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MBACP (accred) PG Dip in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

About me

I am a BACP accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor. My counselling approach is integrative and geared to meet your difficulties; I work with a range of psychotherapeutic techniques: psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness.

My role as a counsellor is to facilitate an awareness and curiosity of your past and present experiences; so enabling you to gently veer from repeating unhelpful patterns of reacting to situations, to others, and toward yourself. I work with you in a safe and confidential space. The relationship I have with you is of principal importance, and all we talk of is confidential. I am not there to judge you or tell you what to do, but to support you through the process of exploration.

The ethical underpinning of my work is based on the BACP Ethical Framework: with a commitment to equality and inclusiveness in my work; I am open to differing backgrounds, sexual orientation, race, health difficulties and disability.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have 20 years experience working one to one with people, primarily, as psychotherapeutic counsellor, but also as an occupational counsellor within the field of mental health, and as a university dyslexia and mental health (incl. aspergers and ADHD) tutor.

As a counsellor I have worked in a wide range of settings including The NHS; in occupational health services; in employer assisted programmes; as a telephone counsellor; as a support counsellor in return to work programmes; for private companies and in private practice.

I have considerable experience working with Specific Learning Difficulties. With a SpLD you may have experienced feeling misunderstood and different, which could have affected your self esteem and confidence. Counselling can help you identify problem situations and work on strategies to overcome obstacles, as well as exploring the emotional and behavioural responses to those difficult situations.

My qualifications:

  • BA (hons)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Guidance and Assessment
  • Post Qualifying Cert in CBT
  • Diploma in Relational Mindfulness
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia Diagnosis and Assessment
  • SpLD Teaching Practising Certificate
  • BPS Level A Occupational Testing

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Specific Learning Difficulties
Work issues
EAP work
Long and short term counselling
Young people

Fees

£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

When I work

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Afternoon
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Day time and evening appointments available.

46 Down Terrace, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 9ZH

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme