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I am a Person-Centred and CBT Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, EMDR Accredited Practitioner, Supervisor, Dramatherapist, Couple Counsellor and Equine Facilitated Therapist with 20 years experience of supporting clients.
I offer a face to face and online service and I have a wide experience in working with a variety of issues including abuse, domestic violence, addiction(s), anxieties, depression, PTSD, self-harm, trauma, child-related issues, cultural issues, eating disorders, general counselling, identity issues, sexual identity and spirituality.
As a Dramatherapist I can offer you a level of therapeutic work that is metaphorical and rich in the tapestry of self-expression. With arts, we could explore any issues that might feel otherwise overwhelming.
I am a friendly and fully qualified counsellor committed to providing a confidential and non-judgemental environment. I am an Accredited and Registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I have 10 years of experience in working with a diverse range of clients, including people who identify as LGBTQ+. For me, the heart of counselling is a good relationship between client and counsellor. This helps to create a safe and respectful setting for exploration, reflection and understanding of what is important to you.
As we are all individual and unique, people will naturally need different things from counselling. I use an integrative, person-centred approach which means that we can work together in a way which best suits you, drawing from different techniques which will support you through the process of counselling. I will help you to reflect and explore to find your own solutions and your own methods of overcoming challenges.
I believe that counselling should be completely non-discriminatory. As an essential part of this belief I work with a LGBTQ+/GSRD affirmative approach. I am also sensitive to issues surrounding BAME communities, race, ethnicity and culture as well as individuals’ religious beliefs. I am an Accredited member of the BACP and I am on their Register of Practitioners. I also adhere to their ethical framework for good practice, attend regular professional supervision and ensure I take part in continuing professional development training.
I offer an initial session at a reduced rate. This is for us to discuss what has brought you to counselling and what your expectations of it are, as well as for you to be able to raise any questions or concerns you may have about counselling. It will also be a chance for us to see if we will be comfortable working together. Sessions will then be arranged for a regular time each week. I provide both long and short term counselling.
In the waves of change we find our true direction
Sometimes, when everything feels like it is in flux, we have an opportunity to become who we are meant to be.
We are very rarely just one thing because we do not fit into boxes even though society often tries to squeeze us into certain ones. We exist in different roles, different space and different relationships; we are messy. This can often lead to tension within ourselves as we try and fit into who we think we 'should' be.
Lots of us spend a great deal of energy hiding the parts of ourselves that do not fit, pretending that everything is ok, when really we know that we are not being true to ourselves. This might be interests that you do not pursue, relationships or jobs you stay in even though they no longer make you happy, or even a denial of part of your identity that feels too difficult to let out.
Can you imagine how it would feel to be at peace with all of the parts of you, to craft a life where they were all valued and nourished?
Sometimes we become so caught up in all of our 'shoulds', that we don't stop think about what we would could or would like to do. While change can feel scary and difficult, it is also an opportunity to make different choices.
How Can Counselling Help?
Counselling can provide a safe place to become curious about yourself and your life. By working with someone who is impartial and only interested in supporting you to make the right decision for you, it can be easier to tune into your own sense of self rather than other people's expectations.
By understanding and acknowledging the different aspects of our own identity and how they interact with each other and different areas of our lives, we can begin to make choices about who we want to be.
Any change can feel difficult and will cause ripples in different areas of your life, but when you feel secure in who you are and what is important to you, it becomes easier to start living the way you want to.
How Do I work?
My training was integrative, which means that it covered several different types of counselling (Person Centred, CBT, Systemic and Psychodynamic). Since qualifying I have completed additional training in Compassion Focused Therapy and Brief Solution Focused Therapy.
Because my training has been varied, I can tailor my way of working to suit your changing needs. Sometimes you might want a place to talk and explore whatever is coming up for you that day, but on other occasions you might want to work with a structured exercise. The most important part of how I work is that it will be led by you, we will talk about what does and does not feel helpful in all our sessions.
I am happy to work with any individual who feels they would benefit from counselling and have previously worked with LGBTQ+ communities and university disability support services. As someone with more than one label attached to my identity I know how frustrating it can be to have to educate professionals on what they mean in general before you can even start to talk about your unique experiences. If you're worried that this might be a barrier, please get in touch for a free initial consultation telephone call.
More information including is available at www.curioistyspot.co.uk
How to Book
Because there are a small number of clients who won’t be able to access online sessions either because they don't have access to the technology or because they are in crisis and would benefit from more specialist support. Anyone looking to access online sessions will need to have a free, 20 minute, telephone consultation where we can make sure it is the right type of therapy for you before we start. This also gives you the opportunity to ask me any questions about counselling and how I work to make sure I am the right person for you. Once we have both decided that we can work together we will book an appointment.
At the beginning of our first session we will go through the contract I will have sent by email so you have a chance to ask questions about anything you are unsure of. Once I have answered any questions we have we will start by talking about what has brought you to therapy and what you would like to get from it. Sometimes this is very straight forward, but for other clients this can be quite difficult to put into words, often we know something is not right, but we can’t quite put our finger on what it is.
If that is the case for you then I will usually suggest that we spend the first session mapping out what is currently going on in your life and talking about any areas that you might like to explore in therapy. Sometimes a focus will emerge quite quickly, whether it’s an experience, emotion or question that you wish to explore. For others we might spend several sessions sorting through the past and present before some clarity begins to emerge.
If you are already clear on what your focus is then we will discuss how you would like to approach it. I might make suggestions of possible starting points of initial steps, but you will be in control and are always welcome to say no. The important thing is that we will work together to find a way that works for you.
There are times in life when you may feel that you don't have anyone to turn to. You perhaps feel that family or friends may judge you if you talk to them about your problems or express certain feelings. Talking to a Counsellor may help take this pressure away. I can provide you with the space to be free to open up, in confidence, and express these feelings in a safe environment.
I offer my counselling services to adults and young people individually or as couples. I am a qualified experienced Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist offering a warm friendly service, supporting each person's individual needs working with a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship, anger, self-harm, self-esteem and work related issues.
I can offer you an empathetic, non-judgemental service in a safe environment where we can work together allowing you to talk and express yourself freely through a variety of tools and theoretical models.
I’m Izzy, an Online Therapist, Arts Psychotherapist, and artist. I love supporting expats and travel lovers to discover what it is they’re really searching for! My approach is collaborative and innovative. I build a non-judgemental environment of support and honesty in my sessions. Taking from my psychotherapeutic background, I guide people to make connections between their past experiences and the present and empower them to see their struggles in a new light. I use both talking therapy and creative methods – you don’t need any artistic skills to work with me – I believe everyone is creative, and encourage people to express themselves in the way that suits them!
I have a regular caseload of clients and over the past year my practice has grown. Working online means I can support individuals from all over Europe, and by video via Zoom, email, telephone or instant message.