I am an Accredited BACP counsellor/psychotherapist and have worked with people from all backgrounds, individuals, couples, families, young people and older people for over 25 years.
My approach is holistic and mindfulness-based - being interested in the whole person, body, mind and spirit - and person-centred. I have found that a mindfulness-based way of working with difficulties is very helpful and this has become the foundation of the way I work with clients and the way I myself live. Mindfulness is about responding with relaxed awareness to whatever is going on in the present, with an attitude of friendly acceptance and interest. Instead of struggling with problems we can begin to simply 'be' with them. In trusting the process, and listening deeply to whatever is experienced, with an open mind and without judgement, greater awareness, clarity and healing can arise. The way forward that is right for each person then tends to unfold naturally. Simple meditation and relaxation approaches can be learned which help to bring balance and peace of mind into daily living.
I also use a Focusing approach in my work. This is based on the work of Eugene Gendlin and uses a connection with a person's own Felt Sense of their experience as a starting point to explore what comes up from there when awareness is focused on that.
In counselling and psychotherapy there is space and uninterrupted time in which you can talk about whatever is important to you and find solutions that are right for you. You can be sure that whatever you talk about will be listened to in confidence and with respect.
I have taught Mindfulness 8 week courses to groups both for the public and for staff at St Michael's Hospice. I also offer the Mindfulness 8 week course on an individual basis. More details of Mindfulness training are on my website.
Apart from being a counsellor, couples counsellor, mindfulness teacher and craniosacral therapist, I enjoy gardening and growing (and cooking with) our own fruit and vegetables, being a mum and a granny, watching films, walking, reading and meditating.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy since 2000.
I trained on the Post-graduate Course for teaching Mindfulness at Bangor University and received a Post-graduate Diploma in Mindfulness-Based Approaches from the University of Wales in 2010.
I originally trained as a relationship counsellor with Scottish Marriage Counselling Service and Relate and have done specialist trainings in Trauma Resolution, Focusing, Whole Body Focusing and a Foundation Course in Core Process Psychotherapy.
I am also a Registered Craniosacral Therapist (CSTA) and graduated from the Karuna Institute in 1996. It is possible to combine counselling and craniosacral therapy as an integrated bodymind approach if this feels right.
I have a BA Hons degree in Sociology (University of London). After graduating I was a primary school teacher, then a mum at home with my young children, doing voluntary work with the CAB. I spent eight years home-educating my two teenage children in the Scottish Borders and then worked as a support worker for people with mental health problems living in the community, for the Scottish Association of Mental Health.
I gained a Social Work Diploma from the University of Edinburgh and worked as a social worker with children and families for four years, working part-time as a voluntary couple counsellor for SCMS. I decided that I wanted to become a full-time therapist and, after moving to Herefordshire, began to work for Herefordshire Relate and as an associate counsellor for several employment assistance programmes. My work is now entirely self-employed and based at my home or online.
Registered / Accredited
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Focusing and Whole Body Focusing
Body/mind approach (using Counselling in conjunction with Craniosacral Therapy when this is wanted)
Body dysmorphic disorder
Teenagers and young adults
I charge £45 for individual one hour sessions, £50 for couples and £40 for young people under 18.
I am willing to negotiate concessions for people who are on benefits or very low incomes.
I will be working in the centre of Hereford once face-to-face counselling is possible again.
Work days are Tuesday and Wednesday, generally during school-term times. I mostly work from 10 am to 6 pm and there are a limited number of evening appointments.
The first session is a chance for us to meet and share information. There is no commitment to continue with counselling until you decide, after you have had this session, whether it feels right for you. If you decide to continue, I generally suggest that we agree to have a series of sessions (usually 6) to begin with. We would review how this was going towards the end of that time and could then discuss a longer-term arrangement if it seemed helpful for you.