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BAHons Counselling, Dip Psychotherapy, PGC Supervision MBACP

About me

16 years practice with children, young people, adults & families in private, charitable, health & education settings. Everyone has unique experiences and needs, therefore my approach is integrative and bespoke to each client and supervisee. Therapy models I have trained in and can offer include:  Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Cognitive Behaviour (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA) Psychodynamic, Transpersonal, Person centred, Mindfulness, Trauma focused therapy, Counselling Children & young people and Supervision. However, the therapeutic alliance has been shown to be a better indicator of good outcomes than the model of therapy used. Working integratively gives me a wide theory base to draw on, but the relationship with my clients is paramount in providing a positive, rewarding experience of therapy. 


Traumatic life events can create sudden, urgent need for support. Equally, therapy can be a positive, planned act of self care, facing old wounds or barriers to growth and happiness. I work with many client groups and issues, for eg anxiety and panic disorders, depression, & mood disorders; eating disorders, body dysphoria, OCD; neurodiversity: Autism, Dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD; addictions, self harm, suicidality; bereavement and loss; identity, sexuality, gender, kinks, alternative relationships; personality disorders; anger, BPD; life transitions, career change; relationship challenges; shyness, low self-esteem; mental health conditions.  


Everyone brings to therapy their own unique story and reasons for seeking support. My job is to interpret my client’s needs accurately and formulate a shared vision of the experience of therapy and desired outcomes. This process is collaborative, fluid and responsive to change. Therapy is supportive, helpful and insightful, but can also be transformative.


Although most of my work continues to be one to one psychotherapy, my experience includes founding a mental health charity, setting up counselling in schools, delivering training, individual and group supervision and reflective practice. I also do Employment Assistance (EAP) work.  As a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I adhere to its professional ethical framework and complaints procedure.
I am deeply committed to equal opportunities and working with diversity.

BACKGROUND 
My training in counselling and psychotherapy began in 2003. Since then I completed a diploma in psychotherapy, honours degree in counselling, PGCert in supervision and numerous additional training courses, such as counselling children and young people, mindfulness, solution-focused therapy and many specialist shorter courses.
Between 2005 and 2008 I worked for MENCAP and Young Devon where I began my journey of understanding how to support people with Autistic Spectrum conditions, learning difficulties and young people with diverse needs.
In 2009 I began working on establishing a free counselling service for 5 to 25 year olds, called Tor Support Services. With the support of the local community the service was registered a charity in 2011, and continues as a key mental health provider to children and young people in Devon. 
I also have experience of setting up a high quality, evidence-based counselling in education, where the college manages the referrals and has ownership of a well-run service; the quality and outcomes are monitored and improvements are implemented in a service which is responsive to the needs of the students and the college. Good organisation and ongoing student-led assessments and evaluations facilitate this process.


BEFORE COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY 
For over ten years before training in counselling and psychotherapy, I worked in other sectors.  After studying accountancy and working in finance, I was drawn to a more creative and people-orientated career. For the next few years, I worked in television & video production in a small team within a larger holding company. This role was both creative and commercial, from developing stories and co-ordinating production teams, I also produced extensive marketing materials and was involved in selling productions to international markets. I then worked for an events management company where I organised and promoted international festivals and seminars. Following a move to Hampshire, and becoming pregnant with my first child, I trained as a massage therapist with a particular interest in teaching baby massage.
These diverse roles gave me invaluable experience which directly influenced my decision to study counselling and psychotherapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

PGCert Counselling Supervision  (2012) University of Gloucestershire

  • BA (Hons) Counselling (2010) (University of Plymouth)
    Specialist areas of study: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Facilitating Groupwork; Working with Rage & Anger; Nurturing Soul (Transpersonal psychology); Contemporary Studies (diversity and difference); Extended study - School counselling in the UK.
  • Diploma in Integrative and Relational Transactional Analytic Psychotherapy (2007)(Ironmill Institute, Exeter)
  • Dip Counselling Children & Young People, Dartmoor Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy (2015)
  • Mindfulness Certificate, 6-month course, Heartwood Training (2016)
  • Certificate in Working with Trauma & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (2006)
  • Certificate in Solution Focused Brief Therapy (University of Plymouth) (2007)
  • Certificate in Counselling (2003) (Ironmill Institute, Exeter)
  • ITEC Diploma Massage Anatomy and Physiology (1999)

I have also undertaken many shorter training courses which include:

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Approach (CBT)
  • Legal Issues in therapeutic work with Children & Young People
  • Higher Education Advisors conference Exeter University
  • Treating Anxiety The Fear Within
  • Working with Relational Trauma
  • Dissociation and DID
  • Child Sexual Abuse: Hope for Healing
  • Understanding Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Creative counselling with survivors of child sexual abuse
  • Working with bereaved children and young people
  • Supporting SEND in Practice
  • Domestic Violence: Impact on Children and Young People
  • Dealing with Distress: Working with suicide and self-harm
  • Mental Health and the Body: Treating Trauma
  • Coaching 101 - Ironmill College
  • Suicide and Suicidal Clients
  • Introduction to Play Therapy
  • Cultural Aspects of integrative Psychotherapy
  • Understanding Systemic Thinking
  • Sand therapy
  • Brief Therapy
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children: regular updates covering various - Child abuse, neglect, managing concerns etc
  • Substance Abuse Awareness
  • Depression and Anxiety in Children & Young People
  • Understanding the Mental Health and Emotional Needs of Children & Young People
  • Working with Children and young people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition
  • Health & safety and risk assessment

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Fees

From £65.00 to £85.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Additional information

Prices are for a therapy hour unless stated otherwise. 

In person appointments:     £75 - £90 sliding scale.

Online appointments:         Individuals £70     Couples £80.

Telephone appointments     £65. 

Online Supervision             £70 - 1 hour     £90 -  1.5 hours. 

Telephone Supervision       £65 - 1 hour      £80 1.5 hours. 

EPA Employment Assistance programme, and insurance claims, please request for availability and price. 

When I work

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Please enquire about availability for online or telephone appointments, and supervision. Face to face appointments are currently booked up. 

Further information

More availability for online and phone appointments at the moment, but please get in touch if you have an enquiry. 

Plymouth, Devon, PL4

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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In person appointments are in ground floor rooms with several steps up to front door. Please let me know if you have any disability or additional needs so we can explore what accommodations I can make to support you.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
Microsoft Spaces
Whatsapp

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

Post graduate qualified in supervision, 13 years experience supervising individuals and groups, delivering training and consultancy to organisations.

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