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Counselling Therapist & Group Facilitator, Registered M.BACP

About me

For the time being all sessions are offered virtually or via telephone. 

Hello, my name is Trish. Thank you for taking the time to read a little more about the counselling and therapy I provide.

I am a professionally qualified therapeutic counsellor, a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), providing counselling for 18 years, seeing client's privately for 14 years, offering both short term and long term therapy.

My practice is in a village on the outskirts of Kings Lynn West Norfolk.
I see adults individually and as couples for both short term counselling and longer-term therapy; I also see young people over the age of 14.
Previously my professional work always involved helping others, working within the public sector, and then charitable organisations, The Matthew Project West Norfolk, Diverse a sexual health charity alongside counselling for over ten years within a local mental health charity in West Norfolk.

How counselling can help can be challenging to put into words. Still, I believe it provides a unique place, solely for you, to talk about what you would like to talk about, to bring your concerns, discomfort, parts of life that you have been trying to manage or find a way through either recently, or maybe for some time. Our sessions offer you somewhere to bring your concerns, the things that are bothering you, so we can try to understand these together. 

The way we find ourselves living our lives at the moment will undoubtedly trigger and push internal buttons. All sorts of thoughts and feelings will be surfacing; it can be difficult to know where feels okay to take these.

I believe that problems can come from avoiding painful feelings; why would you want to visit or talk about these if it hurts, but they go somewhere. Often, we push these feelings down and keep them held within. This isn’t always a conscious decision. It happens unconsciously.

Counselling provides a patient and accepting space to hear your troubles, your own thoughts and words.
Our conversations together provide some distance to try to understand what’s happening. 
Having been through my own therapy, I appreciate it’s not always easy to talk and be open about things; we take our time.

There is no expectation; you bring what you bring and are welcomed as you are.

Therapeutic counselling can also explore patterns which seem to keep repeating or thoughts that keep returning. Eventually, and at a pace that feels comfortable for you, we try to find meaning, a different awareness.

It is this awareness and understanding which leaves you feeling freer to embrace your future and live a meaningful life, even in the most testing of times.

How to begin

Understandably questions and concerns will surface as you consider counselling. It's not at all unusual to feel apprehensive about the process or feel uncertain where to begin. Any counsellor practising safely and ethically will try to answer any questions, concerns or thoughts you may have. Choosing a counsellor with who you feel you can connect with will help to ensure your counselling gets the best possible start.

The weblinks below may provide some helpful information about finding the right counselling for you and about accessing counselling via telephone or online.

We usually begin by arranging a brief telephone call; then, if you would like to do so, we arrange an initial appointment to consider together if the counselling therapy I provide feels comfortable for you.
After our meeting, you may feel you would like to continue; we would then decide a mutually convenient time to meet regularly. If, however, we don't feel compatible, or perhaps I am not able to provide the support you were hoping to find. I am committed to exploring other possibilities with you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Training and Qualification
  • Foundation Training IGA - Institute of Group Analysis - Turvy Centre 2016-2017
  • Bereavement Counselling 2018- Current
  • Volunteer Counsellor and Support Group facilitator - Mental Health Charity 2003 - 2019
  • Body Image 2017
  • WPF Effective Group work 2015
  • Bereavement Counselling 2018- Current
  • The Body in Therapy & Counselling CPD  2008- 2009
  • Tavistock Centre for  Couples and Relationships- Affairs the impact on relationships
  • Professional Certificate of Proficiency (CoP ) 2012
  • Norfolk Safe Guarding Training - Children Board 2008
  • Helpline Training The Matthew Project 2008
  • Level 4 Post Grad Adv.Dip Therapeutic Counselling 2004-2006
  • Level 3 Counselling Studies 2004 - 2005
  • Level 3 Counselling Skills 2004-2006
  • Leading Structured Groups  (Group Facilitator HMP Service) 2003
  • Level 2 Counselling Skills; Level 2 Introduction to Counselling Skills
  • Prison officer within the Prison Service a, Group Facilitator and Staff care team support.
  • Drugs Support worker for the Matthew Project charity within Norfolk.
  • Support worker for DHIVERSE a Cambridge based sexual health charity

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Uk Volunteering Service
  • Co -Facilitated mental health support groups to help manage loneliness and isolation
  • Co-facilitated process groups for first-year psychology students - University of East Anglia Norwich.

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Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Axa Health
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality

Additional information

I can offer reduced rates on specific days and times, so please ask for more details.

Individual sessions £45.00p per session

Couple sessions £60.00p - per sessions

When I work

Mondays – Thursdays between 8.00am and 8.00pm

Further information

I hold a current DBS (The Disclosure and Barring Service)

Bus stop 5 min's away from location (Norfolk Green 505 between Spalding &
King's Lynn)

I attend monthly supervision to ensure I uphold my ethical responsibilities I regularly attend counselling seminars and workshops to ensure I continue to develop my understanding of specific difficulties and needs .

Terrington St Clements, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE34

Type of session


Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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