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I can appreciate how difficult it is to take that first move into deciding to find a counsellor and then to making that first step to contact someone, someone who is, after all a relative stranger. Knowing that you want to take that first step, make that very first approach to possibly getting some support and help, wanting to make some changes is the biggest step you can take, but also the most important one on the road to feeling better.
When someone has taken that first step, and reaches out to someone like me, that in itself, shows how much you want things to change and is the best sign. I am trained to listen, to support you in however you need things to change, to offer you a therapeutic environment where you can explore any issues, emotions or thoughts that are troubling you. In my many years of counselling, I know that it is you, the client who knows what it is important, who wants to continue to grow but for one reason or another has been prevented from doing so. My role is to support you in this growth and together we can work out how you can resolve these difficult emotions.
A bit of background, I am a fully qualified, experienced counsellor working with children and adults in a humanistic, person centred way. I specialise in bereavement, grief and loss, anxiety and depression as well as relationship counselling and anger management. Having been a teacher for many years, I am also experienced in working with children and adolescents and currently offer therapeutic support to parents and children in local schools and the professionals who support those children. For the last six years, I have also been a tutor on successive Level 3 Counselling Studies courses as well as the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling courses.
With this in mind, I also offer reduced rates to counsellors in training as an added incentive for student counsellors who need to fulfil their course requirements. Please ask for details.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an MA in Counselling Studies, a Diploma and an Advanced Certificate in Counselling with Nottingham University and am also a fully qualified graduate teacher, which was my previous profession.
I am a Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their Ethical Framework.
Previously I have been a bereavement counsellor, a manager of a Children's Centre for grief and loss, a secondary school counsellor and am currently working as a consultant counsellor offering emotional support to teachers and parents in local schools, as well as running a private practice where I see adults and children and supervise other counsellors to support their own practice.
Currently, I also tutor students on Level Three Counselling and Level Four Diploma in Counselling courses at a local college.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
The fees are on a sliding scale, depending on different contributing factors, including means, travel etc
The usual cost is £50 per session of approximately one hour with a reduced rate of £45 for children (11 and under) for a session of 45 minutes. There will be a minimum charge of £60 for couples and family work.
When I work
I can offer some daytime and early evening sessions throughout the week at a time convenient to us both.
I work mainly in Swindon and outlying areas. I do have some daytime and evening appointments, so please contact me if you feel I may be of help.
It can be very daunting to consider coming to speak to a counsellor, but please be assured that my aim will be to put you at your ease and discover whether I can help you to find a way through your difficulties.
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**In the time of the Coronavirus pandemic, I am very aware that there are a lot of people trying to manage their anxiety and perhaps grief with little or no support. Managing our emotions is not easy with social media, news bulletins and the awful statistics coming at us from all sides. It's particularly important that we all maintain our own mental and emotional wellbeing in order to cope ourselves with the stresses that are even more amplified right now. It may be that you feel you would benefit from speaking to someone who can help you manage your emotions right now. While we might not be able to meet face to face as I would normally recommend, I can and do offer online counselling using Zoom or even telephone counselling sessions in these extreme and unprecedented times. I also offer these sessions at a reduced rate. If this sounds like something you would welcome please contact me.