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MBACP, PG Diploma in Counselling

About me

I am an Accredited Counsellor/Therapist registered with the BACP and currently working solely online with clients from any geographical area.  I moved from Glasgow to Diss, South Norfolk in 2021.
I offer long and short-term individual counselling and therapy to adults aged 17 and above.

What type of counselling do I offer?

My approach is Person Centred which means that I will listen very carefully to you, offer you unconditional support, value your experience and use that as the basis of all our work. I will work flexibly in an integrated way to suit your needs. I adhere to the BACP Code of Ethics.

What happens in a Counselling Session?

  • We meet online via Zoom or on the phone.
  • I create a safe, confidential online environment where we can work practically and creatively with what is worrying you.
  • I am down to earth and offer a non-judgmental, empathic relationship where you can build trust and be with yourself and me just as you are.
  • Primarily this is done through talking and we can also use the body, voice, drawing or representational objects to support your exploration of yourself.


How can counselling help you?

  • Each person is individual and your experience of counselling will be unique to you.

However here are some general outcomes that most clients experience:

  • Getting to know yourself in a new way - perhaps by gaining some acceptance of things that have been difficult
  • Becoming more self aware
  • Feeling a greater sense of control
  • Feeling both more positive and more able to cope with the less positive times
  • Being able to make decisions that support you

How to get started

  • Phone or email me to arrange either of the following 2 options.
  • Option 1. An initial 20 minute free phone consultation - where you can briefly talk about what has made you look for counselling/support and ask me questions to see if I am the counsellor for you.
  • Option 2. A full 1 hour therapy session @ full cost where we have more time to work with what you are bringing.
  • Arrangements for ongoing sessions will be made at this point.

A bit about me

Before retraining as a counsellor and moving to Glasgow, I lived on the Isle of Mull, Scotland for 25 years. Whilst there, I became immersed in the community. I taught music in schools, ran my own bed and breakfast and self catering business, brought up my daughter, and latterly became a business manager of a social enterprise. I was born and brought up in England and at 19 studied performance at a London Music College and then went on to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. I have loved living in Scotland for the past 30 years. Since 2021 I have been enjoying my new home in Diss, South Norfolk where I will continue to develop my counselling practice

Training, qualifications & experience

Postgraduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling, Strathclyde University.
GPTI Diploma Course in Gestalt Psychotherapy, Edinburgh Gestalt Institute Yr 1

Cosca Counselling Supervision Certificate

Level 1 and Level 2 TRE (Trauma Release and Tensioning Exercises).
(This is an autonomous body practice that is very supportive for getting in touch with what the body is holding.)

Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory, University of Highlands and Islands.

Various short trainings including Psychodrama, Attachment Theory, Play Therapy, Perinatal Psychosis, Family Constellations, Solution Focused Short Term Therapy, Trauma and Internal Family Systems

Experience of large and small group work.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

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

Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

I charge £40 per 60 minute counselling session. Payments to be made via online banking. 

Cancellation policy. Cancellations made within 24 hours of a booked session for any reason incur the full session charge. Cancellations made outwith 24 hours of a booked session are free.

There is also an option of a free initial 20 minute consultation via phone or Zoom.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

The evening sessions on Monday and Tuesday 6-7pm

Further information

Practice Location

I work online with clients from all areas of Britain.
I have 30 years of lived experience and strong connections with Scotland particularly with the West Highlands and Islands and Glasgow.
I also have strong connections with my English roots from the earlier part of my life.

When I return to face to face work, I will based in Norfolk.


Access
With online counselling wheelchair access is dependent on the location of your online resource.

Diss, Norfolk, IP22

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults

Online platforms

Zoom