Hello, I'm Abi
I am a qualified Integrative Therapist, this means that I'm trained in several different types
of therapy. My core approach is Person Centred because it is my absolute belief that you
are the expert on you.
I like to think of therapy as a journey which you are choosing to share with me. My job is
not to tell you which route to take or which path to follow, it is to walk by your side, every
step of the way, and to draw your attention to some of the things you may usually not notice or not take the time to really acknowledge.
Sometimes the path will be easy, sunny and warm, other days it may feel like climbing a mountain in the middle of a storm, but that's okay, because sometimes life really can be quite a hike!
Having the courage to keep walking when it feels like you want to give up allows you to appreciate the view, and the effort it took to be able to see it.
There may be places on the way that you don't want to visit and times you want to turn back to the well known paths you've always taken, but hopefully, with me at your side, choosing a new path to the brighter future you really want, may be a little easier.
Some clients are fearful of therapy because even the thought of talking about difficult issues can feel upsetting and I want to assure you that there is no requirement to talk about anything you are uncomfortable speaking about. Whilst I believe that our experiences, particularly in childhood, lay the foundations for the way we live our lives and you are invited to share anything without fear of judgement, I find that the use of both metaphor and the felt sense allows the work we do together to feel transformative but also safely held.
Having volunteered at Cotswold Counselling Service in Gloucestershire for many years I started working with private clients in 2013. I have a special interest in trauma in relation to long term mental ill health including diagnosis of personality disorders and my work is informed by the model of Internal Family Systems.
Since qualifying I have continued professional training undertaking a range of additional courses and I am also a Clinical Supervisor for other therapists.
In March 2020 I completed additional training and professional development in Online and Telephone Counselling to work with clients in times when face to face therapy is not possible. This has opened up my client work to people across the country and now the majority of my work is online.
I am a member of and abide by the Ethical Framework of the BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am also included on the BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists - the first psychological therapists' register to be accredited under a scheme set up by the Department of Health.
Additionally, I am also a member of the NCPS - National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society and ACTO - The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online..