I have been working in private practice since 2011 and provide a warm and professional relationship. I will always do my best to be flexible to your needs and work with you to schedule the most convenient session time and to be flexible in my approach. Different people benefit from different ways of working therapeutically and I focus on how to get the most therapeutic benefit from our work together, whether you wish to have just a few sessions to check in and reevaluate where you are currently in life or if you are looking for a longer therm course of counselling to share a longer term problem, either way I am here to offer you support.
I offer a reliable, discreet and professional service. Basepoint offers a professional and anonymous counselling setting, which many people prefer to attending session at a counsellors home for example - here at Basepoint there is free parking, a spacious reception area with comfortable seating and refreshments, you are welcome to come in and wait if you arrive early or wish to gather your thoughts before or after a session.
I started my counselling training in 2008, prior to which I worked in a variety of mental health roles within the NHS. I have been passionate about and interested in counselling and psychological well-being since 1999 and I bring my lifetime of human experience to my role which has shaped me as a person and informed my training and therapeutic relationships throughout my counselling career. I continue to train, expand my knowledge and undergo regular Continued Professional Development. I work with adults aged 18+ and have worked with people of all ages from those in their teens to those in their eighties.
I have helped a wide diversity of people, with problems such as extreme trauma, abuse, anxiety, addiction, domestic abuse, self hatred, self harm, issues around food, problems in relationships, parenting issues, family issues, health issues, sudden onset and long term disability, Merles Irlen Syndorme (of which I suffer also), chronic pain including migraine, sexual issues, and gender reassignment. This is simply a small snapshot of issues people have come to me with but whatever is on your mind we can work together to help you find a way through.
Counselling can be an life changing experience which I understand from having counselling myself, and I know how important it is to find the right counsellor. I am happy to have a chat on the phone or over email before booking our first session so that you get a sense of me before we meet. Taking the first steps to looking after ourselves is always hard, but the life long benefits to balancing stress and feeling less isolated and alone in our thoughts can be profoundly important.
Everyone at some stage could benefit from taking a step back from the trials of life, whether its a sudden traumatic event or a long term issue. Counselling offers a place to be heard, seen, listened to and supported. A safe and confidential environment helps people to talk about issues which may be too big to tackle with friends, family or partners. A counsellor is completely removed from your situation and therefore does not have a hidden agenda or a biased view of your circumstances. Sometimes there just isn't time or space in hectic day-to-day living to slow down, reevaluate and talk in an environment where you will be truly listened to by someone who has the skills and empathy to help.
I am sensitive to the fact that not everyone can physically travel to attend sessions. If you have any additional needs we can work together to make the counselling room as comfortable as possible for you. I offer Skype counselling which can be used during illness, accidents or can be used for the entire counselling process. So much of communication is non verbal that I do not offer telephone counselling in general, because body language and facial expressions are completely lost, Skype counselling offers a brilliant substitute when meeting face to face is not possible.
Please note I do not accept counselling referrals on behalf of a partner, parent or friend. Deciding to seek counselling is a deeply personal decision and therefore I am unable to offer an appointment to anyone but the person seeking counselling for themselves.
Counselling Services include but not limited to:
Anxiety Counselling (including Generalised Anxiety Disorder) - moving towards positive change/a more balanced state of being in all areas of life.
Body Psychotherapy including feeling ill at ease in your body or wanting to modify your body.
Depression Counselling helping you to find new ways of relating to and working with depression.
Eating Disorders - including Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder as well as ways of self harming with food such as disregarding diabetic needs and intolerance boundaries.
General Counselling - please contact me to discuss your needs and we can move forward from that point together.
Health and Disability Counselling, whether its a sudden change or a long term illness our relationships with our bodies and our health changes with new challenges which can involve a significant emotional component.
Restricted Growth and Dwarfism for which my counselling room can be made comfortable for you.
Self harm counselling working in a solution focused way towards positive coping strategies.
Sexuality Counselling including positive sexual identity establishment (often following trauma - including assault, surgery and childbirth), healthy sexual relationships with self and others and LGBT+ Affirmative Counselling.
Stress Counselling including solution focused counselling for life, relationship and work stress.
Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse - including 2 years experience with Survivors In Transition.
Tel: 07830366849 - 24 hour answerphone (I welcome text enquiries)
Skype: Session can be arranged via Skype, please contact me to discuss
Training, qualifications & experience
2008 Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills – Chrysalis Accredited Professional Therapy Training, Accredited Training by the Royal College of Nursing
2009 Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy – Chrysalis Accredited Professional Therapy Training
2012-2014 Integrative Counselling FdA Degree - University Campus Suffolk - Merit
2015 Integrative Counselling Bachelor of Arts with Honours - University Campus Suffolk - 2.1
I am a Registered member of the BACP.
I develop my professional expertise with regular professional training and development.
My experience of working as a counsellor has included working in private practice since 2011. I also worked as a volunteer with Survivors in Transition (a charity supporting adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse) for two years between 2013-2015). I currently also work as the University Counsellor for the University of Suffolk since 2015.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Plus) issues.
Restricted Growth and Dwarfism.
Disability, including Hypermobility and early onset Arthritis.
Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse.
Individual Counselling £45.00 per hour (including consultation appointments).
Reduced fees of £35.00 are available for students and those on low income.
Basepoint offers disabled access, my counselling room is based on the ground floor. There is a large car park directly onsite which is free and has disabled parking spaces and good building access. Basepoint is easily accessed from Ipswich, East Suffolk and is close to the A14.
If you are unable to attend my practice due to transport limitations or health problems I also offer a skype counselling service.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays 11am - 7pm & Saturdays 11.30 - 5pm. I work in another professional setting Tuesday-Friday, there may be a short delay in my reply if you contact me on those days.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|