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Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Supervisor

About me

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I am a Senior Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I have had my private practice since 2003 where I have supported adults and anyone over 16 for over 20 years.

I see clients face to face, on one to one basis, in my discreet and comfortable room as well as online or on the telephone; however you prefer and whatever is more convenient.

You may refer yourself directly to see me, though I also receive referrals from many insurance companies, private medical health companies, employment agencies and various other organisations.

My counselling practice is in the centre of Durham.  This is very convenient as there is parking nearby and I am walking distance from the station and many of the University Colleges.

My work with clients is confidential and I work according to the code and ethics of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).  As a member for over 20 years in the BACP I am bound by its ethical framework for good practise in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the professional conduct procedure therein.

Training, qualifications & experience

In April 2015 I gained my Senior Accreditation qualification having now worked with clients for over 16 years.
I trained at the University of East London and have a Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Integrative).
I am a BACP Accredited counsellor.
I have also trained as a Couples Counsellor.
I was trained in four different theoretical models and approaches, which enables me to work with your unique and individual needs. I work therapeutically in a humanistic way which ensures my work is devoid of any religious influences or pre-disposed beliefs.
I have worked with victims of crime, abuse, rape and sexual assault and domestic violence.

In 2010 I obtained further qualifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to an advanced level.

In 2015 I gained further qualifications in Mindfulness, through the British Institute of Mindfulness  and previously I gained further training in Sleep Issues and Insomnia which can be integrated into your personal therapy.

I qualified as a Supervisor in 2008 to Diploma level and regularly support other counsellors in their work with their clients.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Counselling can be as much about your own personal development as well as dealing with those unconscious issues that may plague you.
Through counselling I will help support you over your hurdles to obtain a better quality of life and peace of mind.
I can help you working through any sleep issues and concerns you may have and I can also use Mindfulness based techniques if these would seem helpful.
We can explore many ways to help you cope better with life in general.

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Fees

From £50.00 to £55.00

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Axa Health
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva

Additional information

I charge £50- £55 for a 1-1 session which lasts for 50 minutes.
I am also registered with many employee assistance programmes so it is worth checking with your company if they offer this confidential service. 


When I work

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Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday to Thursday, daytime and evening appointments either face to face in Durham or you can have your sessions online with me.

Further information

I can help you deal with anxiety and panic, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, panic attacks, bereavement, anger management, eating disorders, relationship problems, post-addiction, post-traumatic stress, and mild forms of depression.
Having further training and qualifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) enables me to work with further skills in aiding your professional development as well as dealing with problems that are occurring and getting in the way of your day to day life and relationships. Though I mainly work using integrative models to ensure the therapy supports your individual needs.
I am very happy to speak with you in advance during a short telephone call if you would like further information or to ask more questions.
June 2016 - I have more recently undertaking further training in the field of Mindfulness, so I can help you if you would like to gain more focus, relaxation or just de-stress.  I am also competent in dealing with issues around sleep and insomnia.

Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3ET

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Skype
VSee
Whatsapp

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

Having obtained a Diploma in Integrative Supervision in 2008, I offer professional supervision to all counsellors in accordance with BACP code of ethics.

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