MBACP | Person Centred Counsellor
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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.
I offer sessions either in person or via zoom/telephone, which may be helpful for you considering the current pandemic. Although there are slight differences in the way in person or online sessions are delivered, all are extremely valuable and effective at supporting you on your journey.
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
- Foundation Certificate in Working with Couples
- Gottman Method Level 1 for Working with Couples
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)
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £45.00 to £55.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Initial introductory appointment (30 minutes) - Free.
50 minute online/phone session - £45.00
50 minute in person session - £55.00
When I work
I currently offer appointments on weekdays after 5pm.