I have nearly fifteen years experience of helping people to manage their situations in a more satisfactory way and recognise that most people do their best to cope with unsatisfactory relationships or problems, but sometimes it can be really helpful to share them with someone else: someone who may be able to encourage you to come up with some more creative solutions. After all, if you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got.
If what you're doing isn't working . . . try something else!
During an initial meeting with me, we can look together at what you think isn't working well for you at the moment, and, most importantly, how you'd prefer things to be. While being realistic to the fact that there are some things that are outside of your control, we can also acknowledge where you do have the power and resources to make changes. It's a basic truth that we can control some things, influence others, and at times, have neither control or influence over our circumstances. It can be helpful to have an idea about what is it that you would like to gain from working with me, although I fully appreciate that sometimes it’s not easy to it sum up, or even explain what you want. You may not be clear on that when you first arrive, but that's ok, hopefully, during the work, new and fresh ideas will emerge giving greater clarity for us both. Sometimes we just know that life’s in a bit of a mess and we don’t know what needs to be done to make it better until we start having a look. It’s a bit like clearing out an untidy drawer or cupboard. We know it needs sorting out but we’re not entirely sure what we'll find or what to do with it. The end result though, is usually a sense of achievement or relief, and having gained some control.
This may involve:
1) Looking at how your past may be impacting on your current situation
2) Considering what behaviours and beliefs about yourself are worth holding onto and what may need challenging (what do we put back in the drawer because it’s still useful or consider throwing out because it’s not, and perhaps was never useful).
3) Reconciling the two in order to gain a way of life that will give a more satisfying and productive future for you
I offer 60 minute sessions of counselling in a safe and private environment where I hope that you will feel free to fully explore the things that aren't working for you at the moment. As a result, you may be able to identify some answers, try some new ways of doing things, or make some important decisions.
If you have any questions that you'd like answered about the way that I work, please don't hesitate to call or email me using the contact details listed.
I am a registered and accredited member of BACP.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Supervision CPCAB
PG Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative) UWN
I have been involved with a counselling agency in the centre of Newport for a number of years working with people who bring a wide range of problems and difficulties. Some examples include: bereavement, depression, low self esteem, anxiety and stress, relationship issues - as couple counselling or as a difficulty with another relationship, termination of pregnancy. There are many reasons why people seek out counselling, so of course, this is just a brief snapshot of some of the more frequent issues that arose.
Before running my own private practice in Newport, I also worked therapeutically with children and families affected by visual impairment and other special needs within educational settings.
As a counsellor I work with individuals and couples.
I've continued to train and develop my work and also offer myself as a supervisor for other therapists too.
I have professional insurance to cover my practice.
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
Some people find that they want to look at the difficulties that they face in the light of their spiritual beliefs and I am happy to help you explore that part of yourself, if it's significant for you. Your sense of spirituality may be very important to you, and having it acknowledged during therapy, therefore, may be equally important.
Individuals: £45 per session - 60 minutes
Couples: £60 per session - 60 minutes
Concessions are available for students