Specialisations:Bereavement, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Anger Managment, Self esteem and lack of confidence, Relationship Counselling, Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control, Self-harm, Infertility, Cancer, Compulsive sex and porn behaviours, Sex related issues, Relationships, AIDS/HIV, Bipolar, Alzheimers, Young People.
About Stephanie:I appreciate that taking the first step to seek counselling can be daunting, and that you need to feel safe and comfortable with your therapist. I am here to help you with any issues with which you feel you are struggling. Perhaps you have a sense that you “just don’t want to feel this way anymore.” We will work together to enable you to develop your self-awareness and find insights and solutions that are unique and empowering for you. If it matters to you, it is a valid issue for sharing in counselling. As we work together you will see there will be a more optimistic, confident and happier future for you.
"We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring. Will be to arrive where we started. And know the place for the first time."
Gallery: My Counselling Room in Bournemouth
My specialisation is bereavement and loss in all its forms, such as difficulties faced following your loss of a job, perhaps your home, or possibly a relationship. I work with sexual issues and made this the focus of my research for my MA. Of growing concern is the role of the internet and struggles for all genders with compulsive sex and pornographic behaviours and acting out. Many struggle with anxiety, depression and shame, so the therapy is not a focus on moral issues, but a mental health issue as it damaging their lives but nevertheless unable to stop. Relationship issues are an area in which I have experience, and this may be those in a partnership, family members or friendships. Having moved internationally on numerous occasions I am greatly interested in cultural issues and the importance of supporting difference and diversity. Following on from 13 years experience as a secondary school teacher, I have a special affinity for working with young people, and recognise the emotional challenges that can hinder the development of their full potential.
Prior to setting up my own practice I gained experience counselling bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents and the unique grief of those who have lost a child. Working through each person's unique grief process is achieved through an acknowledgement that expressing thoughts and feelings is part of the healing process and can lead to a positive resolution of grief. I have worked with all forms of bereavement such as homicide, suicide, accidental death, drowning, miscarriage and illness. This was done with an ethos of reaching out to all across any artificial barriers of culture, religion, economic class, gender, age or ethnic group.
I worked at an organisation offering counselling to people who experienced difficulties in accessing support services on the grounds of mental and physical vulnerabilities. I worked with many diverse issues but much of my focus with clients was that of domestic abuse, self harm, anxiety and relational concerns.
I volunteered at an organisation providing early intervention mental health support for the youth. Working with vulnerable young children using play therapy helps with emotional and behavioural problems. This assists the building of self esteem and lowering of emotional barriers to learning and aspirations.
I work as an affiliate for a number of Employee Assisted Programs (EAPs) such as BUPA, AXA PPP Healthcare, LifeWorks, Cruse Victim's Support, Pam Assist & Red Arc.