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MBACP (Accred) ,Dip Integrative Counselling

About me

Hello, are you suffering with anxiety, low self esteem or confidence issues? Or maybe you are struggling in a relationship or have suffered a loss. If you are wondering if counselling can help, let me tell you a little bit about what it will involve for you. I will provide you with a safe, confidential space to tell me about what may be troubling you and for you to feel confident that someone is listening without judgement. You may wonder how this is different from talking to a friend or relative. Whilst it is always important to have the support of family and friends, it can sometimes be helpful to have an impartial listener to help you unravel difficult situations and to have the time and space to say exactly how you feel. Together, we can look at ways to make changes to your life and move you forward through your difficulties. I have experience in anxiety, worry, anger, low self esteem, relationships,(including couple's counselling), bereavement and many other issues. I have trained integratively, which means I can offer a range of therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. You can be confident that what I offer will be individual to you. I welcome any enquiries either by telephone or email. Your call will be dealt with sensitively and confidentially so do not be frightened to make that first move. Counselling really can help.

I deliver long and short term therapy and offer a range of approaches depending on my client's needs. I have a private practice operating from my home and have a range of experience working with individual adults, couples and teenagers from 16 years of age. I also offer online sessions for those who prefer this as an option.

Qualifications:
* Accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
* I hold a BACP accredited diploma in Integrative Counselling
* I have achieved BACP Accredited status, which means my practise has been assessed by a     professional body and has been deemed to have met the standard for a competent, ethical and   independent practitioner.
* I am on the register of counsellors with the BACP.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a BACP accredited diploma in Integrative Counselling and have delivered over 2000 hours of counselling to individuals and couples. I am an accredited and registered member of the BACP.

I have attended trainings in couple's therapy, an introduction to supervision and child protection.

I hold a certificate in Sand Tray therapy

I have attended seminars in bereavement, attachment and child development and also lectures given by Patrick Casement and Irvin Yalom, both eminent psychologists.

I am committed to attending regular training in order to continue to develop professionally.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Individual face to face sessions  £40 per session (each session 50 mins in duration)

Online individual sessions £35 for 50 minutes


Couples (face to face) £50 (each session 60 minutes in duration)
Students and student counsellors £30 per session (50 minutes in duration)


I realise that counselling can be expensive and therefore my fees can be negotiated if you are unable to meet the full price, depending on your circumstances.

When I work

Weekdays Monday to Friday

Further information

I run a private practice from my home in St Osyth near Clacton-on-Sea which offers a calm and restful setting in a designated counselling room. There is ample on-site parking.

Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO16

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom

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