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Counselling & Psychotherapy MA, registered MBACP, PCATA

About me

I work with adults, children, young people and couples.  My approach is Person-Centred and Pluralistic. This means that I will work to understand you and to provide a non-judgmental relationship where you feel able to explore your issues and feelings openly. My role is to explore with you, and to collaborate so that we can work out what is helpful, help you to discover your own inner resources, promote psychological healing, and/or find solutions. 

You can read more about how I work here https://pluralisticpractice.com/2020/05/12/bread-and-jam-and-sparkling-wine-can-i-be-person-centred-and-pluralistic/

I am a psychotherapist and creative arts counsellor and I work in a variety of ways, for example with art, creative media, and guided visualisations. Working with creative methods art can be helpful when it's difficult or painful to talk, or when you can't find the right words. Working in this way can be very powerful . You do not need to have any special skills or be good at art or drawing

I work online and face to face in a bright and friendly room, offering both long and short term counselling. I have over 20 years experience of working with people from all walks of life with all types of issues and problems.

I have particular experience with issues such as depression, addiction, sexual abuse,  bereavement, relationship difficulties and stress. I also work with people who wish to explore issues such as their life direction, self esteem, confidence, or for personal development.

I have a special interest and additional training in art therapy, play therapy, creative ways of working, nutrition and specialise in working with children and young people. 

I am the founder of the Association for Person Centred Creative Arts  a senior lecturer at the University of East London. My research interests include creative arts therapy, digital media in therapy and pluralistic practice. I am also an author.   

The Pluralistic Therapy Primer (PCCS Books 2021) 

What Works in Counselling and Psychotherapy Relationships (BACP 2020)

Chapter on Referrals and Indications for Therapy in The Handbook of Counselling Children and Young People (Sage, 2018) 

I am based in the town centre, a short walk from Brentwood Station. I am approximately 10 mins drive from the M25 and I have parking available. 

As a member of BACP I abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy which can be found at www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework.

I am happy to have a chat on the phone or via zoom if you have any questions.
 Alternatively you can email me and I will contact you as soon as I can, usually within 24 hours.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:

  • MA Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Certificate MHFA (2017)
  • BA(Hons) Person-Centred Counselling (2006)
  • Advanced Diploma Person-Centred Counselling ( 2003)
  • Certificate Person-Centred Counselling (2001)                                   
  • Certificate Person-Centred Art Therapy Skills (2000)
  • Access Certificate (equivalent to A level) sociology, child psychology, educational psychology
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (July 08)

    I have also attended short training courses including:

  • Online Counselling 
  • Dance Movement Therapy Goldsmiths
  • Play Therapy Workshops - Association Play Therapists
  • Psychology 
  • Advocacy and Support Probation Service
  • Bereavement 
  • Addiction
  • Sex and Sexualities

    I have over twenty years experience of counselling clients in various settings such as in primary schools, drug and alcohol programmes, and for Essex Police, Essex Probation, and Essex Fire Service. 

    I am currently in the process of applying for accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

    I'm also a qualified counselling lecturer and trainer and I offer a range of CPD workshops for counsellors and psychotherapists.

Member organisations

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£65.00 per session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Fees

£65.00 per session. Couples £75.00 per session, but I am happy to negotiate the fee according to your situation at our first session.

Supervision £75 per hour.

Concessions

I believe that your financial circumstances should not preclude your right to choose private therapy, and as such I offer some low-cost appointments for those in financial difficulty.

Cancellations or missed sessions will incur a normal session charge unless 24 hours notice is given.

When I work

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Further information

I am a member of ;
BACP - British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists,
APCCA - Association for Person-Centred Creative Arts

I am sorry I do not have wheelchair access- but could possibly source a room if required. I can see clients in Brentwood, Essex.

As well as my Twitter link above, you can also visit my Instagram page here.

Brentwood, Essex, CM14

Type of session

In person
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

In person
Online

I offer clinical and creative supervision to therapists and creative arts counsellors whose approach aligns with mine.

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