01622 892132 / 07936 103377
Life has its ups and downs and for much of the time we may be able to carry on living life in ways we find satisfying. But sometimes events occur that throw us off course - a loss or bereavement perhaps, or a relationship problem - and we know we need help to find the right way forward. This is where counselling comes in.
How counselling can help
By talking your problems through with a qualified counsellor who is listening, empathising and not judging, counselling can help you to process what is going on for you at the moment, understand yourself better and find ways that will lead you out of your present difficulties and towards living a more fulfilled life.
What I can offer
Finding the right counsellor for you and your needs is crucial, but It can be difficult to choose from the range of counsellors and counselling methods on offer. Whoever you choose it is vital that you feel heard, understood and respected in a safe, confidential space. As a qualified and experienced integrative counsellor I can offer you:
- a warm, empathic, listening and non-judgemental space
- a framework for understanding the roots of your difficulties
- strategies for working with your problems based on cognitive behavioural approaches.
I have a wide ranging experience of life to bring to my counselling relationships. Before training as a counsellor I worked in journalism and TV production; research and report writing for voluntary sector organisations; and parliamentary lobbying and communications work. My other life experience includes a caring role in relation to my disabled sister; being a parent; personal experience of bereavement and its consequences.
How I work
I have worked with people of all ages and backgrounds, developing my ways of working through practising in various settings, including GP surgeries, schools, an agency specialising in adult survivors of sexual abuse, a hospice bereavement service and, latterly, eight years counselling students in a local university. As an integrative counsellor I combine person-centred and humanistic approaches with an understanding of the root of problems derived from psychodynamic theory. I have extended the range of services I can offer through specific training courses including:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Brief Solution Focused Therapy
- Working with individuals with relationship problems
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Over the years people have come to me with a wide range of issues. Typically these would include anxiety and depression; stress; anger management and other behavioural issues; bereavement and other forms of loss; emotional and sexual abuse; relationship problems; low self-esteem; trauma; self-harm.
What to expect in your first session
In your first session we will discuss what is going on for you at the moment and what in particular has brought you to counselling. We may talk about any anxieties you have about the counselling process and what your hopes and expectations of it are. We can then talk about what sort of counselling would be most useful to you at this time, for instance whether you are looking for short term strategies to deal with specific issues, or whether you would like the opportunity to talk about the root causes of your problems over a longer period. We will then be in a position to agree on the sort of counselling and the length of counselling that will best meet your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc (Distinction) in Therapeutic Counselling from University of Greenwich
Certificate in Online Counselling Skills (level 3 accredited by CPACB)
Short course in CBT multi-modal theory and practice
Diploma in Resource Based Therapies, including Brief Solution-Focussed Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Positive Psychology (accredited by BPS)
Certificate in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Other short courses and workshops include:
- Experiential weekend on death and loss with Cruse Bereavement Care.
- Suicidal ideation: assessment and risk assessment.
- Working with diversity and difference.
- Working with adult victims of sexual abuse.
- Trauma, secondary trauma and resilience.
- Mental Health First Aid
- Personality disorders
- Eating disorders
As an accredited member of my professional body, the BACP, I work to the BACP Ethical Framework which ensures client wellbeing and safety. If there is a problem I do not feel qualified to deal with, such as a serious mental health issue, I will refer the client to the appropriate practitioner. Other ethical issues which form part of my practice include confidentiality and client autonomy.
I have regular supervision of my practice as required by the BACP and participate in Continuing Professional Development.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
I now see clients in my counselling room in the quiet and privacy of my home in Headcorn, Kent. My fees for this service are £40 for a 50 minute session, with a concessionary rate of £35 for students and trainees. Other concessionary rates are possible on request.
I offer a free 20 minute phone conversation before the first session so that we can agree that I am the right counsellor for you at this time.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I currently have sessions available on Mondays and Thursdays (including Thursday evenings). I offer a free 20 minute phone conversation before the first session to check suitability.
Types of client