If you are interested in counselling, choosing a counsellor can seem like a daunting proposition, as there are many different frameworks and approaches out there. So it might be useful to know a little about me and how I work.
Firstly, my name. It is pronounced 'Nee-Ann' and means 'knowledge' in the ancient Indian language Sanskrit. If you are unsure about how to say it, just ask! Before training as a counsellor, I worked in film production, education and adult social care - all of which bring a wealth of experience to my counselling work.
I use an existential framework coupled with a person-centred approach in the room with you. Existential counselling works with the anxiety and uncertainty that is inherent in life, while we search for meaning. This also involves accepting responsibility for our own actions and to become aware of how we make choices in our own lives that may influence the direction it takes. The person-centred approach is exactly what it sounds like – it is about you, and the offer of empathy, respect and a non-judgemental space for you to talk openly.
I have a BA Hons in English and Linguistics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling. I am also a registered member or the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).