--- WELCOME TO MY PROFILE ........I believe............A "problem" is an opportunity for change---What we believe we can achieve --- We can make new choices until we find what does work --- (Sue Knight)
What I love most about engaging in this work is that I have witnessed courageous people making positive changes and I have seen healing taking place emotionally, physically and spiritually. .
Whether you are an individual or couple, I invite you to look at what I can offer you and warmly invite you to call me on 07747 742258 or send me an email if you believe I may be able to help you. Due to Covid19 restrictions I am able to offer you zoom, telephone or face to face sessions (Covid Guidelines have to be agreed prior to convening sessions in person). Please see details of my fees and availability at the end of this profile. I am also offering reduced fees to all NHS workers
I qualified as an integrative humanistic Counsellor with an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling in 2001 I am Accredited with the BACP and registered with the UKRCP. I also hold a certificate in Psychosynthesis Transpersonal Supervision and a certificate in Pastoral Supervision with APSE. I have completed many hours of further training in different models of therapeutic work which have enhanced my knowledge and experience.
I provide a warm, confidential and calming atmosphere in which you can share your problems and you do not have to commit yourself to a set number of weeks so it is entirely up to you how much counselling you think you might need.
I have experienced therapy personally and I know how anxious I was on attending my first appointment many years ago because I didn’t know what to expect. I soon settled in, and it was the best thing I have ever done, as it enabled me to change some aspects of my life and relationships that I hadn't thought possible.
Counselling is often described as 'talking therapy' but if you experience just talking as difficult, then I can offer you other ways to work through your issues such as using imagery, visualisation or creative tools. I can also teach you how to listen to your body by using helpful relaxation techniques. All these can be extremely effective in the recovery and healing process.
THE COUNSELLING I OFFER CAN HELP YOU IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:
To gain a clearer perspective on how to understand and manage your problems in a new and helpful way
To help you find tools and strategies, to manage your thoughts and feelings more effectively.
To see you potential, then grow into it and achieve your goals.
Confidential Individual Counselling:
Allowing yourself 50 minutes each week just for you, to gather your thoughts and feelings around the issue that you bring, without any other interruptions is so important.
Confidential Couples/Relationship Counselling:
The therapy I offer can enable you to look more deeply into your inner lives and from there, bring new understanding relating to thoughts and feelings towards each other. Through this, it is possible to enhance and heal a relationships breakdown. Whatever stage you are at, whether needing a little maintenance or to decide if you can stay together after all, it is a privilege to enable and support wherever I can.
Adoption Focussed Counselling
I am a Registered Adoption Focussed Counsellor and undertake adoption support work through Barnardos where I have received specialist OFSTED approved training in Attachment Focussed Therapy. I am qualified to help you with any issues in relation to this, whether you are a birth mother or father, adoptee, adopter or close family member needing support.
I run a Six-Session Psycho-educational (Adult Only) course which helps participants to discover what lies behind their disordered eating habits and gives new insight and understanding on how they can learn new and effective ways to manage their comfort eating by establishing a healthy relationship with themselves. Participants are required to complete homework between sessions in the workbook provided. The cost is £315 per person
NB Not suitable for diagnosed eating disorders
I am an NLP Practitioner and have a diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming and am able to offer you additional tools and techniques that can help you tap into your true potential and achieve positive outcomes in any area of your life.
I hold a certificate in Coaching.
My counselling and supervision career has enabled me to gain a deep and rich understanding about many issues outlined in my profile, while working in the following areas
Addictions - Leading a 12 Step Intensive Therapy Programme of recovery at a rehabilitation centre. Weight Loss Consultation – working with a leading weight management company and supporting over 150 members each week. Senior Counsellor at Burrswood Hospital - working with patients diagnosed with CFS/ME, Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis as well as other terminal conditions such as cancer and those in palliative care. In addition having a caseload of outpatient clients including clergy, church staff and their families.
Currently providing therapeutic support to church denominations through Church Ministries Counselling Service.
Currently providing COVID Bereavement support under the Kings College Hospital Charity.
Supervision Experience since 2008
Supervising helpline workers at the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre Supervising individual counsellors privately Supervising groups of trainee and qualified counsellors within a local drug and alcohol support agency. Supervising group supervisors at Cruse Bereavement Service. Supervising groups of bereavement support volunteers at a local hospice. Supervising church leaders from denominations via my membership of the Association of Pastoral Supervisors.
Supervising a Reflective Practice group of Diocesan clergy (facilitating a two year pilot scheme for the Diocese between 2016-18)
Currently providing supervision to other denominations.
Please see further information regarding the support that I offer in the 'Supervision' section of this directory.
My experience has enabled me to gain a depth of understanding relating to the following issues:
Abortion, adoption, addictions, anxiety, anger management, assertiveness, bereavement and loss, bullying, cultural issues and prejudice, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, anti-social disorder, Asperger's syndrome, all types of depression, domestic violence, OCD, rape, physical, emotional, ritual and sexual abuse, trauma, post-traumatic stress, self-esteem, self-harm and suicide, relationships, family issues, infertility and the effects of IVF, stress management, terminal illness, Christian faith issues, and issues around death and dying.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling where I studied Person Centred, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis Models.
Diploma in Pastoral Care.
Diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming.
Certificate in Adoption focused Counselling.
Certificate in Psychosynthesis Supervision
Certificate in Pastoral Supervision
Certificate in Couples Counselling.
Licensed Understanding Your Eating Practitioner
Intermediate Certificate in Group Work.
Accredited member of the BACP and UKRCP Registered.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
CHRISTIAN AND OTHER FAITH ISSUES AFFECTING DAILY LIVING.
Concessions offered for
FEES FOR INDIVIDUALS:
CONCESSIONS AVAILABLE FOR FRONTLINE NHS WORKERS
DAYTIME: Before 6pm £50
EVENING: From 6pm - £55
ALL INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS ARE FOR 50 MINUTES
FEES FOR COUPLES:
DAYTIME: Before 6pm £60 for 60 minutes or £75 for 75 minutes
EVENING: From 6pm £65 for 60 minutes or £81.25 for 75 minutes
STUDENTS UNDERTAKING COUNSELLING/PSYCHOTHERAPY TRAINING £45 - DAYTIME ONLY
Telephone, or Zoom Counselling for individuals and couples
Therapy and Supervision Groups: From £25 per hour per person
Supervision £50 for 60 mins
MONDAY TO THURSDAY DAYTIMES. TUESDAY TO THURSDAY EVENINGS
I can offer counselling support to teenagers over the age of 16 only