How can counselling help you?
We all experience difficulties in life and they arise in different ways. Life is a series of transitions and these present us with challenges which sometimes we navigate with our existing resources and at other times are not able to. Counselling is helpful at these times as well as for ongoing personal development.
Counselling with a trained professional can help you unravel what is distressing you and how it is affecting you. You can explore what is happening now, what has happened to you in the past and how these may link. These insights can help you see things from new perspectives from which, new ideas and choices emerge. It is a time to learn more about yourself, help you feel better now and equip you for the future. A good counselling relationship is one that is able to provide a safe place to explore, learn and heal.
What about couples counselling?
Change and transition also affects couples. Counselling can be a safe place for you to communicate in different ways. A trained couples counsellor can provide the prompts, questions, challenges and support to help you both understand more about how you got to the place you are, what has been happening, what is happening now and how to move forward.
How can I help you?
This will be one of the first things we’ll talk about. I am guided by you, what you tell me that is happening for you now, what concerns you and what changes you would like to see in your life.
I have many years post qualification experience as a counsellor, counselling trainer and supervisor. I have also worked as an HR professional, coach and mediator, and as well as my counselling knowledge, skills and experience, I bring an experience of the world of work and the impact this has on our sense of ourselves and how we are in relationship.
My practice is informed by psychodynamic and humanistic theories. I believe that how and what we learn about being in relationship with ourselves and others is the source of our strength and also our unhelpful patterns of being in the world. I will help you understand this more from your own lived experience, so that you can use these new insights and self-awareness to shape a richer and more satisfying present and future.
The first step is to arrange an initial appointment to see if counselling could be for you. We will use the first session to see whether we can work together and if we agree, we can have a further 6 sessions. Sometimes this is sufficient for what you need right now or we may agree to work for longer. You can end at any time and there is no obligation to continue after the first session.
I have evening and day time appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The office is near to car parks and public transport. I work with couples and individuals over 18. If you are interested in supervision, please see my supervisor listing.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a senior accredited member of the BACP with many years post-qualification experience as a counsellor and supervisor of groups and individuals. I am a counselling tutor and trainer.
I provide counselling for individuals and couples.
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 is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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
parenting concerns and preparation for parent-hood, life transition difficulties, work related difficulties.
£60 (individuals) and £75 (couples) per session.
I review my fees annually in January.
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays