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Dip.couns.MBACP. Diploma in Clinical Supervision

About me

There are many varied reasons why people come to counselling, these may include bereavement, relationship and family issues and PTSD.

I am a humanistic counsellor and supervisor. My fundamental belief is that my client is the greatest expert on themselves. I provide my client with a protected environment by which they can explore issues that have stopped them living the life they want. I believe that personal growth will stem from this.

In my private practice, I work from my home in Boscombe Manor. My practice is easily accessible from Bournemouth and Poole. Some parking is available, more during the day than evenings.

I offer online counselling via SKYPE

I can also see clients in The Consulting Centre in Branksome.

Training, qualifications & experience

My primary training is in the Person-Centred approach, although I have considerable experience with Gestalt Therapy. I am a registered member of the BACP. I adhere to their ethical framework.I have a Diploma in Counselling from Middlesex University. I have achieved the BACP Certificate of Proficiency. I hold a post graduate Diploma in clinical supervision. I have attended many courses for CPD. including addictions, art therapy and relationships. I hold an advanced DBS certificate.

I have worked with a wide range of clients... men, women, families and parents of people with learning difficulties. In addition to my private practice, I have created and managed a counselling service for people with learning difficulties. This was in an educational setting, where I worked with people struggling with conditions such as ADHD, Autism, Downs syndrome and Williams syndrome. Some of the issues around these conditions were relationships and exclusion. This service was linked to Harrow College, where it grew to be a placement for trainee counsellors. I have been an associate of the Albany Centre in St.Albans for many years.

Member organisations

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I work with individual clients and my fees are as follows.

£40.00 per session. I have some concessionary/low-cost sessions available, but I often have a waiting list. Fees are negotiable, especially for students.

When I work

I can offer flexible appointment times and will always aim to satisfy people's varied lifestyles. Some weekend times are available.

Bournemouth, Dorset, BH5

Bournemouth, Dorset, BH12

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

My practice room and toilet are on the ground floor.

Supervision

In person
Online

I hold a postgraduate Diploma in clinical supervision.

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