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Registered Member BACP (Snr Accred) Counsellor
Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 15th August 2022

About me

I’m working exclusively online, supporting people to find their own way out of trauma, depression, anxiety, past abuse, low self worth and many other issues. I have a strong belief in the power of a good therapeutic relationship to facilitate healing, whilst recognising the role of structural inequalities in creating understandable distress.

About You

You may find that you're experiencing anxious feelings, negative thought patterns or beliefs about yourself linked to events both recent and further back. I'll make sure that  we work creatively and safely with these issues whilst offering you enough challenge for change to become a possibility. I am interested in working with trauma and have trained in EMDR which has been well researched as a way of working with trauma and anxiety as well as for issues with attachment. Interweaving EMDR with the person centred approach can be a gentle yet powerful agent for change.

Sometimes a few sessions will help with something specific and at other times more exploration & understanding are needed in order for deeper changes to take place.

I offer a 30 minute free initial video call which gives us an opportunity to see if and how we might work together.

I'm working online using video calling, and until lockdown I was based in Malvern WR14, seeing clients from Malvern, Worcester, Pershore, Evesham, Ledbury, the Forest of Dean, Hereford and further afield. Prior to moving to Worcestershire, I worked in Birmingham and Coventry for many years.

Training, qualifications & experience

I'm a Registered Member of the BACP (Senior Accredited Counsellor) and gained a Diploma in Person Centred Therapy from the University of Warwick in 1998. I am also qualified in Person Centred art therapy skills, EMDR, Focusing & have explored CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) for person centred counsellors. I draw on my wealth of experience and training to work in a way which matches your preferred communication style.

My therapy experience includes working in colleges, for a GP practice, for the Terrence Higgins Trust as well as privately. I am also a supervisor for a range of voluntary sector organisations and the NHS.  Prior to retraining as a therapist, I worked as a manager and teacher in the public sector and within the voluntary sector.

I am interested in working with the whole person and will therefore support you to access your embodied intelligence to help foster a more compassionate attitude towards yourself. Exploration through creative processes, playfulness, Mindfulness and embodied attention are all part of what I offer to help deepen this process and facilitate change.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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).

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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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Body/mind approach - working with the body without touch, through paying attention and closely listening to our body’s natural wisdom
  • Attachment and separation issues
  • Self-esteem issues
  • EMDR

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£50 per 50 minute session.

I offer a couple of concessionary spaces for people with a low family income or on benefits for a maximum of up to 10 sessions.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday & Tuesday afternoons. Some Wednesday mornings. 

Further information

Until lockdown I worked from the peaceful Beacon Clinic in central Malvern but have now moved all my sessions online using video calling with Zoom. People have found online sessions as helpful as in person. Zoom is easy to use and free to download.

The first session is a chance to share information and see if we want to work together. There's no commitment to continue with counselling after this session but if you do we'll generally agree to six sessions and then review where we want to go after that.

My core working hours are Mondays 1.30pm - 9pm, Tuesdays 2-6pm, Thursday afternoons, 1-5pm with Wednesday and Thursday mornings available for video consultations for supervision.

Worcester, Worcestershire, WR5

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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I'm now working online making it easier to access my services. I'll review the situation regularly and update when I feel able to resume face to face work.

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom

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