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BA Hons, PGCE, MBACP (Accredited)

About me

Counselling and psychotherapy can seem mysterious to many clients, at first. My aim is to clarify the process and make it as accessible and collaborative as possible. My approach is integrative; every client is different and we work together accordingly.

I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment where it will be possible for you to explore your concerns with relationships, work; anxiety; depression; bereavement or other emotional difficulties with the aim of rebalancing and empowering you.

Location

Based in a peaceful, private setting near the seafront in Walmer which is easily accessible from Sandwich, Canterbury and Dover. Free parking is available.

Assessment and working together

Initial contact is usual either by email or a telephone call. I will invite you for a half-hour session, either online or in person (depending on the regulations) free of charge, to decide whether therapy would be beneficial to you and, if so, to explore some goals for the work. You will normally have completed a questionnaire prior to this meeting which will give me further information with which to work. If we decide to go ahead, we will meet on a weekly basis, usually at a pre-agreed day and time.

I would normally expect you to commit to an initial six sessions of work, after which time we will review what progress has been made so far. We can decide to commit to a further set of sessions or, if the work is more complex, agree to an open-ended contract.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA Hons English Literature

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary English)

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Further training

  • Counselling experience with young people and adults within college setting;
  • Counselling vulnerable adults in an agency setting;
  • Counselling as an independent practitioner;
  • 20 years’ teaching and pastoral experience with young people in secondary schools and colleges;
  • Emotion Focused Therapy, Level 1;
  • Suicide and loss;
  • Child Protection V5.1 and refresher V2.3;
  • Channel General Awareness;
  • Difference and Diversity;
  • Transactional Analysis 101;
  • Relational working using Transactional Analysis.
  • BACP Accreditation (meaning my practice has met the BACP's higher standard as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner). 

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

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Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Free initial consultation with no commitment to continue. Payments for further sessions are payable 24 hours in advance. 10% discount available for advance payment of a block of six sessions.

£45 per session by bank transfer or in cash.

Cancellation arrangements

If you need to cancel an appointment due to unforeseen life events, I ask that you give me at least 24 hours’ notice. There is no charge for sessions cancelled with 24+ hours’ notice.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I am available for weekday appointments. I try to be flexible and can accommodate shift workers and clients who cannot commit to the same time and day each week. 

Further information

In addition to my private practice, I work as a counsellor for an agency in Canterbury.

The Garden Room, Walmer, Deal, Kent, CT14 7EQ

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

Access to the building is narrow but some wheelchairs would be able to manage it.

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom