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About me

I have spaces available at the moment.

I work with people individually (both young people of secondary school age and adults). I always aim to tailor the counselling to you and your specific needs. I can work with you on an open-ended basis, or for a shorter time (e.g. 12 sessions, which can be reviewed as needed).

As an integrative counsellor I am trained in different counselling models, including Psychodynamic, Person-centred, Transactional Analysis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

I have been counselling people in private practice since 2013.

I am available for sessions by Zoom, email or by phone during the current pandemic. I usually offer face to face sessions, and will update my profile when I am starting to do so again.

Training, qualifications & experience

My main training was an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (Adv Dip), which I completed in 2013.


I have completed shorter training courses in areas such as:

  • Attachment and Trauma
  • Working with Dissociative Disorders
  • Working with Young People

I am a Sesame Practitioner, and am trained in the Sesame model, which uses creative forms of self-expression to explore the inner self, connection and meaning. I am happy to facilitate those who would like to use use creative methods in their individual sessions.

As well as my private practice, I have counselling experience in a GP surgery, where I have worked with a wide range of people with varied needs, and in a centre for carers.

I also have experience of working with people in the voluntary sector for many years. This has equipped me to support survivors of abuse and complex trauma, people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health difficulties and other health challenges. I have also worked with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender or gender neutral clients, and with people from a wide range of faiths and cultures. I am able to work with people who dissociate, or with their partners. I have understanding of the unique challenges faced by people who dissociate, and for those close to them.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Childhood Emotional Neglect
  • self-care
  • working with the inner child
  • subpersonalities
  • childhood issues
  • memories
  • incest
  • spiritual abuse
  • organised abuse
  • cyberstalking
  • cyberharassment

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

£50 per session

When I work

I am available at various times in the week, but not at weekends.

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults