Due to the need for social distancing and shielding, I have been working hard to move my practice online via secure Video Conferencing platform Zoom. I hope to continue offering support and help to my former and present clients.
I have 30 years' experience (8 in GP surgeries) as a therapeutic counsellor. I deal with all kinds of human concerns and difficulties and enjoy supporting people on their journey through Life. I specialise in Stress, Anxiety, Depression and health, family & relationship problems (new baby, moving house, work, bullying, disability, divorce, retirement, grandparenting etc) . I offer a safe space where clients can explore their problems and express their thoughts and feelings without being judged or taking sides. Getting help early for psychological problems often means improved outcomes.
As a Humanistic Counsellor, I respect each person as a unique being with skills, responsibilities & choices. The first sessions are usually about exploring a current crisis or any confusion or unhappiness that a client may struggle with. The aims of further sessions may include healing the past, improving confidence, communication and relationships, solving problems, changing unwanted behaviour, building on strengths and creating a Life they love according to their nature. I draw from a variety of approaches: person centred, transpersonal, existential, CBT/REBT, psychodynamic with a holistic perspective (Mind, Body, Spirit). I may use practical exercises e.g. anger & stress management, assertiveness, self-esteem, confidence & self-awareness exercises to help people feel more relaxed and in control. The Rewind Technique safely reduces the impact of traumatic events (Road Traffic Accidents, Assault, Betrayals, Deaths, Harassment, Abuse etc)
I regret I am unable to offer sessions and seminars for The Radiance Technique (Authentic Reiki) (TRT) until further notice. TRT is a simple but powerful relaxation & meditation practice you can learn for yourself. TRT is ancient wisdom for the modern world.
I enjoy seeing people of all ages. I hold an Standard Disclosure Certificate and am registered for Data Protection.
I offer flexible appointment times Mon-Fri 10am to 6pm including some evenings.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a MA in Counselling Studies from Keele University 1997 - research dissertation "The Use of Imagery in the Treatment of Depression". I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP). I have 30 years' experience with a wide range of problems including 8 years' in GP surgeries. I was a volunteer in a Rape Crisis Centre, a teacher of music and languages in a day centre with mentally and physically disabled adults, a partner in a Primary Care Counselling Service and a therapist/trustee in a natural health centre.
Recent training (2020) has included workshops: How to do Counselling online: A Coronavirus Primer, COVID-19 telehealth course, Conducting Online Therapy Sessions that Deliver Results, Online Therapy Sessions: Practical Interventions for Anxiety and Acute Traumatic Stress, (2019) Addressing Bereavement after Traumatic Loss, Somatic Psychology, Working with Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. And previously, Penny Parks Inner Child, NLP, Dorothy Rowe on Siblings, Energy Psychology, Unconscious Processes in Film Making, Adoption, Suicide, Working with Dreams, Alchemy of Relationships, Working with Aspergers Syndrome, Focusing, Working with Common Tensions in Relationships, New Thinking in Treatment Resistant Depression, The Rewind Technique, CBT/REBT for Person Centred Counsellors, Primary Certificate in REBT, Trauma, Life Coaching, Diabetes, PTSD, Compassion Focussed Therapy, etc
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Holistic health, personal development, creativity, relaxation & meditation, mid-life crisis, carers, getting older, twins, hearing loss, tinnitus, grandparenting etc
My standard rate for Counselling is £45/hr. Reduced rates can be negotiated for people who are low-waged, students, OAPs, new mums, Armed Forces, etc.
Session for The Radiance Technique are on hold. My standard rate for The Radiance Technique is £45/hr. I also do seminars in small groups for learning The First Degree for self-help at £225 for 12 hours.
Concessions offered for
I was born in Africa and grew up in Canada. I trained as a multi-lingual secretary and worked for a number of government and business organisations in the UK and abroad. I am married with two grown-up sons. My interests include music, the arts, crosswords, yoga, keeping fit, holistic health and the natural world.