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Adv.Dip Couns MBACP (Accred)

About me

I am a Humanistic accredited Counsellor and I am experienced in working integratively with children and young people as well as adults. I work creatively allowing the opportunity for clients to express themselves in other ways as well as talking.

I believe you are the expert of yourself. I am here to help you work out what is right for you. I will endeavor to empathise have an understanding of your world,  and experience your emotions with you, keep you safe and therefore allow you to discover what is right for you. I believe working in this way at this deeper level with mind, body and spirit gives my clients a relationship they would not experience with anyone else in their life, being truly heard and understood, without judgment.  Creating this environment allows a person to explore all aspects of themselves, accepting, understanding and offloading emotions which can become debilitating in their everyday life.

I am trained to work with clients from a holistic perspective and adapt the therapy to a individuals unique needs, giving rise to my client being empowered to initiate change and move forward positively in their life, and to grow towards their own unique identity, to reach their own potential and to know what is best for them.

'The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am then I can change.' Carl Rogers

Training, qualifications & experience

As well as being an accredited Humanistic Counsellor, I have an Advanced Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People using Creative Arts. Completed with Play Therapy UK/ Leeds and Beckett University. I am a qualified EMDR Therapist. I have also over 12 years experience in Public Health, working for NHS and local government, including Stop Smoking Advisor (one to one and groups), Health Trainer, Public Health Champion and Food Champion with in the community working with children right through to adults.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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).

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

EMDR

Stop Smoking specialist

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer an initial free assessment then additional sessions are charged at £45 (student Counsellor rates are available)

When I work

I work during the daytime and evenings

West Hythe, Hythe, Kent, CT21

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults