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I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist working with individuals and couples in my consulting room at home in Ledbury and online. I have been counselling since 1985, with additional specialist qualifications since 2003 to work with couples, young people and families.
WHAT DO I DO?
I will provide a friendly, caring, objective and professional perspective on the issues that concern you. By exploring your feelings and thoughts we can work together to help you develop better ways of coping to enhance your life and relationships.
I work with people on issues such low self esteem, anger management, anxiety and panic attacks, stress, bereavement, anger management, eating disorders, depression. I work with couples and individuals on communication and other relationship issues, and with young people on issues of concern such as bullying, family difficulties or parental relationship breakdown.
I draw on my experience and training in various therapies to suit you and your situation. To use some jargon, I find systemic and psychodynamic ways of working particularly helpful to people. Systemic techniques help explore and create changes in thinking and behaviour. Psychodynamic theories and practice help people make sense of how the past may be influencing the present and gain an understanding of the underlying issues. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques help consolidate changes in behaviour. Above all what is central is to work with you on what is relevant to you, right now, in a way that is most helpful
Sometimes people come for brief counselling, consisting of 6 or so sessions. That may be enough, possibly with the occasional ‘refresher’. People frequently see me for longer term work. I see clients weekly or fornightly. Clients tell me that the work is effective and meaningful to them.
My fees are £55 for individuals, £65 for couples or £95 for couples for a longer 75 minute session. I have a few concessionary places, please contact me if the fee will be a problem for you. Sometimes employers are willing to contribute to the cost, and some employers are part of an Employee Assistance Program, which may offer counselling. I am a BUPA registered provider.
You can arrange to meet me for an initial session, without any prior commitment to on-going sessions. At the initial session people usually get a clear idea of whether I'm the right counsellor for them and if they'd like to arrange further sessions.
If you are considering counselling you may have a number of questions so please get in contact to discuss them, by email or phone.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been counselling and training with individuals and groups since 1985. Since 2003 I have studied and worked as a specialist couples and relationship therapist, with 5 years study for a Certificate in Couple Counselling, Post Graduate Diploma in Couple Therapy, and Intermediate Certificate in Family Therapy & Systemic Skills.
I attend courses in areas relevant to my work and interests to further my own professional development. I have additional training to qualify me to work with young people.
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (www.bacp.co.uk) and am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to its Professional Conduct Procedure.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Ending a relationship
Young People (over the age of 12)
£55 individuals per 50 minute session
£65 couples per 50 minute session
£95 couples per 75 minute session
When I work
I see clients Tuesdays - Thursdays. My latest appointments are 5pm.
I work from home close to Ledbury town centre, where I have a private consulting room with it's own entrance.
I offer mainly day time appointments, and try to accommodate people when they need to change their appointment times.
I am of Dutch origin, hence my name. I was born and have lived ever since in the UK, and speak fluent English.