About me

Feeling alone with your problems or worries?  Not sure what to do or where to turn to? When depression, anxiety, stress, pain or general unhappiness interrupt and spoil the way you live, love and or work, counselling can really help.  I help people find peace of mind by managing their anxiety or depression.  I help people explore their relationships, past and present to help them develop  more satisfying relationships in the here and now.

Professionally qualified and experienced, I have been working in caring professions for over twenty years. I have worked with clients from every walk of life and with a wide range of issues. We are all human, we all suffer, have difficulties and we can all improve the quality and experience of our lives.

Professionally qualified and experienced, I have been working in caring professions for over twenty years. I have worked with clients from every walk of life and with a wide range of issues. We are all human, we all suffer, have difficulties and we can all improve the quality and experience of our lives.


In addition to my accredited counselling training I also have a 1st Class Honours degree in Psychology. This gives me a much deeper and informed understanding of things like depression, anxiety, memory systems and relationships than most counselling courses can provide. I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and was a member of the British Psychological Society for 18 years.

I offer a confidential, warm, non-judgemental and respectful relationship in which, together, we can explore your difficulties. I have the professional training, skills and experience to help you to help yourself. Being heard, without being judged or told what to do, can help you to discover more about yourself and what is bothering you, what you want from life and ways to get more from your life. Even if the issue is itself impossible to change, for example an illness or trauma, you can still change the way you live with the issue.

My primary approach is Person-Centred but I also draw on other approaches depending upon your needs.  When clients want specific techniques to help manage persistent difficult thoughts or feelings, I can support you using ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) and Mindfulness.

I work in open-ended counselling or am happy to contract for time-limited counselling.

I have regular supervision with a qualified supervisor and participate in a peer supervision group.

For the past ten years I have been a committee member for a charity based service which provides Continuing Professional Development workshops. This has allowed me to have greater access to a wide range of training which enhances and updates my practice on a regular basis.

I am fully insured and work to BACP code of ethics.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc Honours First-class Psychology
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
NCFE Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory, Level 3
CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Surrey University Developmental issues of middle childhood and adolescence
Bruner Prize Social Psychology
Counselling Skills University of Surrey
Generalist Money Advisor and Counsellor Money Advice Trust
Certificate in Education Oxon

Experience:
Counselling in GP practice
Counselling at Further Education College
Counselling in Pupil Referral Unit
Private practice                                                                                                                  Volunteer counsellor for a charity supporting victims of domestic abuse

Member organisations

BACP

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

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I work with any issues/areas that are creating difficulties, concerns or troubling feelings;please feel free to call even if you do not see your issue or concern listed above.

Fees

Additional information


£50 per 50 minute session for individuals


Availability

I have availability on most days and early evening. I also offer weekend appointments.

Further information

I see clients in my home in Brislington just outside Bristol. It is a family home and there are pets in the house; whilst the pets do not join us for counselling it may not be suitable for people with extreme allergies.  There is parking available in the road in front of the house or around the side in front of my garage.

Bristol
Somerset
BS4

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults