WelcomeI am a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist, based in Blewbury (Oxfordshire, OX11), a short drive from Didcot, Wantage, Wallingford and Harwell. This website is to help you find out more about counselling and psychotherapy, how I work, and whether I might be the right counsellor for you. It may feel like a daunting task, I know it takes courage to go on this journey and hope you find these pages helpful.
It includes testimonials from clients I've worked with which may help you get some idea of what counselling and psychotherapy with me might be like.
Why counselling?Many people, from all walks of life, experience difficulties counselling or psychotherapy can help with. According to the Mental Health Foundation, one in four Britons will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year.
You may feel alone, frightened, in pain or have a sense that nothing has meaning anymore. Or, you may find yourself preoccupied with thoughts; worrying what people might think or what might happen. You want to talk but feel that no-one you know will understand. The thought of talking about what you really feel might be scary in itself. However you know something needs to change; you're not living your life to the full.
Counselling and psychotherapy, or talking therapy, can help you; it is an opportunity for you to talk in a way that won't affect family members or friends as well as a way of gaining new perspectives. You will also discover how what you feel may help you make well informed decisions with healthy outcomes; that they can help and you don't need to be afraid of them.
You may only need a short period of counselling, or benefit from a little more time in psychotherapy. You can read more on the page with testimonials how other people experienced counselling and psychotherapy with me.
How do you work?I believe we are all different. Counselling is not a mechanical process. This means that certain counselling or therapy styles suit some people more than others. As a counsellor/psychotherapist in Oxfordshire I practice integrative therapy, meaning I draw from a range of approaches, including behavioural, person centred and mindfulness, to provide what feels right for you. In addition I integrate findings from the new discipline of affective neuroscience.
QualificationsI am accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy as a counsellor/psychotherapist in Oxfordshire (BACP) and registered with the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (UKRCP). Being registered means I have done the requisite training and achieved and maintain the professional qualifications necessary for good practice.
I'm originally from the Netherlands and welcome Dutch speaking clients. I lived in London for many years where I worked for Victim Support, as a school counsellor for Place2be and in private practice before moving to Blewbury (near Didcot, Wallingford, Wantage and Goring).
Click (here) for more details about my qualifications. You can also see an Interview with me about domestic violence on YouTube.