What I aim to offer as your therapeutic counsellor is a safe, comfortable, non judgemental space which can facilitate the opportunity to explore thoughts and feelings around what ever you choose to bring to your personal therapy sessions. When this environment is right, it can give you a sense of being not just listened too, but heard and a feeling of empathy and understanding. The environment I provide offers a safe and confidential place to talk freely. I offer a free 30 minute consultation, this free consultation gives an opportunity for you to have an idea what to expect from me as your therapist. You may of experienced counselling before, so this consultation offers an insight into how I work as a therapist and whether we both feel we can work together and establish what issues you feel you want to bring to your sessions.
What is counselling for?
Working with a counsellor with what ever you feel you need to bring should enable you to resolve possible internal conflicts that prevent you from being what you may understand as your real self/ or the feeling of something missing in your life but you just can't quite put your finger on what it is. It can also help to regain a deeper understanding of yourself which in-turn should help with your present or future relationships. It may also help in identifying old patterns of behaviour or habitual thoughts and emotions.
It can help promote choices and options you thought you didn't have. It can enable you to let go of negative thoughts so that you can move forward in your life and make changes where you feel would be most helpful.
Counselling is a truly insightful process that can benefit one human beings life as long as they are ready to go on a personal journey.
If you do decide to continue therapy after your free consultation I will provide an environment that is tailored to you and your individual needs. Depending on what you choose to bring to each session will depend on what approaches I feel will enable you to get the answers you need. I will help to work towards a therapeutic relationship that provides an environment that promotes autonomy, respect, trustworthiness, together with an ethical and reflective approach to the work done together.
Contact me/find a place and time that suits!
I work out of several practices to offer my current and potential clients options in where they would like their therapy to be held. I work out of three main areas: Twyford, Woodley and Maidenhead and will do my utmost in offering a time and place that is convenient for you, daytime, evenings, Monday to Saturday. All rooms have access to public transport and parking and will accommodate people with disability access. If I can not help with any of your enquiries then I will try to refer or recommend a counsellor or counselling service that may be more suitable to your personal needs.
Note: Please also refer to my personal website at the top of the contacts page.
How my career interest started!
My career interest began when working with young people and adults in the education sector. I have over 10 years experience in this field and enjoyed it immensely. This experience gave me greater insight into the emotional needs that seemed to be overlooked in some cases and left me with many questions around what would be most helpful in their learning and personal emotional growth. An opportunity arose for me to become a qualified therapeutic counsellor and this in turn enabled me to continue my work with young people and adults at a local Charity agency and in personal practice.
I am an integrative therapeutic counsellor which enables me to work with two main approaches; Person centred: working with the here and now life events and Psychodynamic: working with personal life experiences from the past which are present in the unconscious process and evident in the present clients way of being and life experiences.
I am a Registered member of the BACP and adhere to its ethical framework and bound by their principles, values and personal moral qualities as laid down in the ethical framework for good practice.www.bacp.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
I have obtained a Diploma in therapeutic counselling integrative CPCAB
- Certificate in counselling studies CPCAB
- City & Guilds in Training and development
- City & Guilds in Preparing to Teach in lifelong learning sector
- Registered member of the BACP
- Volunteer counsellor of a local Charity agency
- Attend regular workshops/Seminars and papers for CPD
I attend regular workshops and seminars to promote CPD (Continuing in personal development) It enables me to work ethically, safely and in an appropriate manner that complies with the BACP and demonstrates my personal and professional commitment to all my client work and fellow peers.
I am experienced in working with a variety of ages, with a wide variety of problems:
- General Anxiety disorder
- Domestic abuse
- Grief and bereavement
- Suicidal thoughts
- Self harm
- Sexual & relationship issues
- Social phobias
- Low self-esteem
- Low self-confidence
- Personality disorders
I have studied other techniques from different approaches:
- Art Therapy
- Solution focused therapy
- Transactional analysis (TA)
Some techniques are used from these different approaches if helpful to my clients.
I have worked for several years as a volunteer counsellor for a local Charity organisation. It has given me much experience and insight into a range of presenting issues from people of all ages and ethnic/diverse backgrounds.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
The sessions are 60 minutes long and are charged at £40.00 per 60 minute and are paid in full at the end of each session in cash or BACS transfers a day before the session.
Please note: I do not accept cheques, debit/credit card payments.
Appointments can be made either by phone or email which you can find in the contact details or you can find me on my other website at www.counsellingpod.co.uk
When leaving your message it would be helpful to know what time, day and whether it is Twyford, Woodley or Maidenhead as your preferred choice.
Please note any contact details left, are details you are happy for me to leave a message on to ensure confidentiality.
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