I work from a private and comfortable room tucked away in my village home 2 miles outside of Ledbury. As a counsellor my aim is to create a confidential, safe and non-judgemental space for you to explore issues, feelings or situations that are causing you distress or confusion. These might include difficulties around confidence or self-esteem, relationships, depression, anxiety, loss, bereavement or illness. Whether experiencing overwhelming circumstances, long-standing problems, or a general discontent with life I work together with my clients to enable them to discover their own fresh insight and new ways of moving forwards.
From a person-centred background, I draw on different elements of theory and practice to most effectively meet each client's unique needs. I have been trained in a broad spectrum of approaches and techniques that allow me to do this effectively and offer both open-ended and short-term therapy to young people, adults and couples.
I am an accredited member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical guidelines and have achieved the BACP Certificate of Proficiency.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked closely with people of all ages for over 30 years as a Health Care Professional in many varied hospital settings. In 2002 I moved across into counselling, training to degree standard and am an accredited member of the BACP with a Certificate of Proficiency.
Since then I have worked at a charity funded Counselling Centre providing free and reduced fee counselling to both self referred and GP referred clients, offering support to those experiencing such issues as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, relationship problems, self esteem issues, anger management and self harm.
I have also worked in both Children and Adult Hospice settings working alongside those diagnosed with life limiting illnesses and their families and more recently, running my own private practice which continues to expand.
In addition to my Counselling degree and accreditation I have received further training in Bereavement support, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, The Therapeutic use of Mindfulness, Compassionate Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Couple Counselling and the use of Creative Writing and Arts. I have attended workshops on the issues of self esteem, domestic abuse, ways of managing stress and anxiety, ways of managing depression, working with shame and guilt, and the experience of spiritual distress at end of life.
I have a particular interest in working with those for whom their spiritual context is important, particularly those from a Christian faith background and for others who may be searching for meaning and direction in life and am a member of the BACP Spirituality group.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Those who are experiencing terminal illness in themselves or a family member or close friend.
The loss of a child.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
The initial session is an important opportunity for us to meet with each other, discuss how we might work together and for you to ask any questions you might have and this first session is half price at £20.
Thereafter I charge £40 a session but am happy to negotiate for those who are unable to cover the full fee.
Please feel free to contact me and we can discuss how I might be able to support you.
It might be helpful to visit my counselling web site at www.theviewcounselling.co.uk
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am able to offer both daytime and evening appointments. I can also offer flexibility for those requiring it e.g. if working irregular hours.
Types of client