My name is Siobhan, and I am a fully qualified person-centred psychotherapist based in Oswestry, Shropshire. I have 18 years experience helping people from many walks of life with a wide variety of support needs. My experience ranges from play-based therapy with children experiencing domestic abuse, to supporting adults struggling to cope with the distressing effects of childhood trauma, and helping young people overcome severe anxiety.
I studied Counselling and Psychotherapy (professional practice) at the University of Salford, gaining a first class honours BSc. I have provided adult counselling services through the NHS, at a Salford-based counselling centre, and worked as a school-based counsellor in primary education.
Further to my therapeutic work, I have held positions as a Pastoral Learning Mentor, Shropshire Council Family Support Worker, and have facilitated various parent support groups in the community.
I am interested in understanding people
and helping people
to understand themselves.
I believe that everyone deserves to be listened to,
respected, and accepted for the unique individual
that they are.
Even through the hardest times in life, I have faith that each person has the strength and personal resources to overcome their difficulties. Over time, and with the right support, they can discover their own abilities, confidence, and sense of independence, so that they can cope with current and future problems. These values are at the heart of my work.
I believe that you are the expert on yourself
...and I will always treat you this way - after all, no-one else knows exactly what it’s like to be you. I will not judge you no matter what you bring to our sessions. This can help us to build a trustworthy relationship in which you can feel free and supported to disclose whatever is troubling you.
Support tailored to your needs
Although I am primarily a person-centred counsellor, I may adapt the way we work together to best meet your needs when I feel it would benefit you. This may include taking more of a solution-focused approach, using mindfulness techniques, or introducing some creative work to help you express how you are feeling when it may be hard to put things into words.