Exploring your motivation to see a counsellor at this exact time will be the starting point of our work together. When you contact me you may feel disoriented, preoccupied or in great distress and you may wish to make sense of what is going on for you.
High levels of anxiety or stress may make it difficult for you to identify the exact source of your distress or stop you from making sense of what is unfolding around you. Counselling may offer you the space to sit back from the intensity of your experiences and make the choices that are available to you more apparent.
My role as a counsellor is to provide a safe space in which you can sit in the 'clearing' of your life and understand the whirlwind of your emotions, and get a clearer understanding of the choices that lie ahead.
Once we meet we will discuss the possible direction of our work together on the basis of the particular conflict, strong emotion, or dilemma that has brought you to our session.Depending on your experience of sitting alongside me for the duration of our time together, and how effective my presence has been whilst listening to you, you can decide if you feel that the way I work, and the way I am alongside you is the way you would like to proceed.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began my initial counselling training at York St. John University in 1995 gaining a Graduate Diploma in Counselling in 1997. My interest in the possibilities of working across categories of difference took me to Regents College where I completed a Cross Cultural Certificate in Psychotherapy.
In 2002 I completed a one year supervision course at York St. John University and have since worked as a clinical supervisor for practitioners working in a variety of settings.
In 2009 I completed a Masters programme in Existential Psychotherapy at The New School for Psychotherapy and Counselling gaining an MA in Existential Psychotherapy.
I am a senior accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP (Snr.Accred.) and am bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and Complaints procedure.
I am also a UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) registered Existential Psychotherapist and a member of the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA).
In 2013 I completed an Existential Certificate in Supervision and Group work at the New School of Psychotheray and Counselling.
In April 2014 I was accredited as a supervisor by the BACP.
I have twenty one years experience of offering counselling to clients in a variety of settings.
I have fourteen years experience of working as a superviosr and am a BACP accredited suprvisor (MBACP Snr.Accred.)
I work also as an independent trainer and facilitate Cross Cultural (Working with Difference) workshops for both Counsellors and staff in a variety of institutions.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
Identity issues, transitions, cultural dislocation
Individual therapy costs £55 per session payable either electronically or in cash /cheque at the end of each session. I will provide you with a receipt.
I have a 48 hour notice period for cancellation.
You can email me at email@example.com
Or telephone me on 07722134674 to arrange an initial appointment. Should you be unable to reach me you can leave your contact details on my voicemail and I will get back to you.
You can also get in touch by email. We can then briefly discuss what your hopes and expectations are and if you so wish we can arrange to meet for a first session.
The first session will give us a chance to see how it feels to work alongside each other and how to proceed. Once we have agreed to work together we can decide the number of sessions and the pattern of reviews to make sure our meeting continue to meet your needs.
Where I work
I work from Acomb in York.