Upon escaping from an abusive environment people often feel confused, struggle with low self-esteem, identity issues and feel like the departure has left them with a huge void in their life. My aim as a counsellor is to help clients make sense of their experience, work through trauma caused by it, and rebuild their lives and identity.
I am an integrative therapist and I often use psycho-educational tools in therapy as a way of helping people understand what has happened to them. This may involve examining and discussing handouts on topics such as gas lighting, brainwashing/mind control and persuasion techniques to expose the processes of manipulation in a relationship or abusive group. Alongside this process it is common for other challenging live experiences to be exposed and past clients have also used their therapy to explore issues such as loss/grief or their childhood.
All sessions are client led and as a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy's I work to their ethical framework which states that the ethical responsibilities of a counsellor are as follows:
Being trustworthy: honouring the trust placed in the practitioner
Autonomy: respect for the client’s right to be self-governing
Beneficence: a commitment to promoting the client’s wellbeing
Non-maleficence: a commitment to avoiding harm to the client
Justice: the fair and impartial treatment of all clients and the provision of adequate services
Self-respect: fostering the practitioner’s self-knowledge, integrity and care for self
I am currently only offering online video counselling which I ask for £40 per 50 minute session
(This includes international clients).