Ashcroft Therapy Centre
It can take a great deal of courage to come for counselling, but it is a valuable and often life-changing experience.
I work face-to-face with adults and young people (secondary school age) on an individual basis. I offer both long and short-term counselling, so sometimes people work with me for a few years, sometimes they come for a couple of months, depending on what they choose to do. I am a registered and accredited member of the BACP and work within their "Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions".
There are many reasons why people come to me for counselling, but recent examples include: depression, anxiety, addiction, low self-esteem, miscarriage, self-harm, bullying, abuse, bereavement, job loss, or people who find that they keep making the same mistakes in their lives.
If you email, phone or text me I will get back to you on the same day that you contact me.
The first meeting is slightly longer than the following meetings. This is because I need to find out details about you, such as your address and because you need information about me, such as where the loos are and what happens to our appointments when we have holidays booked. In addition to this, we will have time to talk about why you are coming for counselling.
Our meetings will be once a week, at the same time and same day of the week. The sessions last for 50 minutes. The sessions are for your benefit and it will help you to get the best out of the sessions if you can talk as much as you can about yourself. For most of us, counselling is the only time that we ever do this, so it can feel strange, but also can feel liberating.
Sessions are highly confidential. I abide by the BACP "Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions". BACP is the professional body that I am accredited by. Their Ethical Framework is a document that you can download from their website. It concerns best practice for counsellors.
How long does it take?
This is a common question and it actually is difficult to answer. If you want to work on one thing, for example if you are frightened of spiders and that is why you are coming to counselling, we could agree to work on just that one part of your life and we could agree a set number of weeks, perhaps 10 weeks. However, more usually, people want to work on an ongoing basis until they feel ready to stop coming to counselling. In this case, it would be useful to talk about that with me and we could plan to end on a certain date. This helps you by ensuring that nothing is left unsaid and that we can also say goodbye which is an important part of therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at Wantage Counselling Service and have a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Psychodynamic). I also have a degree. Since qualifying, I have worked for Wantage Counselling and Training Centre as a counsellor for three years and at King Alfred's Academy as a counsellor for just over three years. I set up my private practice in 2014.
I have worked for an equivalent amount of time with adults and with young people.
I have a clear, enhanced DBS check.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
My fees are £50 per session. Sessions last for 50 minutes, except for the initial session when we need to allow an hour and a half at most.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I currently have two hours available on Mondays: 4.00 pm and 5.00 pm and three hours available on Fridays: 3.30 pm, 4.30 pm and 5.30 pm
Types of client