As an experienced, qualified counsellor, I can provide a safe, supportive and non-judgemental place for you to talk about whatever is troubling you. I will help you to think it through and process it. Talking through difficult, confusing issues can bring an immediate sense of relief, and has the potential to bring significant change. I am also a qualified EMDR therapist. EMDR is recommended in the NICE guidelines as an effective treatment for trauma.
Background and experience
My background is in education, and I have taught in schools and in higher education. As my teaching career progressed, I became more and more involved in pastoral care, which led me to train as a counsellor.
I have worked in a variety of counselling contexts -- with adults and teenagers in a GP surgery; in a centre to which GPs referred their patients, and in private practice. I have worked as a counsellor in two young people's counselling centres, managing the service in one of the centres. I have worked with young adults in a college of higher education.
I am currently a school counsellor in a secondary school two days a week, and I see adults, young people, and young adults privately. I am also qualified to supervise the work of other counsellors.
My adult clients come with a wide range of issues, including bereavement, anxiety, depression, work-related stress, relationship difficulties, problems with anger, recovery from abusive relationships, ... the list goes on. However, you don't have to have a specific problem to ask for help. Many of us have developed strategies for coping with life that worked for a while, but now they cause difficulties, and we don't seem to able to change things on our own. I have an increasing number of older clients, in their 70s, who want to work on issues that have troubled them for many years.
As a teenager, you face many challenges. School, college or university may be causing anxiety. Counselling can really help you to cope with the pressure. Or you may have difficulties in relationships with parents or friends. Issues of gender, sexuality and sexual orientation may be a concern. I am an LGBT affirmative therapist. Maybe you have very negative feelings about yourself and how you look. Social media may be causing you problems. You may feel very distressed, and unable to talk to anyone about how you feel. Some young people become very angry, and, at times, aggressive. Others withdraw, and find it difficult to go out and find friends. School is a pressure, and deciding what to do after school is frightening. Having a trusted counsellor to talk to means that you don't have to cope with all of this on your own. Your confidentiality will be respected -- your parents do not need to know what you talk about in sessions.
As a young adult, you face daunting challenges as you begin to live independently, develop your career, form longer term relationships, and then begin to bring up children. To complicate your already complex life, you may feel held back by difficult experiences or relationships in the past as well as the present. Some young adults are devastated to find that their parents' marriages, are breaking up, and everything is changing. In the current economic climate, many are finding it difficult to find work, even after completing a qualification. Having to live at home again may feel like failure. You don't have to cope with all of this on your own. Counselling really does help.
Whatever age you are, having someone you can talk to about anything that troubles you, and feel confident that you are heard, understood and accepted, is genuinely life changing.
When you contact me ...
... I will suggest that we meet for an initial session. In that session, you can tell me what is troubling you and ask any questions you want to. I will explain how I work. At the end of the session you can decide whether you want to continue to see me. If you do, we will arrange future sessions. There is no obligation to continue seeing me after the initial session.
I work in a comfortable counselling room, very close to St. Albans City Station and Bus Station. There is free parking available nearby, good disabled access and toilet facilities.
You may still have questions – I certainly can’t answer them all in this profile! If you do, please feel free to ring or email me and I will do my best to answer.
You may be interested in comments made by some of my previous clients:
- I was very sceptical about having any counselling, but I have found it very useful in helping me to understand myself and my problems.
- You are the first person that has actually listened to me and as a result I am finally getting the help that I have probably been seeking for my whole life.
- I have found our interactions extremely productive and positive
- You have helped me transform myself, helped me with all my problems, and, most importantly, helped me find happiness in my life again.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (University of Hertfordshire)
Certificate in Integrative Supervision (Metanoia)
Post Qualifying Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Certificate in Counselling Skills and Attitudes (WPF)
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
My fee is £60 per session. Some concessionary rates are available. Each session is 50 minutes long. Sessions are normally at the same time on the same day each week.
I am a BUPA registered provider.
Due to the coronavirus crisis, all counselling sessions will be by phone or video call from 23rd March 2020. Daytime and evening sessions are available.