Areas Of Speciality

As well as offering support for the many day to day issues faced by people, I have done specialist training to work in the following areas:-

 

Neurodiversity

When you are neurodivergent it can sometimes be harder to understand and connect with your emotions and those of the people around you. Going through life with an intuitive feeling that you are different to others, but you don’t know how, can lead to shame and issues with self-esteem and self-worth. Whether its ADHD, ASD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Tourettes or a combination of conditions. Neurodivergent people have to use up much more energy and focus just ‘fitting in’ so all too often overwhelm and burnout can happen, just from getting through day to day life. Working with a therapist therefore that has a truly empathic understanding and lived experienced of being neurodivergent can be key to accessing therapy in the way that you need it, which may not fit the framework of a traditional counselling session. How I work with neurodivergent clients is more bespoke, tailored to how you need to work. That could entail slightly shorter or longer sessions. If you feel more comfortable, you can bring someone with you to be in the room whilst we get to know each other. We may work in a more creative way than just sitting and talking. We don’t need to be sitting opposite each other; the room I work from has various seating options. I can send appointment and payment reminders if required. And whilst I will keep the therapy work in the room, I welcome clients sending me their thoughts or issues that come up between sessions whilst they are on your mind..

Peri-Menopause and Menopause

It is often misunderstood just how much impact the hormonal changes of peri menopause and menopause have on women. Much is said about the physical changes, but the effect on mood and emotions can be life changing. Anxiety, loss of self-esteem, feeling overwhelmed, brain fog, burnout, relationship problems – and with that potential intimacy issues/loss of libido, loss of identity the list is endless. This often coincides with major changes in your life, children moving out of home, parents becoming elderly and needing more care. It’s a time of life where its often hard to put yourself first. I am able to help you explore your emotional issues around the changes going on for you in an empathetic way with an understanding of just how impactful the changes your body is to your emotional wellbeing that can impact so many issues in daily life. This can also go hand in hand with neurodiversity, as so many more women are being diagnosed with ASD and ADHD in middle age as they find it harder to mask as the coping strategies built up over many years become harder to maintain – The veil drops, and it can feel like chaos takes hold.

ADHD is such a full-time job that some women have never had the opportunity to stop and figure out a way of doing things differently.
They haven’t discovered how to change the rules, what it means to feel comfortable, or how to live without feeling overwhelmed.

Sari Solden.

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How I Work

The Clarkson Five Relational Model that forms the basis of my training provides a strong framework, to which I can integrate and utilise aspects of different counselling theories. This provides a tailormade therapy experience for every client. Over the course of our sessions a therapeutic relationship begins to develop, with each of us bringing our uniqueness.
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What I Offer

I am happy to offer a free 20 min online or telephone session, to talk more about your needs from counselling and get a feel for each other and whether I feel I am the right Counsellor for you. If you then choose to go ahead, we will arrange a date and time to begin a 50-minute weekly session which can be face to face or online. In some circumstances I may be able to accommodate a combination of both depending on availability.
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About Me

Before training as a Therapist, I worked for 20+ years’ in Holistic Health & Wellbeing which I continue to do alongside my therapy work. It was this work together with life experience that inspired me to train as a Counsellor with an emphasis on specialising in women’s issues.
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Get in touch

Feel free to email me if you have any questions about how counselling, psychotherapy works, or to arrange an appointment. We can discuss how I can help and what options might suit you best.