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Registered MBACP

About me

I am a qualified, experienced counsellor, registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Alongside counselling, I have been a course tutor for a counselling training academy, delivering counselling courses to adult students for a number of years.

I provide a private, confidential and welcoming space where you can talk about and explore whatever it is that brings you to counselling.

My way of working is person-centred and relational, offering you a non-judgmental space to feel heard and accepted so that you can work through your thoughts and feelings. I am down-to-earth, authentic and approachable.

I have experience of working with a range of issues and my approach enables me to work empathically with you to find your own path/answers at your pace. It may be that you just want to make sense of how you're feeling and why. I will listen to what you bring and work with you to make sense of it. I believe that every person has the ability to guide their own path, making their own choices and reaching their full potential. Therefore, I won't tell you what to do or give you answers, based on my feelings and ideas, but will support you in finding your own way, as part of the counselling process. I value my clients and I work to understand how things are from your perspective.

Getting started:

Please feel free to e-mail or call me to discuss your requirements or ask any questions about how I work, etc.

I offer a slightly longer first counselling session (1 hour), which will enable us to discuss how I work and for me to find out a little bit more about you, along with what you feel you may want or need from counselling.  

The counselling sessions I offer are 50 minutes per session; usually held on a weekly basis, but I can work to other schedules if weekly sessions are not possible for you. Our work can be open-ended, short-term or long-term work and I will discuss your requirements and expectations at our initial meeting in order for you to decide what you may want or need from counselling.

I offer both online sessions via Doxy and face-to-face sessions. My counselling room is situated in a deaf awareness centre within a small shopping centre in Stevenage. The centre and room are wheelchair accessible. The shopping centre has free parking and bus stops are close by.

I am a registered member of the BACP and am bound by their Code of Ethics.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am trained to CPCAB level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. My training, qualifications, continuing professional development and experience include the following:

CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills

  • Safeguarding & child protection training
  • Gender identity/trans’ awareness
  • Asexuality awareness
  • Tourette’s awareness
  • Understanding Autism, Asperger’s and ADHD (University of Derby)
  • Grief Works: Stories of life, death and surviving – Julia Samuel
  • ‘Identity: Can you tell me who I am?’ – BACP
  • Depression: A compassionate view (University of Derby)
  • Shame – Dr Brene Brown PhD
  • Stress – The Psychology of Anxiety, Fear and Worry
  • Perinatal Mental Health
  • Panic Attacks
  • The Role of Diagnosis in Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Trauma Training workshop

In addition to this, I have also written and delivered experiential training workshops on the topics of Identity; Self Care & Ethics in Practice and Trans’ awareness.

My counselling experience has led me to work in a variety of settings as well as private practice, which has offered me valuable experience in working with a variety of clients. I have worked with a diverse range of issues, including: Anxiety; depression; bereavement; gender; sexuality; relationship and family issues; health concerns; a variety of mental health issues; work-related stress; low self esteem; trauma; childhood experience; self-harm; bullying. However, this list is not exhaustive, so I will work with whatever your concerns are.

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

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Fees

£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£45 individuals (50 minute session)

Discounted rates:

I have a limited number of sessions which I am able to offer at reduced rate - please ask for details.

Counselling student rate - £35 per session. 

Please note: 24 hours' notice is required for cancellations, otherwise there is a charge for the missed session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I currently work variable hours Monday to Thursday between 9.30am and 8.00pm, excluding bank holidays.

Further information

For my face-to-face sessions, I work from a deaf awareness centre which is wheelchair accessible. The centre is based within a small shopping centre which has free car parking and bus stops nearby.

Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG2

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

Hearing induction loop
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

The centre I work from is on one ground floor level and is wheelchair accessible throughout.

Online platforms

Doxy