COUNSELLOR, THERAPIST and CLINICAL SUPERVISOR
A Professional and Confidential Service for personal and relationship issues. 25 years experience. Fully insured and Accredited. * An Introductory session is available. See details below.
ZOOM, SKYPE, FUZE and TELEPHONE COUNSELLING
I can offer most clients remote therapy through online video and telephone sessions using Skype, Fuze, Zoom, etc. Please enquire.
Low cost therapy for counsellors in training.
Clinical Supervision for Counsellors
Personal Development Training for Counsellors in Academic Training (Diploma or Masters Level).
Counselling and Specialism in Treating Trauma and Phobic Anxiety.
If you are........
* Feeling depressed, anxious, stressed or worried
* Suffering from panic attacks, anxiety, a traumatic experience or phobia
* Needing some help with anger management
* Struggling with an addiction or obsessive compulsive behaviour (OCD)
* Going through a crisis, bereavement, redundancy or illness and needing support
* Having to face a loss, separation or divorce and needing some help with relationship counselling
* Suffering from the effects of physical, emotional or psychosexual abuse
* Wanting to work on your personal growth
* Wanting to talk to a counsellor about other issues in confidence
...............I may be able to help you
If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, bereavement, low self-esteem, relationship issues, psychosexual issues or abuse - to mention just a few - then please feel free and in confidence to contact me for an appointment or a preliminary talk through your needs.
Some Background Information about Counselling
People come to me with a wide range of personal or relationship problems or issues. Sometimes the reason for these difficulties seem fairly clear and they know how to resolve them. At other times, the issues may be difficult to understand and they can find no answer from within themselves, or those close to them.
How Counselling Can Help
Talking to a counsellor can provide just the help you need to work through personal difficulties and find solutions to issues, sometimes of a very sensitive or long-standing nature.
As a counsellor, I am trained to listen and able to help you explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviours in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental way. Counselling does not claim to be the answer to all human difficulties, but it can help you to find your own fresh understanding or solutions to life issues, whilst offering support. In this way, and with my help, counselling assists you to move towards more effective ways of coping, and so enabling you to have more control in your life.
A member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP (Accred) UKRCP. I subscribe to the BACP ‘Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy’ and registered on the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. An accredited counsellor and psychotherapist with The National Counselling Society MNCS (Accred).
* A Free Introductory Telephone Session is available by arrangement only - please contact me for further details on 07979864000. This provides an opportunity to see if counselling may be of help to you, prior to attending an assessment.
Training, qualifications & experience
Counselling Approach and Experience:
Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytical
I integrate models of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT); Transactional Analysis (TA) in with my therapeutic approach and practice.
Training and qualifications in:
Certificates and Diploma in Counselling with the Faversham Counselling Service (1991 - 1996) and The Tunbridge Wells Counselling Centre 1997-8. (WPF Training Centres)
PostGraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy (PGDip) with (KIMHS), Kent Institute for Medicine and Health Sciences, at Kent University. 1997-99.
Masters degree in Psychotherapy (MA) with (KIMHS), Kent Institute for Medicine and Health Sciences, at Kent University. 1999-2001.
HypnoPsychotherapy training with The National College of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists (1996-7).
Diploma level Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Training with Faversham Counselling Service and FCS Talking Therapies in 1999-2001; 2010-2013. Supplemented CBT training at (KIMHS) Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences in 2002.
Solution-Focused training at Faversham Counselling Service between 2005 and 2008.
Couples Counselling (Tunbridge Wells Counselling Centre) in 2002.
Transactional Analysis, with Training South East England, having completed foundational 101 training with KIMHS, at the University of Kent. (2003)
IAPT training in Step 2 and Step 3 Assessments and Treatment (including triage) with Faversham Counselling Service 2012-2015.
Clinical Supervisor Training and Diploma (Faversham Counselling Service) 2013
FCS Talking Therapies
Supervisor for general practice and NHS IAPT Clinical Casework (2013-17).
I have been working as a professional counsellor and therapist for over 25 years. During this time I have been working in a busy Counselling Service in Faversham, and in my own Private Practice. Currently, I am working for ICS Digital Therapies and CBT Clinics. Most of my time is spent seeing individual clients on a weekly basis, either face-to-face, by Skype or Telephone counselling. However, more frequently now I am working with couples, students in counsellor training.
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
I have extensive experience of working within an NHS IAPT psychological therapy service and for four years worked as Clinical Director and a High Intensity Step 3 therapist.
What is IAPT - Improving Access to Psychological Therapies?
IAPT is a new government programme to improve access to talking therapies. Talking therapy can be used as an alternative or in addition to your medication, which your GP might provide for mild to moderate mental health problems. IAPT was developed as a model to deliver National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended treatments and therapies.
IAPT services are designed to offer a level of support that gets the best results and helps people to help themselves, supporting them to get back to enjoying life and engaging with work or daily activities. People’s experiences of anxiety and depression often differ and therefore various levels of support may be needed. Getting help early is a key factor in enabling people to maintain their lifestyle and hold on to their job.
The new service will operate a range of treatment programmes offered by trained staff with many years experience working in the field of primary care - more detail is available as you browse this site.
In addition to the services described above, a computerised cognitive behavioural therapy service (cCBT) is also available. People with milder levels of depression or anxiety may find it very helpful. This is an alternative to a one-to-one session with a therapist and is included under guided-self help.
Key aims are to:
Offer improved, effective and timely access to treatment
Include a reduction in symptoms, relief of symptoms for those suffering with anxiety, depression and other common mental health problems.
Help those with mild to moderate, moderate to severe depression and anxiety to retain employment, return to work or other meaningful activity.
Currently, the initial assessment and ongoing counselling for individuals is £40.00 (forty pounds) per 50 minute session; for couples the cost is also £45.00 (forty five pounds) per 50 minute session. Payment for the assessment session will be asked for in advance via BACS or cheque, or as arranged at the the time of the enquiry.
Counsellors requiring Supervision
I have availability at present to take on new supervises and negotiate a fee
Counselling in training
I currently offer a reduced fee of £25.00 for counsellors working through academic qualifications and requiring training therapy
For students in training, and those on low or no incomes, who would find the full cost of counselling too prohibitive, I offer an affordable counselling scheme. Fees for helping those applying for affordable counselling can be discussed at the initial counselling enquiry or assessment.
Appointments can be made: Monday to Friday 8.00am to 6.00pm Evening appointments available: 6.00pm to 9.00pm. Appointments available on Saturday and Sunday by arrangement.
I have some experience in the areas of sexual and psychological abuse.
I have a great deal of experience in NHS IAPT Psychological Therapies
Steps 2, 3 and 3a.