Are you unhappy with your relationship? Do you feel anxious or angry? Couple counselling can help you to explore the issues between you and put you back on track to happiness. I am a Relate Registered counsellor and Registered BACP member with over 30 years experience and would be pleased to help. Do get in touch.
Individual and Couple counselling
Are you at a crossroad in your life or under stress?
I use a psychodynamic approach and apply several theories to promote healthy couple relationships and positive personal development.
I develop a therapeutic relationship with clients, in which they feel safe to explore the issues that are of concern, using various theories and interventions to help people achieve positive and lasting solutions.
During my 28 year working with Relate and in my private practice, I have helped hundreds of people to find solutions to long term problems, coping with urgent emotional issues and developing skills needed to successfully manage their lives.
Have you or your partner had an affair and one of you is feeling betrayed and anxious? Whereas, affairs do indicate that there are problems in your relationship, this does not necessarily have to lead to the end of the relationship. It may be a cry for help. Let me help you discover what the real issues are and how to resolve them.
Group counselling for couples
I am aware that in the challenging economic times, many people who feel that they need counselling are forgoing it because of the cost. So I am offering group counselling, where two or three couples can be counselled as a group thus reducing the cost to each couple.
How does Group counselling for couple differ from a couple being counselled alone?
Each person shares their feelings and concerns not only with their partner and the counsellor but also with the other couple or couples. Therefore the confidentiality boundaries need to be very clearly agreed between the parties.
The counsellor will make it possible for all parties to speak and be heard and share their individual issues and also to identify their common issues. The group experience means that people can also help each other with my support and guidance.
Sharing feelings with others in a similar position and learning from each other reassures people that they are not alone with their problem and that there is the opportunity to learn from each other. This improves confidence, self awareness and self esteem.
The objective is to understand and resolve the problems and take action leading to solutions.
If any couple has issues that they would rather deal with away from the group, the counsellor will arrange this.
Divorce Counselling and mediation
Have you decided that your relationship is at an end and separation or divorce is the only option? This can be a highly emotional and stressful period in one’s life. I can help you achieve an amicable divorce by addressing the emotional issues and help you to agree on the practical matters
Now that legal aid is no longer available to help pay for the cost of divorcing, it is even more important to settle the differences between you and agree a way forward before seeing your lawyer. This agreement will reduce the legal time needed thus reduce the legal fees.
Are you feeling depressed from a recent bereavement or suffering from other losses? I can help you explore, resolve and accept these feelings so that you can move forward with your life
Emotional problems cause much distress. Explore with me your issues of concern in a confidential setting and let me help you develop effective solutions.
Why leave the problem until it gets worse?
My practice is in Pirton and I serve people in Hitchin, Letchworth, Stevenage, Luton and surrounding areas in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.
Herts/Beds CPD – Training for Counsellors – 6 hours CPD Certificate
If your are a counsellor and are looking for ways to sharpen your skills and increasing your knowledge I run a series of workshops on various topics. Last year, I hosted a workshop on Understanding Anger and three modules on Couple Counselling which were are greatly appreciated. These were presented by qualified trainers John Dixon and Michael Stock. This year I am offering a 5-day In-depth Couple Counselling Course. This will be presented in a modular form so that any sessions which are missed can be taken later.
I shall also be facilitating several Interactive dialogue workshops which will focus on the issues brought by the participants and theories and interventions which can be used with clients to help them achieve their goals.
Each of these days counts as 6 hours CPD for which a certificate will be given and all at the very reasonable fee of £75 per day, including lunch and drinks.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered Relate Counsellor and Registered member of BACP.
Trained and worked with Relate for 30 years. Private practice for 17 years.
I am the owner of HertsBeds CPD for Counsellors and psychotherapists running CPD workshops based in Pirton nr, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 3QF.
I have a Diploma in Management and a Certificate in Strategy from the Open Business School.
During my career as Chartered Surveyor with the Valuation Office Agency, I also lectured in the law of Negligence and Human aspects of Management.
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
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
From £45.00 to £50.00
Concessions offered for
Fees for individual and Couple Counselling
£45 per hour for a single person.
£50 per hour for a couple
£50 for one and half hours
Fees for Individual supervision
£45 one and half hours
CPD workshops for Counsellors
£80 per day including lunch
CPD 3 hour workshops for up to 4 people
When I work
I Counsel during the day and some evenings. Please email or ring me to arrange an appointment.
Therapies used in my counselling
Three Stage Model - Egan
Person-centred counselling - Rogers
Transactional analysis - Berne
Behavioural therapy - Skinner
Object relations – Cashdan
Attachment and loss - Bowlby and Ainsworth
Psychosocial development stages - Erikson