Welcome to my page. If there are any questions not answered here, my website has a lot of information about myself and the way I work. Please also feel free to send me a message or ring me for more information.
There could be many reasons you are researching counsellors; you may feel anxious, depressed, bereaved, angry or stressed. You are probably feeling multiple things and you may also know something is wrong but not know why. It is good you are seeking support and counselling can support you with any of the above feelings and more. You may feel daunted at the prospect of beginning therapy, or you may be excited to work on yourself - either way, you are embarking on a worthwhile journey and I hope that you get the results you want and need.
I have worked with a wide range of clients and concerns and look to ensure that at the heart of our discussions is respect for your autonomy and that our work is supportive, respectful and honest. I work primarily in a person-centred way, an approach that allows us to work collaboratively so you can discover your own solutions. My role is to be a compassionate facilitator, listening without judgment and acknowledging your experiences. Person-centred therapy can help you to gain self-confidence, a stronger sense of your own identity and also to trust in your abilities to realise and affect change in your life. I do also utilise useful knowledge from other therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Transactional Analysis and coaching which can bring further perspectives.
As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I have a special interest in working with clients who identify as gender, sexuality or relationship diverse. Alongside concerns we all face as humans such as depression or anxiety, there are additional concerns relating to the community such as coming out, prejudice and discrimination that it can be helpful to receive support for in counselling.
Sessions happen on a weekly basis, lasting 50 minutes and we define goals when we first meet – our sessions then focus on these goals and we discuss what is relevant at that point for you. You will find that over time, sometimes in between sessions, you will gain a different insight or perspective on your concern and we then work to address these together. My role as your therapist is to walk with you on this journey, to ask questions that may help you and to support you.
Due to Covid-19, I am only offering online (zoom) or telephone appointments at the moment. There are many benefits to attending online/by phone - you can attend from anywhere, you save time and money on travelling, and I charge slightly less due to reduced costs for myself. Sessions via zoom still allow us to see each other, but telephone counselling is just as effective in supporting you. I have a handout about online/telephone therapy on the “about counselling” page of my website if you want more information.
Do you have questions, or are you interested in finding out more? I offer free introductory phone calls which last up to 30 minutes and allow you to ask me any questions. I will also explain in more detail how counselling would work and we can agree if we will continue to work together. Please do get in touch to book your appointment with me. We will then both sign a contract that sets out the terms of our work and book our first session.
I will leave you with this quote; "The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change." (Carl Rogers, founder of Person-Centred Therapy). This is one of my favourite quotes because it sums up the process of counselling perfectly; working to accept who you truly are means that then you can create change in your world.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications are:
- Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts
- Certificate in online and telephone counselling
Additional training I have attended:
- Training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Training Transactional Analysis
- Working with clients around shame
- Helping clients with anger issues
- Working with LGBTQIA+ specific issues
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £35.00 to £55.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Initial introductory appointment (30 minutes) - Free.
50 minute online/phone session - £35.00
50 minute in person session - £55.00
I currently offer appointments on weekdays after 6pm.