I have experience of working with and relating to many diverse groups of people. Acting and the creative arts have played a significant part in my life during the last three decades.
Currently I am involved with charity and community based organisations.
In recent years I have been involved with the Tall Ships as a member of the leadership team, acting as the mentor, as well as being a sailing instructor, for the troubled or disadvantaged crews.
Commercially and before my counselling career I worked with professionals at all levels from the commercial and the entertainment world.
This wide back ground together with a sound education in counselling has well equipped me to understand my clients’ anxieties and, to be able to help them
Do let me help you!
Taking the first step for counselling can often be daunting and no doubt you will want to meet me as your counsellor before deciding to go ahead.
If you would like to contact me by email, then click on the email box and tell me briefly what concerns you.
I will reply within 48 hours with an offer of times for our first introductory meeting.
You will confirm a time and so we are now ready to meet and to consider the start of our relationship /your therapy.
Alternatively you can phone me for a chat prior to arranging your first introductory visit.
AT OUR FIRST MEETING
This is the start of getting to know each other, and building our therapeutic relationship. At this our first meeting we will briefly look at the presenting problems that are concerning you. We will discuss your expectations and any anxieties or concerns that you may have and I will tell you something of the different styles of therapy and consider which one may be the most appropriate for you to start with. You of course will be free to ask any questions that you may have.
If we are comfortable and feel that we can work with each other we will then discuss how we are going to proceed.
HOW I WORK
I am an experienced counsellor and I use in the main, the Humanistic Model of Counselling with an integrative approach. In non-professional speak this means that I use the Humanistic modern development of counselling as the foundation for our therapy. Here you are respected as an individual and your thoughts are listened to with total respect. I will not give you specific advice but will encourage you to talk about your issues in a relaxed environment, so that you start to see things differently and so move towards finding your own management styles and solutions.
Additionally I am always ready to use, ‘or integrate’, tools from other styles of counselling if thought appropriate, as often they are!
Gestalt for example means looking at past distressing issues in the ‘here and now’ and so enables us to manage those issues. It can be a useful and enlightening tool!
Initially I plan for six sessions, and much can be achieved during this time, however many clients feel the need for further sessions and the programme is constantly tailored to suit your needs.
Bristol is a University town and I regularly counsel undergraduates and staff for a mixture of problems including: relationships, insecurity, lack of self esteem, anger management, drugs and alcohol, bullying, personal development, and more!
Additionally my clientele comprise professional executives from varying backgrounds. They too have many of the problems listed above
I feel that no matter what your background and history, I am a well experienced and perceptive counsellor and, I know that I will be able to offer you help with issues that you may have.
Training, qualifications & experience
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
I qualified from the University of the West of England with a diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling.
I have the certificate for Counselling Skills from Southwark College, London.
I am registered as an approved adoption counsellor
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP).and a committee member of the Bristol group. I attend post graduate training courses and undertake regular supervision for my private practice to ensure that I am providing the best care for my clients.
As a member of MBACP I follow their ethical frame work for good practice.
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
I am very experienced with dyslexia and facilitate numerous courses in Bristol and Bath.
My initial 50 minute consultation is £25. During this time you tell me something about yourself, and you will be able to ask me questions. If we decide to proceed with counselling sessions you will be charged at £50 per 50 minute session.
I do have some limited reserved sessions at a concessionary rate for students, or exceptionally for those who have limited income. If money is difficult please ask if concessionary rates are available.
MEETING ROOMS AND CONFIDENTIALITY
I have specialists consulting rooms at: 139 St George’s Road. BS1 5UW.
It is on the roundabout at the junction of: St. George’s Rd, Jacob Wells Rd and Anchor Rd.
My room is used solely for counselling and is very welcoming. It is a safe place which means that you, and only me, your therapist, will ever be present. You will be encouraged to discuss any topic that concerns you and anything discussed or divulged here remains absolutely confidential between you and me. Nothing is off limits and no information is ever given to family or friends. I am always non-judgmental and you will be given total regard as a person with your views always being respected. It is a very safe place!