About Me

About Me

I have a corporate background, working for 18 years as an accountant specialising in risk advisory. The more I climbed the corporate ladder, the more interested I became in the people side of my role. I was passionate about helping my staff learn and develop and got a real buzz from seeing my staff succeed and progress within the company. I introduced the graduate trainee induction and training programme, as well as a mentoring and coaching programme for all levels of staff.

That passion has stayed with me, now that I am enjoying my second career.  Whether this is helping my clients learn to overcome their fears, grow in confidence or develop new coping strategies and more fulfilling relationships.

I have worked with clients that have experienced a wide range of personal issues, including anxiety, stress, depression, low self-esteem, loss and bereavement, feeling ‘stuck’, relationship and work issues, and many more.

I have also helped many clients make real changes in their lives through hypnotherapy. Whether this was to help with stress and anxiety, habits, fears or phobias, improving confidence and self-esteem, weight management, or stop smoking.

My Approach

I would describe my working style as being respectful and collaborate.  Whilst I am supportive, empathetic, and compassionate, I can also be very direct and challenging.

I offer bespoke therapy tailored to each individual and couple, assisting you in exploring and understanding your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I have a vast array of tools and techniques that have been incredibly beneficial in helping improve the lives of those that I work with. I will help you find new ways to solve problems, grow in confidence and develop more meaningful relationships with yourself and others.

I believe the relationship between us is the key to supporting you in your journey.  Research suggests that the therapeutic relationship itself is more important for a good outcome than the theories your counsellor favors. It is therefore important for you to choose a counsellor that makes you feel safe, accepted and treated with respect and perhaps also challenges you in a positive constructive way. This is why I offer a complimentary 15 minutes telephone introduction to explore your needs and for you to be sure you feel comfortable talking to me.

I also offer supervision to counsellors and trainee counsellors.

Qualifications and Experience

Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (AIM Award Level 5)

Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (AMI Award Level 4)

Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory (AIM Awards Level 4)

The Chrysalis Certificate in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills

Certificate in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills (AIM Award Level 3)

Diploma in Couples and Family Therapy (CofE)

HACP & Lottie Passell-syms: The playbook: Couples Therapy

Diploma in Supervision – Iron Mill College (NCPS accredited course)

I am a Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), an Accredited Registered Member of the National Counselling  and Psychotherapy Society (NCPS),and an Accredited Registered Member of the National Society of Hypnotherapy (NSH) and work within their Ethical Frameworks for Good Practice.

I am also a member of the Hampshire Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (HACP) and help on the committee.

The BACP, NCPS and NSH have registers of members and these registers have been accredited by the FSA Accredited Register programme.

The Professional Standards Authority (FSA) Accredited register programme was set up by the Department of Health and is administered by the Professional Standards Authority, who are an independent body, accountable to Parliament. The Programme was created to ensure that the public are able to choose safe, ethical and competent professionals for their health and social care needs.

As part of my commitment to you I have ongoing clinical supervision and regularly attend courses and further training to enhance my knowledge and professionalism with Continued Professional Development.

I am fully insured and hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate.

I volunteered for two years, as a counsellor with a charity providing counselling to young people ages 11 – 25 years.

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