I am a qualified and accredited counsellor, experienced working with a wide range of issues and age groups. I aim to ensure you feel safe, accepted and heard. If you would like to find out more about how I work please get in touch.
It is my belief that mental health should be a priority in a similar way that we routinely attend to our physical health, yet I frequently hear that a barrier to gaining support is the belief that the problem experienced is not serious enough, or perhaps there is an expectation that it can be managed alone.
Having somebody to talk to can be effective at times both when things are beginning to feel overwhelming and perhaps our usual methods of coping are not proving useful, as well as when a crisis point has been reached.It's not always easy to talk with the people closest to us. Sometimes it may be that there is nobody to turn to for support.
Knowing you're not alone can be a powerful tool to begin the process of change and healing.
People access counselling for many reasons such as struggling in the present with traumatic childhood issues or current life challenges such as family or relationship problems; stress; bereavement; mental health problems; issues around identity or perhaps for personal growth.
I work with warmth, sensitively and attentively; at your pace. Some things take time, especially when they have been deeply held for a prolonged period of time, although sometimes a few sessions may be enough to focus upon a specific issue.
My aim is to put you at ease, I recognise that choosing to book, attend and engage with counselling sessions can be daunting.
I offer a confidential space in my bright and comfortable room in Newport, I am fortunate to have a central yet quiet and discreet location.
How Counselling Can help
It is easy to feel stuck and unable to make positive changes despite wishing to do so, to overthink and create a negative vicious cycle. Such thought patterns can impact our ability to see things clearly and can create unwanted behaviours as a means of managing. This can have an adverse effect on confidence levels, self-esteem and may well test our relationships.
Counselling genuinely has the capacity to change lives; taking time and space to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe and supportive environment is the first step to doing so. A confidential and non-judgemental therapeutic relationship can encourage expression, reflection and allow for a new insight or a clearer sense of perspective.
Together we can look at ways of helping you feel and think differently about your life, perhaps you would like to find new ways of coping or consider changes you may like to make.Please contact me if you would like to book an initial session where you will be able to decide whether you feel comfortable to go ahead with further sessions.
Initial enquiries prior to booking an appointment are very welcome; please call, message or email.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working since 2012 in the charitable sector providing counselling for children and adolescents; working within secondary schools and sixth form with a specialism in bereavement counselling.
I am currently working in private practice with adults and young people.
Since 2013 I have provided counselling for the local Paediatric Diabetes Service; supporting children, adolescents and their families where there is a Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis.
Prior to training to be a counsellor I have many years' experience working and volunteering with diverse groups within the social care field;in areas such as supporting people affected by homelessness, domestic violence and pregnancy related issues such as post-natal depression and birth trauma,undertaking training and volunteering for the National Childbirth Trust in West Sussex, Home-start IOW as well as providing bereavement counselling at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Newport.
I hold a Diploma with Distinction in Humanistic Gestalt Counselling, validated by Winchester University(2012)
ABC Level 3 Counselling Skills Certificate .Peter Symonds College, Winchester(2009)
Transactional Analysis 101 (2009)
NCFE Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
NCFE Certificate in Understanding Autism
Certificate in Non-Directive Play
BA (Hons) Social Science and Literature. University of Manchester (1995)
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
What to expect
The first session will an introductory meeting to discuss your situation, and to gather some factual information like GP details and your address.
I recognise that this first session can be very daunting and aim to put you at ease. This session will be up to 50 minutes at the reduced rate of £30
- Subsequent sessions will last 50 minutes and cost £40
- Reduced rates for self-funded students, young people between the ages of 18 to 25 and individuals on a low income. My fees are based on affordability and to be discussed at the initial assessment.
- Fees payable by cash, cheque or BACS.
- Available for short-term sessions of up to six weeks or long term/open ended.
- I am a registered member of British Association Counselling and Psychotherapy(BACP)
- An accredited member of the National Counselling Society(NCS) approved by the Professional Standards Authority.(PSA)
- I adhere to the BACPs Ethical Framework and NCS Code of Ethics.
- I attend regular Continual Professional Development events to keep my knowledge up to date.
- I undertake regular formal supervision with a qualified counselling supervisor to ensure I am working ethically and in the best interests of each client.
- I hold full Public Liability Insurance and have an up to date DBS enhanced certificate.
- Therapy room in Newport is conveniently located in a central position, accessible via public transport with numerous nearby car parks.
- My room is upstairs so not appropriate for wheelchair users or people with mobility problems. If this is your situation please contact to discuss an alternative venue. Home visits are a possibility.