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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. 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 twenty years experience of working with a wide diversity of issues.
I began my counselling training in 1999 and work integratively using a training in Humanistic approaches, as well as an Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy, which I completed in 2003. I gained another module in Helping Children and Young People in 2006 and I am also qualified in Couples Counselling and Supervision.
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 Humanistic/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.
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
£50.00 - £60.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
My fees are £50 for individual therapy and £60 for couples
Please contact me to arrange a thirty minute initial meeting which is offered free of charge so that we can meet face to face, by telephone or on a video call, to see how we feel about working together
I offer a number of concessionary spaces in my practice for those who are in genuine financial need. If you wish to discuss this possibility please let me know when we meet for your initial free thirty minute session.
- BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
- UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist
- Couples Counselling/Relationship issues
- Telephone and Skype counselling