I am a qualified counsellor with nearly 20 years' experience of working with people in a caring capacity. My background is in the Probation Service, dealing with people from all walks of life, so you’ll find me to be non-judgemental and able to hear whatever it is you need to unburden.
I work in an integrated way, meaning I am trained in different methods of counselling so we can work together in the way that best suits you.
My main way of working is person-centred therapy (also known as humanistic). This means I show empathy, respect and unconditional positive regard for you, the client, in an atmosphere of warmth and no judgement. As I listen, and you talk, you can make sense of your problems and their origins, and we will work together to find a way forward that feels right to you.
I also draw from psychodynamic theories, meaning I can help you to explore the influence of your childhood and upbringing on your current situation. Sometimes we carry with us the memories of past difficult events, and it is human nature to interpret the present through the lens of the past. We will work together to help you notice what feelings are coming up from previous events, and what is happening in the here and now, to help you put the past behind you and look to the future.
Some clients may also find learning cognitive-behavioural techniques useful, to gain new perspective on old problems and learn coping skills for when times are tough.
I can help you notice when you are being hard on yourself, and to help you grow in acceptance and compassion towards yourself and any difficulties you are experiencing.
Above all, we will work in the way that is right for you, and keep an open dialogue about what is helpful and what is not working. My hope is that my counselling room is a safe space where you can feel heard, whoever you are, and whatever you are feeling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4) and a wealth of experience drawn from 4 years of counselling and 19 years of therapeutic listening .
I offer counselling on a range of issues and problems, and I specialise in working with anxiety, relationship & family problems, and anger management.
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
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Reductions offered for initial sessions, daytime sessions and signing up to 4 sessions at a time.
Some further reductions available for those on a low income or trainee counsellors, I keep a waiting list for these places.
I offer a free telephone consultation so you can get a sense of whether I am the right counsellor for you. Please do get in touch and we can discuss what you need, so you can see for yourself how counselling can work for you.
Currently offering sessions both in person and on the telephone, whichever suits you better.
I am fully vaccinated and work in a good sized counselling room with windows that open so we can keep socially distant while still sitting together in person.