Taking that first step into seeking therapy is often the hardest step to take but can be a very beneficial one. As you are reading this profile, you've obviously already taken that initial step so well done & I'm glad you're taking the time to read my profile, which I hope will encourage you to take that next step.
For those considering talking therapy, I offer an initial consultation, whereby we meet, talk about the therapy process & giving you the opportunity to ask any questions. It is also useful in allowing us to spend a short time together to see if we both feel we can work together (it is crucial we both feel comfortable & at ease to allow the natural process of a good therapeutic relationship, crucial to any successful therapeutic intervention)...
I believe in putting the client at ease with a professional, yet warm approach, helping the client to feel more secure, willing and able to open up and explore in the safety of the therapy room. This, in turn leads the way for heightened self-awareness and positive change.
Offering affordable psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and counselling (including bereavement counselling) for individuals and couples, children & adolescents, both via face to face and email, I work with an integrative approach meaning I will adapt my therapies to suit each individual client's needs, therefore, if, in my professional opinion, I feel a client would benefit from more than one approach, I will integrate whichever interventions I feel suitable. I also offer one to one hypnotherapy.
I am happy to work with counselling psychology students who are requiring therapy as part of their studies, these sessions are given at a reduced fee.
I use a person centred approach, meaning that I will assist you in exploring and understanding any issues you choose to bring to the session and help you find the tools to deal with or minimise their effect. Hence, helping you live your life in a more satisfying way.
At all times I will remain empathic, understanding and non-judgemental. I will also encourage you to take control whilst I assist you, helping you to be more aware of your own coping abilities which in time will give you the confidence to deal with both present and any future situations you might come across.
I will allow you the space to talk openly, giving you the opportunity to express any thoughts, feelings, fears etc in complete confidence.
On occasion, I find it helps to set goals or 'homework' for clients. This tends to encourage the client to actively get involved in tackling whatever issues they have whilst being guided by a professional. By doing so, the client can learn, build on and in some cases overcome barriers and/or build their self-confidence & belief. Examples where such tasks have been implemented are low self-esteem issues and anxiety.
Please note that a client will never be put under any pressure to partake in anything they feel uncomfortable with or not yet ready to tackle.
Training, qualifications & experience
Person Centred Counselling (2006)
Advanced Psychotherapy (2009)
Bereavement Counselling (2011)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (2011)
NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) (2013)
Counselling Children & Adolescents (2014)
Exp working with adults with mental health issues, family support work, palliative care & life limiting illness and limited experience working therapeutically with children & young people.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Concessions offered for
£15 for an initial consultation (duration 30 mins)
£20 email counselling (per email sent by the client) (there will be a limit on number of emails each week)
£45 per session for one to one
£30 per session for counselling students (seeking mandatory therapy as part of their studies)
£60 per session for couples
Duration per session = 50 mins
(Hypnotherapy £50 per 1 hr session)
9:30am to 8:00pm Monday to Friday. Email sessions available Mon-Sun.
ACCESSIBILITY: My consulting room is situated on the 2nd floor and there is, unfortunately no lift in the building.
ABOUT ME: I began counselling studies back in 2001 & over the years, have continued my professional development to enable myself to provide an integrative approach to my practice that I can adapt to suit each client's individual need.
Before going into private practice I worked as a therapist for 'Mind' (working with those with mental heath issues), 'The Children's Society' (working with children & young people) and 'Freshwinds' ( working with those with life-limiting or terminal illness)
I wish to add that I attend monthly clinical supervision, which is vital if a therapist is to deliver a continuous, professional and ever improving practice whilst at the same time being 'monitored' by a more experienced therapist who is trained to see that their supervisee's are maintaining a good standard of practice.
I also attend a minimum of 4 peer support groups per annum relating to my hypnotherapy practice.
I am accredited with the Bacp (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), I adhere to their code of ethics at all times.
I am also a member of GHR (General Hypnotherapy Register)
I have an up to date DBS