The current pandemic has changed all of our lives demonstrably, both in how we need to operate and in how we react to everyday events. Anxiety in response to the unknown and stress (due to work, difficult relationships and financial pressures) are both very normal reactions in this heightened state. Many people are reporting higher levels of alcohol consumption. The list of additional worries many people are facing goes on and on.
Are you currently struggling to cope and/or in need of assistance to help you get through a difficult situation? Perhaps you feel you need to identify and/or make a change to your current circumstances to improve your life or just feel happier/more comfortable in your own skin? You may be feeling quite stuck and feel you could use a safe space to explore a long-term issue or talk through a more recent situation and identify possible options/solutions going forward? Many of these scenarios can severely affect you and directly interfere with your quality of life, your decision making abilities and ultimately, your happiness. Counselling can help!
Congratulations. You have already made the most difficult decision - to seek help and support. You really have nothing to lose; why not book an initial free consultation appointment to discuss your situation in more detail before you decide if counselling is for you?
I have 18+ years experience in a variety of settings (agency, volunteer and private practice), working with individuals as well as running groups. I offer a warm, collaborative, nonjudgmental and supportive counselling service in a safe, confidential setting using a variety of models, including person-centred Counselling and Cognitive Behavourial Therapy (CBT).
I have a wide range of experience working with clients who have struggled with addictions (drugs/alcohol/food/gambling etc), anxiety, depression, relationship issues, domestic violence, adoption, intimacy issues, workplace stress, phobias, work/life balance, eating disorders, self-harm, bereavement, self-destruction as well as more general issues of low self-esteem and lack of confidence.
Short or long-term counselling options are available to help you meet YOUR goals in therapy. I offer a free initial consultation which will allow you to discuss what you hope to achieve in therapy. Together, we will determine the best way to reach your objectives and this will be adapted, as necessary, throughout our therapeutic relationship.
Please feel free to contact me regarding any queries you have regarding the counselling process prior to making a consultation appointment.
I look forward to hearing from you.
(Please note that in line with the government's social distancing policy, all sessions will be held by phone for the time being.)
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc (Hons) Integrative Counselling
- VACTS Accredited Counsellor (Drug/Alcohol Abuse)
- MSc HR Management
- I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and bound by its Ethical Framework of Good Practice and Professional Conduct.
18+ years experience in both voluntary/statutory agencies and private practice settings working with clients from all walks of life.
I offer a FREE, no obligation consultation appointment.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions are typically held weekly on the same day/time but other flexible options may be available if appropriate.
£40 - Daytime appointments
£45 - Evening appointments
(NB: Concessions are available for NHS staff and other key workers through 1st June, 2020.)
FREE, no obligation consultation.
Feel free to call or email to book an initial appointment to discuss your situation in more detail before you decide if counselling is for you.
I currently have both daytime and (limited) evening availability
Counselling sessions usually take place in my office in the garden but at the moment, all sessions will be held by phone, in line with the government's social distancing guidelines.
Free, off street parking available.
Public transport: There is a train station approximately a 15-20 minute walk away.