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I am a qualified & BACP-Accredited therapist with a decade's experience providing a perceptive, empathic, confidential & non-judgemental space to explore & resolve issues like relationship problems, anxiety, depression, anger & loss. The therapeutic space that client and therapist build together is an open space where thoughts, feelings and behaviours can be looked at in an accepting and allowing, as well as real and honest way. Doing so can help with issues such as depression, anxiety, bereavement, anger, relationship problems as well as less easily identifiable feelings such as existential insecurity or a general sense of meaninglessness.
It can be difficult to talk to those close to you as they often, understandably, struggle to remain impartial. Sometimes professional support is needed so that you can express yourself to someone who has no vested interest in you being any particular way and who will not be shocked, overwhelmed or judgemental about what you have to say. It can be surprising how valuable it can be to have a space where you can be helped to explore for yourself what your own responses, perceptions and feelings are; to find fresh and unimagined ways of looking at and experiencing problematic emotions, relationships and situations.
Below is a fuller, though not exclusive, list of some of the issues which counselling can help with:
- Work-related issues
- Anxiety & panic
- Traumatic events
- Identity issues
- Low self-esteem
- Body Issues
- Somatic problems
- Relationship issues
- Sexual difficulties
- Harassment & bullying
- Existential crisis
- Spiritual concerns
- Hopelessness & meaninglessness
- Suicidal feelings
- Over- & under-eating
- Sexual abuse
- Lack of confidence
- Vague unease
- Addictions & compulsive behaviour
- Drug misuse
- Cultural issues
- Endings: relationships, projects, a life stage
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP-accredited Integrative Therapist offering counselling and psychotherapy. I have many years experience of working in the NHS and also the voluntary sector for various different not-for-profit organisations. I am an Accredited Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling. The BACP is the principal professional body for psychotherapy, counselling & talking therapies in the UK. I am also a Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist on the UKRCP (United Kingdom Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists).
I participate in regular supervision and professional development to ensure that the services I offer continue to be well informed and based in sincerity, integrity & respect. It takes courage to change and you can expect from me that I will do my utmost to assist you in what can be, at times, a difficult process. Working in an Integrative way is about finding out what is right for you and using a blend of the the three main schools of psychotherapy, all of which I am trained in. It is about finding a language of exploration and understanding, as well as a pace and rhythm, that suits you. Different people learn and express themselves in different ways and it is a key value of mine to try and tailor the way we do the therapeutic work so that it is of maximum benefit to you. Ultimately, you know best about your own life, it is just that sometimes help is needed for this to become clear. This sense of knowing about what is right or appropriate for oneself is our most valuable resource – it is that which ultimately leads to the untangling and resolution of the knots we find ourselves in.
I offer both shorter and longer term counselling. Sometimes people just need a few sessions to mull over a complex decision and having someone trained in the art of listening, who is willing to try and see things as they see them, can help the situation to become clear. At the other end of the spectrum I have seen clients for longer periods, often for a year and sometimes over several, to help them to work through and explore in detail habits and attitudes that have been in place since early childhood and have caused destructive behaviour and much unhappiness for them. As I practise it, therapy is primarily about creating a robust, safe and caring but gently challenging alliance between client and therapist where exploration and change can then occur. My theoretical background is one which points to the growing body of evidence suggesting that it is the nature of the client-therapist relationship which is the best indicator of whether growth and well-being will result.
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.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
A 50-minute session for individuals costs £75-£55 depending on income, and £80 for couples. A small number of lower fee slots are available. Payment is by cash or cheque – either at the end of the session or monthly if that is preferable. Standing order arrangements can also be set-up if desired.
To ensure as much potential for as wide a range of people as possible to attend, the initial consultation is only £45 (£55 couples). This session gives both of us a chance to look together at whether what is on offer could be of help to you. It gives you an opportunity to ask questions, get a sense of the venue and give a fuller account of what is troubling you. I offer a free 5-10 minute phone conversation before setting up an initial consultation.
With the above in mind and to increase accessibility I am also prepared to offer reduced-fee slots to those on low incomes such as the unemployed or students. Please contact me to discuss further.
Holidays and other engagements aside, the 50-minute sessions will usually be once a week at the same time and on the same day of the week. This consistency can be helpful to contain what may emerge during the therapeutic process.
Day-time and evening Monday - Friday.
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