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Hello. So glad that you made it this far in your search. People come along for all sort of reasons and not always some traumatic event but often just feeling rubbish, anxious or low mood/depressed. After 20+ years in this line of work, my being really easy to be with is the start of working through, sometimes really difficult feelings.
Having worked with a those from most age groups and backgrounds, experiencing a very wide variety of problems, including, Anxiety; Depression; Trauma; Family issues; Self-esteem and confidence and Bereavement and just feeling lost, as examples. I will be alongside you and what you experience during our sessions. I believe that everyone should be able to have counselling as it can be life-changing and amazing experience.
It can be really difficult to take the first step to call, text, e-mail for support but I once over that road block, I will truly listen to you, use empathy, respect and non-judgment to support you and explore ways to change how you feel, see things and maybe make practical changes to your life.
I currently work mainly from my home office which is professional, friendly, keeps costs down. My office offers anonymity for those with high profile or professionals work with the public, having worked with NHS, HMP staff, Police and other emergency service staff who might not want a public venue. I can also rent rooms in other areas Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole if needed and happy to consider home visits. I also work in some locally secondary schools working with students.
To underpin my work with you, I am very qualified and professional, being Registered and Accredited by the BACP for more than a decade but still learning and loving my wonderful job of having the privilege of being with amazing humans. I can work in a variety of ways to suit you and make sure that you are in control at all times. I have several different models of training that am able to use in my work, Person Centred is my core approach and working pluralistically - to include Humanistic, CBT , IFS, Transpersonal approachesand with images and art.
I have worked in East London, Essex, Isle of Wight and now Dorset for Local Councils, National and local Charities, in schools and NHS as well as employers (including HMPs, Ex-military, NHS, Emergency Services staff and high-profile clients), so I can bring experience from working thousands of hours to be able to work with your difficulties and how you are trying to cope, to find a positive way forward.
I have a few fundamental beliefs…we are all human and so imperfect, we are allowed to make mistakes and don’t need to accept bad behaviour from others, we can all change and change things around us for the better.
Please give me a call or text as I am always happy to have a chat on the phone, so that you can see how you feel about working with me.
Who I can see:
- Deliver training.
- Provide Clinical Supervision for other professionals.
How I can work:
- by talking through feelings; relationships; situations as you feel ready.
- working with images or creating images to explore.
- explore internal experiences
- through creative writing.
- recording thinking and learning how to change thoughts.
- Home location in Christchurch.
- Telephone counselling.
- Appointments available at various times - flexible around changing availability
- Easy parking.
- Near to bus services.
- Ground floor office.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA (Hons) Person Centred Counselling (Includes Supervision)
- Adv Diploma Person Centred Counselling
- Cert PC Art Therapy Skills
- Level 4 Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector
- EMDR Level1
- Safeguarding Children and Young People Level 2
- Current DBS Checks.
- Experience working with Family Systemic Psychotherapy, integrating Internal Family Systems for trauma and MIND CBT training.
Numerous additional training and areas of current research
20 years of experience
- Worked for NHS, GP's, Councils, charities and in schools.
- Clinical Supervisor for other counsellors and other professionals.Taught counselling in Adult Education
- Deliver training
- Managed 2 counselling agencies
- Clients aged 8 to 82yrs,
- Experience with a wide variety of problems
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.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Children and Young People's Issues
Emotional Impact of a diagnosed Mental Health Conditions
£45.00 - £60.00
Concessions offered for
I offer a sliding scale of fees that we can negotiate if needed.
£60 for those with a good income, sliding down to: £45 for concessions and negotiable.£ 75 for couples or families.
Clinical Supervision for Counsellors and other professionals:
£60 an hour (£75 for the standard our and a half) - happy to have a chat about fees - negotiable according to client load and £45 for students Counsellors.
When I work
Some evening appointments available up to 7.30pm. Weekends, flexibility for shift-workers. Just give me a call or text and we can find a slot that suits.
- Registered and Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Member of the Person Centred Association
- Member of Isle of Wight Associate of Family Therapy
- Undertake the continuous professional training required by the BACP
- Undertake the regular required level of clinical supervision to ensure my safe and effective practice.
- Fully insured for £5millliion for any location.
- DBS Checked
- Child Protection training and Safeguarding procedures.
- Risk assessments for home visits.