It's sometimes a shock when stressful life events happen and trigger our emotions like anxiety, depression, anger and low self-esteem. At other times, we know that any or all of these feelings are 'just there' and we don't know why, except we feel different, lonely and apart from everyone else. Often, the worst moments are turning points, although they don't always feel that way at the time.
I can help you to feel safe, so you can share your worries, pick your way through what's going on in your life and relationships and rediscover your spirits, qualities you might have lost like optimism or confidence.
Sessions are generally on the same day and at the same time each week and last a full hour. Between us we would negotiate and agree this at the outset and I am committed to us jointly reviewing our work regularly to make sure it meets your needs. I offer a written contract in the first session which outlines my working practices and a GDPR statement. Being transparent and honest like this means you know exactly what to expect and I hope it helps you feel safe and reassured, confident that I work ethically with your best interests at heart and in mind.
In our sessions you might want to talk about your present and past and get what you have been carrying around off your chest while I listen and try to understand what you are going through. I can help you find insight and understanding and make your life lighter and easier to live.
Other times, if you want to share something differently, we can get creative with art materials, or explore dreams or use visualisations and meditations if it feels right for you. I trained as a 'transpersonal' therapist, which means I appreciate that there are many levels in our daily lives. Some are so deep we don't always acknowledge them, but they can really help us move forward and become more truly ourselves.
At the centre of our work will always be my deepest respect for your own natural resources, unique to each individual, which given time and space can be found again and can help you to cope successfully with whatever life throws at you.
I specialise in working 1:1 with adults (18 and over).
My practice is in Abbots Langley, within easy reach of Watford, Hemel Hempstead and St. Albans.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Center for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education - UKCP/BACP accredited course)
Counselling for Depression (Colchester Institute - National Institute of Clinical Excellence recommended course)
I trained in and use creative resources like art materials which can help when words just aren't enough.
I am an affiliate of a number of Employee Assistance Programmes, helping staff deal with emotional problems and find ways of improving their working lives.
I have worked in a residential centre for people who have attempted or considered suicide and for an organisation with clients who have been diagnosed with psychiatric mental health difficulties.
Under contract to GP surgeries in West Hertfordshire, I have provided general counselling to a wide mix of people in emotional distress.
I worked for the bereavement charity Cruse for many years and have particular experience with complex loss (for example suicide, sudden adult death syndrome, violent death and end-of-life living) and also the challenges faced by anyone who cares for a family member or friend who is physically or psychologically in need of support.
I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) which means that my initial training was lengthy and in-depth, requiring long-term personal therapy and work experience in a variety of training placements, including psychiatric settings.
I am a UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist which means that after I finished my initial training I undertook and passed an additional formal process to enhance my professional standing and become an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
I abide by the codes of ethics of both UKCP and BACP.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
EAP (Employee Assistant Programmes)
Long-term and terminal illness
Concessions offered for
Sessions last a full hour (60 minutes)
I offer evening appointments Mondays-Thursdays and Saturday mornings. Sessions last a full hour.
I hold a current enhanced CRB check, automatically renewed every year.
I am fully insured.
I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office.
I will try to reply to your phone call or e-mail on the same day I receive it - however this might not always be possible as I may be with other clients but I will do so as soon as practical between 9AM and 9PM Mondays to Thursdays and 9AM to 5PM Fridays (except bank holidays).