Counselling is a confidential, therapeutic relationship, a unique space where you can feel safe to discuss, explore and work through feelings and issues that are negatively affecting your life.
Knowledge of psychological theories and recognised communication skills, modified with experience, intuition and empathy allow me, as your counsellor, to provide a safe, containing environment in which you can share your intimate concerns, problems or aspirations. The task of counselling is to explore, discover and clarify ways of living more satisfyingly and resourcefully, in the here and now.
There are many reasons why people seek counselling, you may be in the midst of painful relationship difficulties or dealing with feelings of loss and grief. It could be that you were abused during your childhood and are still struggling with the after effects. Sexual problems or issues around your sexuality could be causing you concern. Maybe you have low self esteem, lack confidence and carry a feeling within you that you are not good enough. Difficult, unmanageable feelings of anger, sadness, emptiness or fear could be making you feel overwhelmed.
Whatever is troubling you, sharing your difficulties and feelings with a counsellor, someone unbiased, who will listen to you without judgement, is therapeutic. I shall support you as you try to establish and understand your needs and find ways of meeting them, rather than giving advice or offering solutions. Therapy can be reparative and transformative, a healing of hurts, traumas and psychological wounds. The counselling process can enable you to work through your feelings, move on from painful issues, become empowered and make positive changes to lead a more fulfilled, happier and healthier life.
I am based in central Christchurch, Dorset, immediately to the right of the Rail Station. You can contact me by telephone and we can have a talk and discuss your counselling needs or you can mail me to begin with if you prefer. If you also visit my website you can read more about my practice and please feel free to get in touch by phone or e mail to ask me to ask any questions you may have. If you then feel you would like to take the next step we can arrange the free initial assessment session. This first 30 minute session will give you a feel of counselling and help us both decide whether or not I am the right counsellor for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist with over fifteen years experience of working with a wide diversity of issues.
I began my counselling training in 1999 and gained my Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic counselling in 2003 and another module in Helping Children and Young People in 2006. I also hold certificates in Couples Counselling and Supevision.
My counselling placement whilst in training was at Southampton Counselling and Therapy Centre, which offers short term psychodynamic counselling to men and women. SCTC's ethos is that mental distress prevents individuals and the communities they form from flourishing and where it damages the ability of parents to nurture their children, it is being passed into succeeding generations. The provision of affordable, accessible therapies should be part of the way that a society addresses its own dis-ease
I founded and co-ordinated a self help/support group for adult women survivors of childhood sexual abuse with support from the Department of Psychological Therapies and CIS'ters (Southampton) in 1998/99 I have also worked at Over The Rainbow LGBT Centre in Bournemouth, Compass Counselling (WPF) Service in Lymington and Dorset Action on Abuse in Poole before starting my own private practice in 2008.
My Advanced Diploma is Psychodynamic but I have also studied Humanistc/Existential and Cognitive Behavioural theory and work integratively. I have worked as a counsellor since 2003, seeing clients with a diversity of issues in Hampshire and Dorset. I have worked extensively with adult Survivors of childhood sexual abuse in a group setting and now on a one to one basis. I see clients in private practice in Christchurch, Dorset and also do counselling work with the LGBT community, previously at Over the Rainbow in Bournemouth but now in my consultation room in Christchurch. For further LGBT information my website has a link to Over the Rainbow in Bournemouth.
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
A thirty minute initial meeting is offered free of charge so we can meet face to face and see how we feel about working together.
I charge £50 a session for individual counselling and £60 for couples.
Some concessionary spaces are available for those who cannot afford the full fee. If you feel you are eligible, please let me know when we meet for your initial free session.
If I do not have any concessionary spaces currently available I can let you know of local organisations which offer free or low cost counselling.
- BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
- UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist
- Couples Counselling/Relationship issues
- Telephone and Skype counselling