I trained at the University of Cambridge and then worked for the mental health charity MIND for seven years, counselling clients who were experiencing a wide variety of problems including depression, bereavement, addiction, relationship issues and work related stress. I have also worked as counsellor for ADAS a service for clients who experience problems relating to drug, alcohol and other addictions. In 2013 I relocated to York and worked in private practice and for the NHS as a counsellor based in the local GP practices and then later for the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) Service. In 2018 I moved back to the Newmarket area and I am now working from the Lifestuff Counselling Centre in Newmarket.
What is Counselling?
Counselling provides a safe and supportive environment in which to talk through your thoughts and problems and reflect on past and present events with a knowledgeable, non-judgemental professional. It gives you a confidential place to 'let off steam' and express your feelings. It encourages you to take an honest look at your current thoughts, feelings and behaviours that may be preventing you from moving forward. It helps you to find ways of changing these overwhelming emotions in a way that will take you to a safer and more secure place.It can often provide an environment to understand and learn about ourselves so that you can take control of and responsibility for your life.
How I work
As a counsellor I will listen and try to help you explore and make sense of your current feelings and behaviour, we may identify patterns that have their roots in your past experiences. As counselling progresses you may gain insights and work with me to find more helpful ways of coping with your problems and feelings.
Coming to counselling can often be seen as a journey and sometimes the first step is the hardest step. However every journey starts with one step, and maybe you have taken that first step today by looking at this website.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
University of Cambridge. Awarded April 2008
Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling
University of Cambridge. Awarded October 2005
Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.
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
My rate for a 50 minute session is £45 for individual counselling and £60 for couples.