Many people find themselves considering counselling when they want their lives to change. This is sometimes a response to symptoms such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, addiction, and flashbacks. At other times, it's simply because there is a general sense that life isn't working how you would like it to. It's at times like these that finding a safe & confidential space where you can talk can feel invaluable. I can offer a safe and empathetic environment in which we can begin to explore together the causes and effects of unwanted & uncomfortable thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Our work together will aim to heal past hurts, reduce present distress, and equip you with tools to face whatever the future may bring.
I aim to provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space where you can share and explore present and past experiences and express thoughts and feelings enabling you to gain personal awareness. This can empower you to enjoy a better quality of life, have resilient mental health, improved well-being and have more authentic relationships.
My aim is to listen, to understand and to help you reach your potential.
I am a Registered BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapists) Counsellor with a Diploma in Integrative Counselling.
My counselling approach is integrative, which is where I bring together several models of counselling and psychotherapy techniques and approaches to meet the needs of the client. I include the creative arts and CBT to enable an expression of feelings and a positive move towards improved well-being.
I incorporate a humanistic framework using models such as Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, Gestalt and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
As well as working with Adults, I offer counselling sessions for young people where they can explore thoughts, feelings and behaviours which are causing distress and learn how to make changes to improve wellbeing.
What to expect?
Sessions last for 50 minutes and are usually weekly. I offer short or long term therapy, assisting you to explore your difficulties in a safe place based on warmth, acceptance and respect.
I welcome people from all backgrounds, faiths, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.
In our sessions together, you will have the time for you to explore your thoughts and feelings and identify areas of concern or difficulty, which may be preventing you achieving your goals and fulfilling your potential.
Whilst I am happy to work with what you choose to bring to the sessions, it can be helpful to know your reason for coming including any areas you would especially like to work on, plus any specific aims or goals you may have in mind so that these can be taken into account.
To help you decide if I am the right person for you I can offer a brief initial telephone or face to face assessment meeting, where you can tell me more about yourself and what you would like to achieve. You will get a taste of how counselling works and see if we feel comfortable working together. There is no obligation, and you may want to visit a few therapists before making a decision.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited Diploma Course)
- Registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).
- Enhanced DBS Certificate & Professional Indemnity Insurance
- I have worked with Adults within the NHS and have 2 years experience working for a hospice. These clients experience life changing diagnosis or under palliative care. I also work family members & friends who are experiencing a loved one going through this.
- In addition to working with Adults, I have 18 months experience working in a college with young people (16-18 year olds). I have a varied experience of working with many issues that can affect life during adolescence including depression, anxiety and trauma.
- Offer the facility of Virtual Sessions via Zoom
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
Working Creatively together - Sand Tray, Drawing, Modelling Clay, Collage, Imagery work & Vision Boards
Individual one to one Sessions - £40 per 50 minute session.
I am happy to discuss a reduced rate for Students, NHS Staff or low income individuals on request.