuro and trauma informed and better able to understand the sensory profiles and personal challenges of those with ADHD and ASD, giftedness, twice and multiple exceptionality & sensory issues. Neuro diversity can so often be co-occurring with trauma and relational trauma, understanding why can be particularly helpful for you and those around you.
I have a particular passion and preference for working with neurodivergent and sensitive clients because of my own personal, lived experience. Why some of us are more susceptible to becoming overwhelmed underpins the continual development of my work, but the science ( the neurobiology ) is always woven with acceptance, warmth and compassion.
Ways of Working
We are all different; our genetics and everything that has ever happened to us creates a uniqueness. This is why I work Integratively, drawing from different techniques from different therapeutic modalities to respond to the affective, behavioural, cognitive and psychological aspects of you and your process.
Working with feelings, thoughts and behaviours, observing the body as well as the mind, we find that we ourselves become integrated; we become a fuller and more authentic version of ourselves. Having trained in the Integrative Therapy model I blend somatic, sensorimotor and polyvagal work into my practise to best support the mind AND the body.
I also work collaboratively with specialist occupational therapists and coaches, all experienced in Autism and ADHD, offering therapeutic services which enhance all of the above. During your first session I will appreciate that you may never have been to therapy before and seek to reassure you that this is a kind and careful process, delivered with respect and sensitivity. What we know about good therapy is that it’s what happens between us, within this safe space, that affects change. Having met for the first time I believe that you will know whether I am the right therapist for you and whether you are ready to engage with the process.
You will not be expected to relive upsetting aspects of your past, this kind of work is paced and we resource, we equip and stabilise as we go and if uncomfortable feelings emerge we hold them whilst we build tolerance and resilience. A part of the work is to develop your own advocating voice; I might slow you down to keep you within your window, but I will never ask you to operate beyond it.
You may be seeking help to make sense of the present or the past, to better understand yourself, to better manage your emotions, your mood or stress. Perhaps you are struggling with your friendships, partner, family or relationships at work. You might suspect that you are neuro divergent and want to explore how life is for you and why, to work through pre-diagnosis screening, create a sensory profile or to come to terms with a diagnosis , your emerging identity and the process itself.
Whatever has brought you to therapy, it’s helpful to establish what it is that you seek. It is also important for me to know the wider picture, which is why it will include questions about some aspects of your medical history, any symptoms that you are experiencing, if you’ve had therapy before and how you found the experience, for example.
We will also talk about any safeguarding issues and establish the nature of our confidentiality. I will ask you to ensure that you are in a safe and confidential space before we begin.
The Types of Issues I Support Neurodivergent Clients With
- A self-soothing, kind, encouraging, nurturing and supportive inner voice
- Self-awareness and respect
- Awareness of patterns of behaviour that no longer serve
- A feeling of safety, security
- Knowing self
- Healthy boundaries
- Connection with ourselves and with others
- Compassion for shamed and hidden parts of ourselves
- Coping with and managing rejection sensitivity dysmorphia
- Purpose and meaning, pleasure and joy
- An awareness and knowledge of sensation, an acceptance and modulation of our emotions and ability to use them as our guide for well-being
- Emotional resilience and regulation
- Improved levels of anxiety
- A feeling of empowerment and self worth
- To understand your STRESS and to build a bespoke prescription of self-care, to know what you need to take care of yourself
- Knowledge of helpful research and psychological education
- Practical strategies for life at home, in school or at work
- Self advocation in education and employment for reasonable adjustments
- Sensory profile awareness, knowing how our environment impacts us
- Communication and support in relationships
BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy
Post graduate studies in working with ADHD and ASD and Trauma
Additional CPD Specific to Neurodiversity
Best Practice when Supporting Autistic Clients – Aspire Autism Consultancy
ADHD in The Therapy Room – Aspire Autism Consultancy