Are you considering counselling or life coaching but are unsure which is right for you? I provide both these services in an integrated and flexible way to help you face a wide range of life's difficulties and challenges.
My practice is based on mutual respect, acceptance, trust, genuineness, empathic understanding and compassion. Working together in this joint undertaking to uncover your hidden healing resources through talking with me, my being with you, on your side, seeking clarity and shared understanding of your life and how you got here.
If I believe I have some knowledge or view that may be useful to you, I will offer it, as well as my understanding of the problems people face in life. I will not leave you floundering, trying to discover something I have an understanding of.
My approach has an Integrative foundation but other views also inform my practice including Person-Centred Counselling, Existential Psychotherapy and Mindfulness.
In addition to my private practice, I have worked at Thames Hospice in Windsor providing bereavement and end of life counselling (11 years) and at Royal Holloway University in Egham providing student counselling (3 years). I provide external counselling support to the employees of a local college and services to private healthcare providers. My previous employment background is as a senior manager with British Telecom. I have also been a professional photographer and am currently also a mindfulness teacher.
As a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) I adhere to their Ethical Framework and Code of Conduct with a high level of professionalism.
I offer UK wide counselling and coaching via Zoom/Facetime teleconferencing and via telephone.
Training, qualifications & experience
Counselling since 2004 and coaching since 2006. A BACP Registered Member on the BACP Accredited Voluntary Register (No 050726) with the following qualifications and training:
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (BACP accredited), at Thames Valley University (Masters Programme level 7)
Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling at East Berks College / Bucks & Chilterns University College (level 4)
BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Computing at the Open University (level 6)
Coaching training at BT
Additional training includes:
Bereavement and grief counselling
Solution focused counselling
Presentation and negotiation skills
Guilt and shame
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
Work life balance
Career change and job satisfaction
Stress management and reduction
Life skills or social skills
Decision making and motivation
Personal development, growth and self awareness
Low self worth
Life changing events
Loss of meaning or purpose in life
Counselling and Life Coaching services are delivered on a one to one basis via teleconferencing (Zoom & Facetime) or via telephone.
Sessions usually last 60 minutes and the fee is £50 payable by timely bank transfer.
The first session aims to understand more about the issue or difficulty you would like to address and how we might work together to seek change. I also explain more about the commitments we would both make to the therapeutic process. Most of the first session is actually experiencing working with me as your therapist. The fee for the first session is also £50.
Missed sessions or late cancellations (less than 24 hours notice) are charged at £25.
Tuesday to Thursday between 8am and 4pm (no evening or weekend appointments). Meeting via Zoom or Facetime teleconferencing and telephone.
Counselling sessions are normally held weekly, but not necessarily on the same day at the same time, and we would book from week to week. Further details are explained in the initial session.
In time, session frequency often moves to every 2 or 3 weeks and when we have finished our work together, many clients like to return on an adhoc basis, as and when they feel the need.
Counselling can be long term depending the issues that are uncovered and how deeply embedded they are in your life. But counselling can also be relatively short term too. Until we start to explore and uncover the issues that are affecting your life, it is difficult to predict.