Update 15th February 2021:
As an independent practitioner seeing clients face to face I was lucky enough to be offered a vaccine for Covid19, which I got yesterday.
A few weeks before I get the first level of immunity, but really pleased to have made that start.
And my second appointment has already been booked for early May.
Well done and thank you to all involved.
I am happy to chat on the phone or communicate by email and am aware that this challenge can add to the anxiety you may have already been experiencing.
I offer a safe, confidential space, for individuals and couples, to talk through difficulties and challenges that may feel overwhelming. Together we can explore how these may have come about and look at the options.
You may have a relationship issue or stress at work. You may have had a bereavement or are just feeling isolated and alone. You may be feeling depressed and anxious or you may be struggling with an addiction or another coping disorder.
I am a qualified counsellor and adhere to a professional code of ethics. I am non judgemental and supportive and will try to understand you and your situation, enabling you to get a clearer picture of the way forward.
It can feel scary and uncomfortable but with support from someone neutral and outside your normal world, it can be a relief just to talk and can be surprisingly enlightening.
I work from a quiet village location, which has good parking and is wheelchair accessible.
I offer short or long term therapy for individual and couples
Update January 2021:
Covid-19 update January 2021 - I have moved my practice to my sitting room, which is twice the size of my consulting room and allows us to sit at a greater distance from each other; keeping us both/all as safe as possible in face to face sessions.
I do also continue to see clients online or do sessions by telephone.
I'm here to help you feel as safe as possible, whilst still able to access the help you need.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BACP accredited professional qualification in Psychodynamic Counselling.
I have experience in counselling for a drugs and alcohol agency, a general counselling charity and a further education college.
Having worked for an agency delivering an NHS service under the IAPT scheme and seen GP referral clients ranging from 13 to 90, I have a considerable experience working with clients with a wide range of issues in both short and longer term therapy.
I have attended extensive further training courses including working with couples, psychosexual, beyond the dyad, sexual healing, abuse, depression and mourning, problems before and after bereavement, compulsive eating, relationships ending, working with trauma, body language and symbolism, love & hate, working with anger, dissociation, mindfulness, female sexuality, post traumatic stress, shame and OCD.
I've also had some training in IPT (Interpersonal Psychotherapy).
My experiences personally, in and out of the home, before becoming a counsellor add to my empathy and understanding.
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
Please feel free to call me for an initial chat.
£60 per session for an individual and £80 for a couple.
£70 for sessions after 5pm for an individual and £90 for a couple.
I am fully insured and have an enhanced DBS (Data and Barring Service). I attend monthly supervision and maintain my continuous professional development.