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From personal experience counselling can be a very rewarding thing to do, but taking that initial step to contact a counsellor, can seem daunting. I hope the following information will help you decide whether counselling is for you and, if it is, whether I am the right counsellor for you. If, after reading this, you have any unanswered questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I am a fully qualified counsellor and trained as an integrative counsellor which means I studied several counselling theories and approaches and can draw on these to work in a way that best suits you. Feel free to ask me any questions about this at any time.
I offer a free, no obligation introductory session to give us the chance to meet and for you to decide whether you feel comfortable working with me. I believe that forming a strong counselling relationship will be a fundamental part of the work we do together. To allow such a relationship to grow, I offer you a safe and confidential space in which we can explore and resolve the issues that are troubling you. If you decide to embark on counselling with me, I will listen attentively to what you say and will not judge you. I will try to understand your thoughts and feelings as you experience them so that we can work with whatever is troubling you. We will always move at a pace and in a way that feels safe and comfortable for you. Working in this way, I believe we will begin to discover a way forward that feels right for you.
Is counselling right for you?
Counselling can help with a whole range of issues, providing great relief and discovering ways to deal with problems that regularly impact your day to day enjoyment of life. Perhaps you are hesitating because you think your troubles are too trivial, but I believe no problem is too small. A problem that seems trivial may be hiding something of greater significance. People come to see me for all sorts of reasons and I thought it may be helpful to list a few of them:
- You may be grieving after losing someone close to you;
- Feeling disappointed with what you have achieved in life;
- Having difficulty adjusting to life after retirement or after being made redundant;
- Feeling broken hearted after the break-up of a relationship;
- Find yourself choosing the wrong partner in relationships or think you have a destructive relationship pattern you would like to overcome;
- You may be struggling to adjust to civilian life after leaving the armed forces;
- Struggling with food or drink;
- Struggling to care for a loved one, finding it difficult to talk to someone about the stresses that go with that;
- You may lack confidence in yourself;
- Or you may just be clinging to life, living from day to day.
Where will we meet?
I work with my clients in a comfortable counselling room in central Taunton and I offer sessions during both afternoons and evenings. There is a reception area where you can wait if you arrive early for your session and if you come by car, a car park is situated less than 5 minutes’ walk away just beyond the junction of Tower Street and Castle Street.
I look forward very much to meeting you and to working with you toward a more positive future.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
Certificate in Integrative Counselling
Degree Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
I regularly attend workshops and training courses as part of my commitment to continually further my knowledge and experience, so providing the best service for my clients.
I am an Associate member of the UKAHPP (the United Kingdom Association of Humanistic Practitioners) and abide by their Code of Practice and Code of Ethical Principles.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship issues
Free, no obligation, introductory session.
I charge £35 for individual clients with some concessions available for trainees and clients on a low income.
I have worked in counselling services in Taunton and Exeter and now practice privately in the centre of Taunton.
I offer short and longer term counselling.
I attend monthly supervision. This is part of a normal professional practice for counsellors.
I have professional indemnity insurance.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer weekday, afternoon and evening sessions. Please call to discuss your needs.
Types of client