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Diploma In Integrative Counselling, BACP Accred., UKRCP, ACC Accred

About me

Many people find themselves at times struggling with difficulties of an emotional nature. They may be to do with challenging or broken relationships, problematic patterns of behaviour, or because of things that have happened.

Coping with life's transitions can be hard. It may be because of bereavement or due to redundancy.

If you are experiencing difficulty, counselling may help by providing you with the opportunity to explore your feelings and concerns in a confidential setting without fear of judgement or disapproval.

I offer 1 to 1 counselling. It is normally arranged on a weekly basis but the frequency of sessions may vary according to the nature of the issues and client preference. The way I work with clients makes it suitable for both short term and more open ended counselling.

Sessions are normally 50 minutes long.

My approach to the work is integrative, which means that I may draw on a number of models including person centred counselling, psychoanalytic approaches and CBT.

The relationship between the client and the counsellor is crucial to the work and for that reason the first session is an introductory one. This allows you the opportunity to meet me and decide whether or not you wish to commit yourself to counselling with me. Equally, I am able to make an assessment of your needs.

In addition I offer supervision to qualified or trainee counsellors.

I see clients at an address in North Tonbridge, Kent.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at The Minster Centre, London, where I gained the post graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling.

My experience includes working voluntarily in general practice for MIND, the national charity for mental health. In addition I have many years experience of pastoral work which enables me to deal with emotional needs in relation to a broader spiritual dimension where required.

For many years, alongside my private counselling practice I directed a small charity in Westminster, London providing support to vulnerable families in the inner city. I have experience of supporting parents and children facing real challenges.

I am an accredited counsellor with both the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) and work to their ethical principles.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

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

Spiritual problems

Fees

Additional information

The full fee is £45 for individuals and £65 for couples per session but lower cost counselling may be possible in cases of genuine hardship.

Tonbridge, Kent, TN9

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families