Deciding to see a counsellor and making that first contact can be a huge step. It is okay to feel nervous about it. Maybe this is the first time and you don't know what to expect or how things work. Stepping into an unknown situation can be really uncomfortable. I will do everything I can to address your worries and concerns, I will explain what you can expect from me and how the process works.
During the counselling session, I aim to provide a safe place where you can share your thoughts, feelings and concerns in as much detail as you wish. You will neither be judged nor have ideas or opinions imposed upon you.
Depending on the issues bothering you, you may benefit from a few sessions to help you deal with a current problem, or an in-depth personal journey to help you resolve past experiences. The number of sessions is not prescribed but something we can agree together as we go along. I will do my best to work within a schedule that you can manage.
I am an Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and I practice under the association's Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I am an experienced psychodynamic counsellor offering professional and confidential one to one counselling to adults, young people and families on both a long and short term basis.
Parents, children and family members can lose connection with each other, sometimes through significant events or family breakdown. When this occurs it can leave a trail of pain and misery for all concerned. Without communication and dialogue this can be difficult to resolve. A counselling session can give the opportunity to reconnect and to start new dialogue, dissolving misunderstandings and resentment. The structure, boundaries and confidentiality of the counselling session encourages the difficult things to be said and resolved, enabling the relationship to repair.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training includes the following:
- Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling from University of Oxford 2003
- Post Graduate Diploma with commendation in Psychodynamic and Person Centred Counselling from the University of Hertfordshire 2006.
- Post qualifying Certificate with distinction, in Family Therapy 2011.
- Certificate in Supervision from Institute for Individual Psychology 2013.
My background includes over 15 years experience in the health care field as well as working within the Connexions Service from 2003 to 2011.
I am Head of Counselling at the Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living and lead the Practice and Ethics Committee
I am a qualified supervisor of counsellors and other helping professionals such as teachers and youth workers.
I am committed to continuing professional development through recognised conferences, seminars and workshops.
I hold current DBS (CRB) clearance.
I am listed on the BACP Directory of Counsellors and the UK Register of Counsellors/Psychotherapists.
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
Families including step and blended
£48 per full one hour session for one to one counselling,
£68 for one hour family therapy session.
£48 per hour for clinical supervision
My clinic days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays including Tuesday and Wednesday evenings
My practice is based in Letchworth, Hertfordshire with easy access to free parking and bus routes.
Nervous about making that first contact? Why not text or email me and we can go from there.