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About me

Hello and welcome here. I'm here to support, in any life situation.

If you are looking for help, for yourself or someone else, to better understand or cope with a difficult life situation or experience, you are in the right place.

At times, life can be tough and tricky and bring us more or less serious challenges. Just when we thought we worked something out, whether regarding relationships, job, family, financial situation, health or any other issue, we find ourselves in a spot when we feel that there is more to “sort out.”

Those challenges can feel overwhelming and it can be difficult or not much of help to talk to family and friends about your struggles.

There might be situations in life when you’re struggling to make sense of things ie; a relationship may have ended, during transitions when we change job or experienced redundancy, when we are coping with bereavement, when someone became a parent or maybe left home for the first time, when there was a negative health diagnosis, or maybe we have lost our identity, our trust or our hope. Recently, there might be worries about health or personal safety in the world.

You might feel something like the following:                                        

  • depressed; not knowing how to make you feel better
  • lost & confused; not knowing which way to turn
  • anxious, stressed and life feels overwhelming
  • never feel ‘good enough,' unworthy
  • trapped, afraid & misunderstood
  • low, tearful, with no motivation
  • lonely and / or not heard, sad

Counselling can be one of the ways to help and support people during such moments and times. Counselling gives you the chance to tell your story, without needing to hold back. When we feel safe, supported and heard, we can reach a place of greater self-understanding and feel empowered.

We then can become more confident in making better, more informed choices in our lives. Anyone can benefit from the opportunity to take some time-out and explore their thoughts and feelings, discover greater confidence and feelings of peace and content they perhaps once knew or hoped for.

Working together.

As a qualified counsellor, I am here to offer you a space to listen, understand, explore and work with your feelings and emotions, accepting you as you are, away from expectations or judgment. I can provide a listening ear and support, helping you to reach a place of greater peace and a way to move forward in life.

I will help you explore your feelings and emotions and support you in getting to the root of the problem and finding your own solutions; sometimes it can be a case of looking at something from a different perspective. Your counselling sessions can help you with e.g. the following (although there is so much more):

  • Greater sense of self-worth and self-awareness
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem
  • Feeling calmer and more relaxed
  • Better communication skills
  • More intimate and satisfying relationships
  • Develop healthier patterns of relating to others

My Approach.

I work as integrative counsellor but mainly with person-centred approach in a warm, safe, confidential and non-judgemental manner. My approach is very personal and every counselling therapy is tailored according to the needs of the client. When I find it helpful, I use tools from other modalities of counselling. As to the speed, we can move in the pace that is just comfortable for you and discuss only things you want to bring up in the sessions, there is no push at all.

I would like to support you to find more understanding and meaning in your life, to help you move forward with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully. I believe that each person has the ability to take responsibility for themselves and to change and grow towards their own, full potential. I am privileged to be a facilitator of such growth, which is, for me, fascinating to watch.

Getting started.

You can contact me by phone or email and I will usually respond within 24 hours to book your first appointment. After an initial contact by email or phone, we will arrange an online appointment, through the agreed media, usually within a week.

The number of sessions varies enormously and depends on the issues you bring, and on your needs and wants. We will discuss this at your first session.

The first session is an opportunity to meet online where we can get to know each other a bit more. It will be a space where you can talk about what brings you to counselling and ask questions you may have about the therapy process.

You can then decide whether you want to work together and continue with further sessions, you can also think it over for a few days. If you decide to continue, prior to your first appointment, I will send you a short assessment form, to learn more facts about you. Alternatively, we can fill in this form in our first session.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Children
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • MBACP member
  • DBS checked as a school counsellor
  • Fully insured

I studied and had placements in East and Central London, now I live in Leigh-on-Sea. As I hold my sessions almost solely online, the location doesn't matter. But I do see face-to-face clients as well.

Most of my experience consists of working with the adults, in different settings. Previously working in the agency, I have my own practise now and through the years I have worked with all kinds of issues, always supporting and promoting higher confidence and good mental health and well being, and generally a happier way of life. I have worked at schools with children and young people of all ages from diverse cultural backgrounds, working through their relational, teenage issues and anxieties relating to difficult family circumstances or exam stress.

I have ongoing clinical supervision and regularly attend courses and further training to enhance my knowledge and professionalism with Continued Professional Development (CPD). I carry out various CPD training courses on a regular basis to keep my skills and knowledge up to date.

Areas of counselling the adults I am particularly experienced in:

  • Stress (work related or other), and Anxiety
  • Redundancy, Career and life choices
  • Addiction or Eating disorders
  • Panic attacks and OCD
  • Bereavement & loss
  • Unresolved trauma
  • Anger management
  • Self-esteem, addictions
  • Depression and Feeling sad & low
  • Family concerns and Relationship issues
  • Pregnancy issues

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

Besides my vast experience in helping people with depression, anxiety, feeling low, low self esteem, bereavement etc. I also have long experience with Asperger's syndrome - these are very helpful sessions for those affected as well as their partners, relatives, carers and close friends.

Fees

From £25.00 to £45.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

We will discuss this personally before the sessions start.

Generally my fees are £30 - £45 per 50 minute session, depending on the income (can be agreed on 60 minutes). Concessionary rates of £25 can be negotiated for those with lower income/ or unemployed, students, people on retirement etc.

As to the length of your counselling therapy, we may initially contract to meet for 8 weeks to see how that works out. As we move towards the end of our sessions, you may decide whether this was sufficient to you or you want to continue.

The sessions can be agreed on an open-ended basis. We can always review and discuss this issue later. Long-term or short-term online counselling (via Zoom, WhatsApp or Skype), Telephone counselling, and we could possibly agree on some limited, irregular face-to-face sessions if preferred.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm.

Further information

Online Counselling.

At present, I work solely via online counselling as many people find it most practical in nowadays busy lives. I usually have sessions with my clients via Zoom or Skype, or other video calls. Some might be sceptical at first about doing therapy online, nevertheless, research of the last decade has consistently come to the conclusion that it is equally effective as face-to-face therapy.

How does it work?

We connect through a safe wifi connection and video calls (Skype, Zoom or other apps), which allows easy access and continuity in therapy. Online counselling is also particularly helpful nowadays when there are various health concerns and social distancing is encouraged.

When online counselling first started several years ago, it was especially convenient for those who lived a busy life and found it hard to commit to weekly sessions (whether this is due to work commitments or raising up family), for those who frequently travelled abroad, those who were from some reason house bound or with limited mobility, or for those who lived in a different country but would still like to be able to receive therapy in their own mother tongue.

Because of its convenience and high approachability from anywhere, the online counselling is quickly becoming a very popular way of therapy for everyone.

Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

Online, or in case of face-to-face - parking space in front of the venue

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