Why choose Vanessa?
I will work with you to address the concerns you are experiencing, helping you to find fresh insights about yourself, how you cope with challenge and why coping sometimes seems very hard. You may want to explore how you relate to others or how you can rediscover a sense of pleasure or joy. You may simply wish to talk something through, or to express your deep or troubling thoughts, or to sit in silence. Perhaps you need to learn new coping strategies or to find ways to achieve relaxation or peace.
After therapy, many clients say that they feel better able to deal with the issues that we inevitably face. Also, many clients say that they have a better understanding of themselves and the patterns that are holding them back. Clients talk about feeling more in control of their lives, and able to manage their fears and anxieties with greater awareness and ease.
Get in touch with Vanessa
I believe that every individual has the innate ability to realise their potential to love, to learn, to feel deeply and to live fully. I have faith in the transformative power of therapy to enable, through a trustful relationship built on empathy, integrity and acceptance, the growth of fresh understanding and the opening up of new possibilities.
I see my role as your therapist as a companion on your travels, someone who will, within the safe space of the counselling room, endeavour to understand your personal worldview. I may guide and challenge you but I will not judge you or give you prescriptive advice.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and hold qualifications including an MA (Hons) (Oxon), PGCE and FDSC in Person-centred Counselling. I worked as a Specialist SEN Teacher in Warwickshire schools for 15 years and, alongside private practice, have worked for Springfield Mind as a counsellor and also as a Wellbeing for Warwickshire practitioner. I am an associate counsellor and founding member of Clear Minds Counselling.
What my clients have said
- I found Vanessa professional with a warm approach which was very welcoming and made me feel at ease. She listened to me, and guided the conversation we were having so that I was able to reach my own conclusions about my issues. I found this really refreshing and empowering. The guidance she gave to me has enabled me to feel much better about being behind the wheel. I enjoy driving now and I believe that this is mostly down to the conversation Vanessa and I had. I am now actually looking forward to taking my upcoming driving test, but relaxed just enough to not be down if I fail! As you know, driving is of enormous importance to me so I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to speak with her, she truly is a gifted counsellor.
- Vanessa was honestly fantastic this morning, exceptionally insightful, wonderfully calming and I felt like I could be totally honest and that she would understand what I was saying and how it made me feel. I didn’t feel at all silly which I have in the past …I felt I could really open up to her. I have had many counsellors in the past and I really feel Vanessa was a truly gifted counsellor…. I really did learn something new about myself…and it’s given me an opportunity to reflect on myself and the way I am and how I react to things, it made me make sense of how am in certain situations. I feel very centered, which hasn’t happened for a while.