My counselling experience has extended over 30 years, which has included my being Head of Counselling at a major, local counselling charity. I also provide Supervision for student and experienced, fully qualified counsellors.
I can provide a safe place for you to talk confidentially about your concerns and feelings, come to terms with them and learn to manage them more effectively, so that life can become happier and less stressful. I aim to see you within a week of being contacted.
My counselling style is based on the humanistic model, but I use other ways of working when appropriate. The counselling can be short-term focused or long-term - whichever is more appropriate for you **.
People come to see me with a wide variety of concerns, as listed below. They include areas such as Depression, Loss and Bereavement, Relationship Issues (I see couples as well as individuals), Anger management and Trauma. For Trauma, I use EMDR - a widely used and effective treatment to help people let go of shocks and distress, both from the past and more recent present. This therapy is evidence-based and is approved by NICE (National Institute for Health Care and Excellence).
** A great deal can be achieved in just a few sessions. Deeper problems linked to past events may take long to work through, but past events are not dwelt upon more than necessary to gain an understanding of the cause of a problem.
Training, qualifications & experience
UKRC Registered Practitioner with BACP Accreditation.
1986 Diploma in Counselling
1991 Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
1998 Certificate in Counselling Supervision
2002 EMDR Level I
2003 EMDR Level II
Counselling Supervisor for an organisation that provides emotional support for carers.
Counsellor within the NHS.
Working for a number of Employee Assistance Programs.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
One full hour costs:
£40 for individuals
£50 for couples
There is no additional charge for the first session.
At the first session, I am prepared to discuss reduced fees for further sessions if necessary.
Arrangements for payment of Telephone Counselling can be discussed on an individual basis.
Relationship issues and Couples Counselling, for which I have given training workshops to other consellors, are among my specialities.
If only one partner chooses to come for counselling, it can still help to improve the relationship.