I understand that contacting a counsellor can be a huge step for anyone to take. I provide a warm, safe, non-judgemental, non-pressurised environment for you to talk about any thoughts and feelings, fears or worries which you would like to. This environment, together with the client counsellor relationship can gradually allow relief from your pain and can help uncover real solutions to worries.
Counselling is a special kind of healing relationship that can be life changing.
My core training is in person-centred counselling but I am also trained in solution focused brief therapy and integrative work, allowing me to draw on the most appropriate therapy to help you at a particular time. Person-centred counselling principally involves me offering you three core conditions which are empathy, congruence (being real) and unconditional positive regard - no matter what issue is presented; these core conditions provide the basis on which healing can take place.
Solution focused brief therapy explores your current resources and hopes, as well as your strengths and possibilities for the future. It helps you to move forwards and to overcome issues without necessarily tackling them directly and helps you set clear, concise and realistic goals.
Each session lasts for 50 minutes and takes place at the same time and place each week. The first session is an assessment where I tell you a little bit about how I work and about the counselling process and you tell me as much as you feel comfortable with about yourself. There is no obligation to continue after the first session, but if you would like to attend more sessions, then we will form a contract agreeing the time, day and number of sessions we shall meet (I offer between six and eight sessions). This may be revised by mutual agreement.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and am a Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP). I work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Profession
I have practised as a counsellor since 2007, working with individuals of different ages, backgrounds, cultures and religions.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£55 per fifty minute session
Concessions offered for
Two concessions appointments are offered weekly at £45 and are subject to availability.