I am a psychotherapist, counsellor and clinical supervisor. I have degrees in both psychology and counselling and a certificate in clinical supervision.
I work with an open heart and mind to meet the needs of each individual.
How counselling can help
Counselling provides a safe contained place once a week to bring your challenges, difficulties, pain & desires for change. You will gain a greater understanding of your self, your relationships, your life & your behaviour patterns. You can discover how to put boundaries in place that will assist you in building what you want in your life. You can gain a tool kit to cope with challenges, difficulties & moving forward. The process of counselling is an incremental unfolding of you developing into your best self regardless of your current situation, difficulty, pain or loss. You will experience not only being listened to but being deeply heard & have a witness to your journey of development & change. The work can be short term (a few sessions) or long term (a few years) depending on what you bring and how deeply you choose to work. Please email me with any queries you might have.
A bit about me
I have over two decades of clinical counselling experience equalling over 18,500 clinical hours. I work with youth and adults suffering with anxiety, depression, stress, sleep issues, trauma, bereavement & loss, sexuality & Gender issues. With specialisms in working with youth including gender & sexuality issues, behaviour issues, adjustment, mood & personality disorders, as well as working with families, parents and teachers, pregnant women and new mothers. Part of this is working with post-natal depression and birth trauma. I also work with Couples either to either find a way forward together to find a way to separate as smoothly as possible.
What to expect in your first counselling session
If this is your first time in therapy the first session can feel a bit odd, as it is a new & unique situation. I will do various things that will serve to put you at ease. I will discuss practicalities such as the length of the session, the amount of sessions that we may need, when & how counselling is brought to a close. I will also discuss confidentiality and record keeping. I will encourage you to be vocal if is there is something you would prefer to do differently, or something that you want but are not getting or if you are upset or confused by anything I say or do so that I can explain further and we can work through it. By the end of the first session you will be clear on exactly how counselling works, how we are going to proceed with what you are bringing and you may also have one tool to take away with you and work with until your next appointment.
Services to Schools and Education institutions
I can be booked to do school inset days for teachers and other staff on various topics ranging from "emotional and mental self-care", "how to recognise an emotional or mental issue in a student and how to refer and to what service" to "the emotional anatomy of an SEN (special educational needs) student" and many others. I am open to topic requests from schools, colleges, other educational institutions & businesses. I can tailor inset days or workshops to any size group and to whatever time frame is required.
Trauma work & critical incident debriefing
I am a trained and experience critical incident debriefer and welcome approach by organisations who need this service.
How to get in contact
Please text me 07923583660 or email me with any queries. My website is currently in the process of being updated: hummingbirdcounselling.wordpress.com/
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA hons. Webster University, Geneva.
- BA hons. Psychology, Webster University, Geneva
- BA Counselling Metanoia Institute, London (Middlesex University)
- Certificate in Clinical Supervision IPCL, Essex
- Certificate in Group Counselling Oxford University at Warneford Hospital
- Certificate in Training Oxford University further Education
- Certificate in Advance Solution Focused Brief Therapeutic Interventions
Aside my private practice I currently work as a Executive Function Coach Supervisor at Connections In Mind.
Over my career I have worked for charities, government organisations and private organisations as a counsellor and as a clinical supervisor, clinical team leader and area manager for clinical services.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Youth Counselling aged 11 to 18
- Post Natal Trauma
- Childhood Abuse
£55.00 per session
Concessions offered for
£55 per 50 mins individual counselling session over Zoom, WhatsApp, Messenger Video, FaceTime, Skype or telephone. (usually weekly)
£65 per 50 mins couples counselling session over Zoom, WhatsApp, Messenger Video, FaceTime, Skype or telephone. (usually weekly)
£75 per hour clinical supervision session over Zoom, WhatsApp, Messenger Video. FaceTime, Skype or telephone. (usually Monthly)
£40 per halfhour clinical supervision session over Zoom, WhatsApp, Messenger Video. FaceTime, Skype or telephone. (usually an ad hoc top up to the regular sessions when needed)
£98 per hour life coaching session (including all aspects of life; Work, Specific Goals, Significant Decisions, Change Management, Relationship, Family & Self Development) over Zoom, WhatsApp, Messenger Video, FaceTime, Skype or telephone (usually monthly)
(For Counselling I operate a sliding scale down to as low as 50% of the session price if the person struggles to meet the full cost. This is negotiated in advance and offered according to need on an individual basis.)
Price on request for:
Family counselling session, group counselling session facilitation, critical incident debriefing, inset days or other training.
Payment for all services is paid in full by bank transfer and is due on the date that the session takes place before the session starts.
My working hours are from 8.30am to 8.30pm Monday to Saturday inclusive. Please call, text or email to discuss appointment slot availability.
A session cancelled 6 or more days before the booked appointment has no fee.
A session 5 days to 72 hours before the booked appointment requires a payment of 50% of the session fee.
A session cancelled 48 hours or less before the booked session incurs the full fee.