counsellingAbout Progressive Counselling

Progressive Counselling  works on the principle that we all have inner wisdom to know what is the right course of action for us. Progressive Counselling simply helps you to tap in to that wisdom.

In the same way that your GPS system uses satellites to navigate to where you want to get to, a Progressive Counselling session tends to focus on the present – where you are now – to help you, the client, to navigate to where you really want to be or to be the person that you really want to be.

After having completed year 1 and 2 of the SRMHC Diploma (accredited by the Coaching Supervision Academy), I am authorised to practice as a Developing Progressive Counsellor.

What to expect from Progressive Counselling

At our first session we will discuss your current situation as well as your wants and needs for the future.

A session will typically last an hour and further meetings are arranged, as needed.

While is it often necessary to discuss what happened in the past, if it is affecting you today, the focus of Progressive Counselling is on moving forward – on the now and how you want to progress with your life.

A core principle of Progressive Counselling is taking responsibility for your part in a situation.  Because of this a Progressive Counselling session can often involve being gently challenged.

After a Progressive Counselling session it is recommended that you give yourself some space that day to process what we have covered.

Who can benefit from progressive counselling

Young people, couples, families, older clients – I will see you together or separately as needed.

Working together we can help you to unpick the underlying issues with a variety of ailments and challenges.

Some of the conditions that counselling may help include:

Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Stress related illness, Feeling Overwhelmed, Redundancy, Insomnia, Divorce, Bereavement, Loss, Life Decisions, Separation, Chronic Illness, Terminal Illness, Death, Dying, Sadness, Expat Life, Adjusting to Life in a Foreign Country, Loss of Identity, Finding Direction, Family Issues, Unhappiness, Addiction.


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I met Derval when I was 9 months pregnant and in desperate need of some physical and mental relaxation. My sessions with Derval were exactly what I needed: her reflexology treatment helped to relax my entire body, take the pain out of my feet, and offered a lovely sanctuary where I was able to block out the rest of the world for an hour and bring my focus inward. I look forward to returning to Derval as a new mom. I highly recommend Derval to all my friends!


I have been going to Derval for Reflexology for several years. She is not only a very capable and compassionate person but she has healing hands. She tries to help where there is pain or blockage. I always feel energized and relaxed after her treatment and sleep well that night. She knows a lot about healing. She has helped me a lot. I highly recommend her.


I had never heard of reflexology before I met Derval and naturally, I was skeptical at first. Like most alternative practices, there is little to no science that proves that reflexology can help with any ailments, but I was willing to give it a try to see how my body would react. After my first session, I felt intensely relaxed, a feeling that stayed with me for some time. I felt more relaxed and at peace after a reflexology session with Derval than I did after a (much more expensive) full-body massage. I started going back on a more regular basis for a variety of complaints and each time Derval first showered me with her incredible kindness and understanding, then suggested a variety of changes that I can make to improve my general health and well-being. I know I can go to her with any trouble or discomfort and she will first do what she is able to to relieve my pain, but also connect me with other health practitioners in the area who might be able to impact my health in a positive way. She works together with people and connects you when necessary to the right organizations.

I think that what sets Derval apart is her passion to help people. She treats each client on an individual basis and truly listens to your complaints before trying to figure out the best treatment options. She talks with you, not at you, and always follows up after a session to check how the reflexology has affected you.


As a person who is not the most fond of foot treatments in general (I’m very tickle sensitive), I have found Derval’s trusting approach most helpful. I have found overall, that after my sessions I sleep much more peacefully and find myself much more relaxed overall…this has been huge for me as I struggle with stress. Key for me is to continue with the sessions to continue to benefit from Derval’s healing hands.


Derval has such a wide range of knowledge. Her sage advice which will help anyone get back on the right track to health. She’s also excellent at reflexology! She’s a very firm grip and can get to the acupuncture points easily.

The way your health improves is just bizarre. She can focus on areas that are causing you pain or aren’t working well and she will work on that area, until she feels satisfied that there is improvement. Her treatment has helped me in reducing my stress-related headaches/migraines, monthly pains and digestive issues. Her shared food knowledge has encouraged me to try to eat and drink much more healthily, as well as breaking bad habits. I’d highly recommend Derval.