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MA, BA, MBACP (Accred) Counsellor

About me

I offer a confidential, empathic space, either outdoors, online or on the phone, in which you can explore your issues and worries. Supporting you to recognise and build on your own strengths and resources.

Whether you are feeling overwhelmed, confused or low about issues in your life. Counselling can allow you space to explore this, giving you a chance to build a better understanding of yourself and your relationships.

My main training is Integrative, this means that I am able to draw my theoretical knowledge from three main counselling approaches, cognitive behavioural, humanistic and psychodynamic. I work with this knowledge, offering counselling that emphasises the importance of the relationship between client and counsellor whilst using skills and techniques that are appropriate for each individual.

I can also provide outdoor therapy. All outdoor sessions take place in areas that are known to me and I have previously visited to assess suitability and any risks. Before an outdoor session can be booked an online one needs to take place.  To discuss your suitability for outside work, goals for the therapy and an opportunity to see if we both feel comfortable to work together.  I'm outdoor first aid trained and insured to provide outdoor counselling.

  • Walk and Talk- A counselling session that takes place at a suitable location outside. These sessions take a similar format to indoor work, in terms of the focus being on the client’s therapeutic work. But with the advantage of being in the natural world.
  • Eco Therapeutic approach-I can also provide counselling that is embedded in nature, focusing on your own nature connection and personal experience of the natural world.  Working with specific nature-based techniques and exercises, I have developed my Eco therapy practice based on the concept that we are not separate from nature, but part of it.


Training, qualifications & experience

MA Counselling Children and Young People

BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy (University of Southampton)

Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision

Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling

International Forest Therapy Guide Diploma.

MBACP (Accred) and Registered

Further study undertaken in:

Ecotherapy training and Walk and Talk therapy.

Animal Assisted therapy.

Mermaids essential Transgender training.

Cognitive behavioural therapy.

Sand tray.

I have recently relocated to the Cowal peninsula. Where I  offer outdoor counselling sessions, and online or telephone sessions from my home office.  I was previously in private practice in Salisbury since 2009, and before that in a variety of settings in Wiltshire, Hampshire & Dorset since 2006.  I have counselled in Schools, Universities and Mental health organisations. From 2011 to 2017 I was a partner and co-founder of 'Talkabout" an organisation providing counselling to children & young people in schools within the Salisbury area.

Before becoming a counsellor I worked in the statutory and voluntary sectors. Providing one to one and group support to parents and young people also managing and co-ordinating counselling services, volunteers and training. 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I offer brief, short term and long term therapy.
I am happy to discuss with counselling students sessions to meet their course requirements.

Fees

£50.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health

Additional information

Counselling
£50 per 1 hour


Supervision
£50 per 1 hour
£75 per 1.5 hrs


I have a limited amount of concessions available, please contact me to discuss this further.

Cancellations giving less than 24 hours notice before appointment will be charged for.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Tuesday to Thursday 8am-6pm

Further information

I hold full professional liability insurance and have an enhanced DBS disclosure.

Dunoon, Argyll and Bute, PA23

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

My experience and background enable me to provide a professional, safe and ethical space for your supervision needs.

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