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Golden Leaf Counselling - Making Life Changes...online world wide (in person: Cromer area but including Sheringham, Holt, Norwich and Aylsham)
Mature and Experienced Counsellor available: Stress, Anxiety or depression? low self esteem or anger problems...? relationship or couples issues? a bereavement or loss of some kind to deal with (including divorce, separation, dementia)?
NB Face to face work , telephone, facetime/skype/zoom - occasional walking sessions:
Anything that you feel is holding you back in your life will benefit from the help of a sympathetic and listening ear.
I have over 20 years experience in the counselling world, teaching and listening, and plenty of varied life experience, (living in various locations) to help you understand yours better. Gentle challenge will also help you explore how you can be more empowered in your own situation.
Counselling is about looking at other options to life's problems, with someone outside your usual family and friends network. This helps because the counsellor does not have anything to do with your existing relationships and so can offer a more neutral perspective.
Golden Leaf offers an integrative service, (drawing upon CBT and Gestalt techniques within a Person Centred base). An additional specialism is in working with addictions and dependencies such as alcohol problems, which are often linked to how you feel about yourself in general and to your relationships.
Couples Counselling: I have over 60 hours of training over 6 years and a Certificate Accredited by ISPC (2019), plus 15 years experience
I am also a "Male Friendly" Counsellor, with expertise in Male Identity Issues.
If you are a trainee counsellor needing therapy hours, or a counsellor requiring supervision these are also options - please look at my website or get in touch for further details.
Training, qualifications & experience
In practice for 20+ years
MA Master of Arts Integrative Counselling (York St John 2008)
PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education 2010)
FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2011)
Associate Lecturer NSPC: New School of Counselling and Psychotherapy, London 2016-present
Couples Training: 60 hours, (2013- 2016) Accredited Certificate issued by ISPC (2019)
Addictions and Dependencies, short term solution focussed or longer work available
Foundation Certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy
Male Friendly Female Counsellor, (have presented regularly at the Male Psychology Conference in London)
Research Interests: Male identity issues: male/female identity and interaction
Accredited Psychologically Informed Mediator (2021)
As a member of the BACP I abide by their code of ethics, and follow safeguarding procedures by being accountable to my own supervisor.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Trained in Couples work, Substance Misuse work, Gestalt therapy, Existential approach, Relationship Difficulties, Men's issues
Specific work for people coming from a faith basis (spiritual issues)
Men's Issues ( I have contributed a chapter to the Palgrave Handbook of Male Psychology and Mental Health, 2019
Help for people from Ethnic Minority groups (I have lived and worked abroad)
Research Interests: Gender Identity issues (undertaking further study on this)
Dementia: Level 3 certificate in Dementia Awareness
£55.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Individual Counselling (Private): Waged: £60 first session
Single sessions: £55
Discounts available for sessions booked in a block of 3 after Assessment Session.
(Also: If on low income supported by benefits, please let me know - evidence may qualify for reduction)
Couples: £80 first session -£75 thereafter
Supervision: (Private) £65 for students; £75 for qualified counsellors, concessions may be available if you work for free yourself as a counsellor
Therapy for Trainee Counsellors: £50 per hour
When I work
I sometimes have a waiting list so please ask when you make your initial enquiry.
Monday to Wednesday, 9.00-5.00, and 7.00 to 9.15 pm
Occasional Thursday sessions available
Workshops for your ongoing CPD as a counsellor can be arranged: please ask for further details
I also run a regular CPD Workshop on different topics for counsellors in Norwich 4 times a year Anteros Arts, Fye Bridge Street, Norwich 10.00 - 1.30 pm. Cost £45. CPD certificate issued.