I qualified with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from Coleg Gwent and, prior to going into private practice, I completed over 200 client hours as a volunteer counsellor with a cognitive assistance programme and a mental health charity. I have worked successfully with male and female adult clients aged from 21 to 75, presenting with depression, anxiety, stress, loss, low confidence and self-esteem, eating disorders, trauma, anger, and survivors of domestic abuse and childhood sexual abuse.My practice is regularly supervised, and I work within the BACP Ethical Framework.I work integratively, meaning I pull together techniques from various counselling modalities in a coherent fashion, with the person-centred approach of Carl Rogers being at the core of my practice. This requires that I put the client at the centre of all that I do: I absolutely believe that the client knows themselves far better than I do. I therefore donÕt analyse or advise the client: rather I create a warm and safe environment in which the client can explore themselves and their issues, and I facilitate them coming to their own realisations and conclusions, at their own pace and depth. The client-counsellor relationship is everything in the work I do with my clients.Whilst I believe counselling is first and foremost a talking therapy, I like to work creatively, with whiteboard and flip charts, and props such as buttons and mood cards. I have previously run an art group for clients with mental health issues and I am a published author of short stories, looking to bring creative writing into my practice for clients who prefer to express themselves using the written word.I offer one-to-one counselling sessions. Each session lasts one hour. I usually begin with a shorter first session (free) either in person or on the phone to establish whether we are happy to work together.