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MBACP Dip.Couns

About me

Sometimes life can feel uncertain. At these challenging times it can be hard to cope and we can find ourselves overwhelmed and struggling.

I can help you make sense of these demanding and difficult times by offering you a safe, confidential space to talk about your feelings and problems. You will be given time to express yourself as you need to and explore your feelings and experiences. Our relationship, and how it develops, will be so important to the work we do together; helping you develop self-awareness and insight that can bring about meaningful change and improve your well-being.

For more information, please call me on 07900409948. I am happy to answer any question you may have. I also offer a free 30 minute session to talk about your current concerns, ask questions about counselling and /or to help you decide if working together could work for you. This can be booked after we have made initial contact.

I offer online and telephone counselling as well as face-to-face counselling in a safe, Covid-19 aware environment.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • CPCAB Award Introduction to Counselling Skills

I have previously worked as an Aspirations Counsellor for a regional branch of a national mental health charity, working with a wide range of emotional needs and mental health issues. I also have experience as an IAPT and low cost counsellor working for a counselling organisation in South London.

I am integratively trained, so can match a therapeutic model and technique to suit your needs.

Prior to being a counsellor, I worked in education and understand the pressures and demands from a professional and personal perspective.

Other Training:

  • Introduction to Psychosexual Therapy
  • Using CBT in Integrative Counselling
  • Working with Bereavement
  • Counselling online: a coronavirus primer (Open University)
  • Sleep problems
  • A Biopsychosocial Perspective on Addiction (Gabor Mate)
  • Neuroscience, the body and trauma
  • Working with Trauma in a Time of Trauma
  • Trauma Triggers and Flashbacks
  • Trauma and memory

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Sleep related issues

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Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

  • £50.00 per session for 50 minutes
  • Free initial telephone session - 30 minutes
  • £40.00 concession fee available for trainee counsellors and full-time students.

When I work

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Further information

If we decide to work together, all sessions are 50 minutes long and held weekly at the same time as agreed after our first initial telephone session.

You are free to chose if you would like to work in person or remotely, either by telephone or over zoom.

My practice is based in Orpington and is easily reached by public transport. Parking is available on the road and is not restricted.

I am not always available to answer my phone, so please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I am able to. Please be aware that due to confidentiality reasons I will not leave a message on your phone unless you have said it is ok to do so.

You can also email me.

Orpington, BR6

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Zoom
Whatsapp