Are you feeling depressed, stressed or anxious? Are you feeling overwhelmed by emotions and other problems? I work with couples and individuals to assist them to feel better about themselves and their lives and if they choose to make changes to improve the quality of their lives.
How I Work
My aim is to work with you in a warm, confidential and non-judgemental way to help you clarify your thoughts and feelings about the difficulties you are experiencing in your current life situation. Together we work to enable you to find a way forward which is right for you and to enhance your sense of well being. Sometimes the issues which are brought to counselling may be related to past events. Reviewing deep-seated issues can bring about the healing of old hurts. This also gives the opportunity to become aware of old patterns of behaviour and negative habits, allowing you to start to change them.
I use a combination of approaches including Humanistic and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to help you start to manage your problems more effectively and feel better about life.
Firstly I like to meet and talk with you to understand your concerns and needs. We look at how you would like to be coping differently with them and if I think I can help you.
How Counselling Can Help
We may be going through a difficult time in our lives. Sometimes we feel stuck with feelings and thoughts that just don't seem to go away. We go over and over things in our heads and strong feelings and thoughts may keep us awake at night. Talking about things with someone who is trained to listen can help us to understand ourselves better, face difficulties and start to find a way forward in a way that did not seem possible on our own. Gradually we can start to feel more at ease and more able to cope effectively.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I hold a Diploma in Counselling, a Certificate in Counselling Supervision and a Certificate in Couples Counselling.
I have been working professionally as a counsellor in the NHS, educational settings and privately for 24 years.
I supervise other counsellors and have taught on an HND in Counselling.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
£40.00 per session
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
Individuals £40 per session. You are welcome to self refer. Referrals can also be made by health professionals, companies and employee assistance programmes.
I am currently offering counselling sessions by phone and video call only. I have however extended my hours to Monday to Friday daytimes to accomodate clients' availability.
I have experience with a wide area of issues. I also have experience in an Occupational Health setting where I have worked with a lot of work related issues such as work related stress, health issues, bullying, and formal proceedings.