WelcomeI am a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist, based in Blewbury (Oxfordshire, OX11), near Didcot, Wallingford and Harwell. This website is to help you find out more about how I work and whether I might be the right counsellor for you.
It includes testimonials from clients I've worked with which may help you get an idea of what counselling and psychotherapy with me might be like.
Why counselling?Many people, and from all walks of life, experience difficulties counselling can help with. One in four Britons will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year, according to the Mental Health Foundation. 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.
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 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 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.
QualificationsI am accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (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.