I am passionate about working with people, helping you get back in touch with your authentic self and finding what works for you so that you can be your own problem solver!
I named my practice Acora after my grandmother Cora. Cora volunteered a lot in the community, always helping others and never too busy to just be there and listen. She was a natural therapist. As a child I would help her with her charity work and I got more involved in helping people with disabilities and mental health issues since the mid-90s.
Before training as a psychotherapist I worked in the corporate world for over 20 years, working with people who were going through some of the most desperate moments in their lives. I have many years' experience in leadership, public speaking, personal development and working with people through difficult, stressful times.
I understand the stress that life and labels defined by society can put people under and the importance of non-judgmental support. It might feel strange, at first, opening up to a stranger but sometimes it simply helps to talk and get the support you might need in a safe environment. Your wellbeing is important and at times we just need help overcoming life's challenges.
I am an integrative humanistic psychotherapist which means I do not have a "one size fits all" style. I have been trained in many different schools of counselling, psychotherapy, personal development and coaching.
My focus is on promoting a healthy life by helping people work on stress management, mental fitness, self-acceptance, emotional health and become more aware of the unconscious patterns of behaviour. I provide a warm, safe and supportive environment where you can explore what is troubling you in total confidence.
The main issues I work with include relationship and family problems, change management, loss & grief, self-esteem and confidence, career problems and stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, alternative lifestyles, LGBT, gender identity, sexual issues, women's issues, men’s issues, terminal illness, retirement and aging. For many years I have practiced creative writing, meditation and mindfulness and sometimes incorporate these in my work with clients.
By talking with a trained professional you will begin to gain a deeper understanding of who you are and find ways to deal with the demanding pressures of everyday life. I believe that awareness and understanding gives us the ability to make more empowered choices and really step into being our authentic selves.
I have many years’ experience in providing workshops and seminars. As a therapist I believe in mental fitness and work as a mental health consultant as well as being a workshop facilitator. I often give free talks in areas of interest as well as work with companies to improve workplace wellbeing.
I am continuously engaged in further training and development in order to provide the best service and wellbeing practice to all of my clients.”