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MBACP, Dip. Couns.

About me

Are you considering counselling but not sure how it would help? 

Here are just some of the things counselling could help you achieve:

- You can get some support from a trained professional when life seems too difficult to bear alone.
- You can make sense of your feelings and thoughts about a sensitive subject in a confidential environment.
- You can explore a complicated problem and come out with clarity about what you want and what you need.
 - You can come to terms with your childhood or other past events that won’t seem to go away.
- You can make sense of your past and current patterns and change behaviours that no longer serve you.

I am a qualified counsellor with 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-judgmental and a good listener, no matter what you're experiencing.

I work in an integrated way, meaning I draw together different ways of counselling so we can work together in the way that best suits you. Please do check out my website (see above) if you would like to know more about how I work. 

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.

Together we will work to help you notice when you are being hard on yourself, and help you grow in acceptance and compassion towards yourself. Experience tells me this is crucial for clients to feel safe and understood, and to make progress with their difficulties.

Above all, we will work in the way that is right for you, with regular reviews about what you are finding helpful and what you would like to do differently. 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 5 years of counselling and 20 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.

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Polyamory

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Fees

From £45.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Daytime: £45 for initial session and ongoing sessions if booked 4 at a time (or £50 to pay week by week)

Evening or weekend: £55 for initial session and ongoing sessions if booked 4 at a time (or £60 to pay week by week)

Further reductions available for those on a low income or trainee counsellors, I keep a waiting list for these places.

When I work

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Further information

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 effective counselling can be.

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.

The Shaftesbury Centre, Percy Street, Swindon, SN2 2AZ

Type of session

In person
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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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.

There are disabled parking spaces at the front of the building and a public car park with free parking to the back. My counselling room is accessible by lift or by stairs.

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