Background, Counselling Style & Theory


For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a natural curiosity about human nature. My first counselling role was working for Camden City Islington Westminster Bereavement Service in 2007. To be able to offer a safe and confidential space for people to explore and express their painful feelings and difficult emotions, to listen and understand, to walk alongside someone as they navigate their way through the grieving process, is a life-affirming experience, and one I shall be forever grateful for.

Having worked in both public and private sectors, has given me knowledge and understanding in working with people from various backgrounds and different cultures.  Similarly,  my own life experience has shaped the way in which I work and has given me the self-awareness to work competently with a diverse range of clients.

Counselling Style

I offer an integrative style of therapy; which basically means I will combine and use principles, skills, technniques and knowledge from several specific therapy approaches, tailored to support your individual needs.

Theory of Practice

Having a sound theory provides the framework for effective counselling.  The theory for my professional integrative counselling training was Petruska Clarkson’s 5 Stranded Relationship Model.  She suggests there are 5 relationship stages that clients go through:-

  1. The Working Alliance Relationship
  2. The Transferential/Counter-Transferential Relationship
  3. The Reparative/Developmentally-needed Relationship
  4. The Person-to-Person Relationship
  5. The Transpersonal Relationship.

As John Rowan says in his book (The Reality Game: Routledge 1998):-

“If we say that human beings exist on at least five levels – body, feelings, intellect, soul and spirit – then we have to do justice to all five of these levels in all of our efforts at realising human potential.”

Counselling  is not an experience to be feared.  It is a gentle, unravelling process –  and yet it can be profoundly life-changing, as I myself have personally witnessed.  Why not give it a try?