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MBACP (Accred)

About me

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

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.

UKRCP

United Kingdom Register of Counsellors / Psychotherapists (UKRCP) (UKRCP)

The UKRCP is a voluntary register of Counsellors / Psychotherapists held by BACP. A condition of registration is accreditation with either BACP, COSCA, UKAHPP or FDAP.

Registered practitioners are entitled to be known as a UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor / Psychotherapist.

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

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.

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£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.

When I work

Evening and Saturday morning slots available as well as week days.

Further information

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.

45 Girons Close, Hitchin, Herts, SG4 9PG

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Microsoft Spaces
Whatsapp
Zoom

Supervision

In person

I offer clinical supervision to Counsellors, trainee Counsellors and other practitioners working in the helping professions.

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