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Bsc (Hons), Dip. Couns. Reg. MBACP MBPsS

About me

Life is complicated and sometimes it can become too difficult to cope with on your own; it is alright to ask for help. I am here to listen to you, to listen to your story on your terms and to try to understand the world from your point of view so we can help you work life's complications out together. I am here to help you to get to where you need to be in life.

My main aim in counselling is to provide you with a safe, warm and private space to talk and be heard non-judgmentally and with compassion. I am a registered member of the BACP, which means that I abide by a strict ethical framework to make sure that I am working ethically, safely and to the best of my ability with my clients. I undergo regular supervision and attend courses and carry out further reading to make sure that I have the best knowledge I can to assist the therapeutic process.

I approach counselling from an integrative approach that incorporates psychodynamic therapy with humanism, CBT and mindfulness. This means that I have an advantage of being able to pull from several sources of therapeutic theory and use the skills and tools that suit you best. I am passionate about the counselling that I offer and with the time and space needed to reflect on past and present issues and experiences, we can work together to become more aware of what is really going on to help you move on.

Ultimately, no one really wants to suffer and we all want to be happy and my aim is to help you on your journey towards that.


I offer short-term therapy (6-8 sessions) to longer, open-ended therapy. I can do home visits also (to be negotiated), please contact me to discuss further.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative) which means I am qualified to work as a counsellor and assist you with any issues that may be troubling you. I have completed the Certificate of Proficiency, which is the latest qualification required by qualified members of the BACP to complete to show that they are ethically competent.

In addition to working as qualified counsellor I also hold a Foundation Degree in Counselling and have undertaken Cruse Bereavement training. I hold a second degree in Psychology with First Class Honours with the plan of eventually gaining a Doctorate. My main research interests include anxiety and how our social world impacts upon that. I currently tutor counselling to trainee counsellors. 

As well as having experience working with adults, I have additional experience working with small children and young adults. I have been working in schools for the past seven years and I work for an agency providing counselling services in primary and secondary schools. I also work for an agency specialising in bereavement counselling and I am trained to offer this for both children and adults. I carry out Continual Professional Development, undergo regular supervision and undertake further reading on a regular basis.

I have had experience with issues including:

  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • Bereavement
  • Narcissism
  • Eating disorders
  • Abuse (sexual, emotional, etc)
  • Relationship issues
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • etc.....

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

Areas of counselling I deal with

Fees

£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My fee for a 50 minute session is £45. Each session will last 50 minutes where a contract for our work together will be agreed at the end of the session if you wish to continue.

There is limited availability for reduced fees for those in financial hardship. Reduced fees are negotiated before the first session. Sessions tend to be once a week and are during weekdays and some evenings.

I operate a 24 hour cancellation policy.

I currently have no availability. Any future sessions will be online only

When I work

Weekdays and some evenings

Further information

Please contact me to discuss the work that we can do together, if I do not pick up please leave a message and I will contact you back within 24 hours.


Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access.

Ashford, Kent, TN23

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
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