I am a qualified and accredited counsellor and supervisor running a private practice in Hitchin. I work with couples and individuals and have extensive experience working with children and young people. I also offer relationship counselling,family therapy and mediation.
I believe that we all have inside us, the answers that we seek. And in discovering for yourself what you need, I believe the change is easier and longer lasting.
Starting some counselling can be for many reasons...it could be that you are currently struggling with life, due to major emotional upheaval or you could be looking to understand yourself better, to make steps towards a different future.
Whatever it is that brings you to counselling, I believe that the person-centred way of working allows the time and space for YOU to decide what it is you need.
Person-centred counselling is a ‘non-directive’ approach which provides you with an opportunity to explore your feelings and be emphatically understood without judgement in a safe relationship with your Counsellor. This ‘therapeutic’ environment is likely to help you discover your inner wisdom and make personal changes towards a more satisfying way of living and being.
My aim is to be alongside you as you discover the answers hidden inside. My hopes would be that together we can find the way to resolve the difficulties that you are facing, whatever they may be.
I work with adults, young people and children. I offer short-term or open-ended work.
I also offer relationship counselling (couples, partnerships, colleagues, family, friends and siblings...), including family therapy.
I have worked as a schools counsellor for many years and so have extensive experience of counselling children and young people.
I am am also co-founder of OPALS, an organisation running CPD for counsellors and various other workshops and courses offering support and learning to those that work with or live with children and young people.
I have also worked in the Arts world in Artist management for many years, giving me experience in understanding the emotional needs of performers.
I am an accredited member of the BACP and work within their code of ethics.
I carry professional liability insurance and have been Enhanced DBS checked
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate in Counselling Studies
Diploma in Person-centred Supervision
Certificate in Couples Counselling
FMA Family Mediator
Award in Education & 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 work with relationship issues within the family (family therapy) and in other types of relationships: work, friends etc.
Communication issues in all forms of relationships.
Adolescent issues such as peer pressure, parental difficulties, risky behaviour, promiscuity, attachment issues and self image, anger, self harm, self-esteem and confidence issues.
Parents struggling to understand their children and how to cope with those difficult adolescent years.
I am also trained as a Family Mediator for couple looking to separate/divorce.
Concessions offered for
£50- £65 per session (50 minutes)
£55 - £70 for sessions involving 2 people (60 minutes)
£60 - £80 for sessions involving more than 2 people (60 minutes)
£60 for supervision (60 minutes)
Concessions available for children/young people and students etc Please ask for details. I also offer EAP sessions.
Evening and Saturday morning slots available as well as week days.
Member of BACP (Accredited) & UKRCP
I attend workshops for continuous professional development to enable me to gain experience in many different areas to promote a fluid movement in my own learning and experience.