I understand walking through my own journey of life how it has and still can be an obstacle course, confusing and emotionally painful. At times it can be difficult to see the wood from the trees and how you may feel isolated and alone and feel that no one can possibly understand what is happening to you.
You may be going through difficult experiences, such as a relationship breakdown, bereavement or redundancy. Or you may want help with feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety, anger or low self-worth that don't seem to be connected to any one particular event. Just remember you are not alone.
Through my life experiences and training I have learnt that we bring all of ourselves into interactions with others and that the whole individual (beliefs, up bringing and personal environment) influences our emotions and behaviour. Which impacts on how we understand and fit into the world.
My personal approach as a Counsellor/Life Coach is rooted in a Person centred perspective, based upon my belief in the human potential for growth and personal development. A growth and development that is achievable if desired when given the right conditions and support. To support this I draw upon an integrative model of theories in the forms of Solution Focus, Gestalt, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Meditation, Attachment and Inner child work.
What I offer is three essential qualities, which I believe create a safe, supportive and challenging therapeutic environment, these are:-
- A deep acceptance of you and your world
- A desire to understand you and your world
- A commitment to being genuine in the relationship.
To help you understand, 'Why you Feel as you Feel and Do as you Do?' My experience has shown me that awareness is the key to unlock change.
My form of counselling is not about giving advice. It works with a skilled process, which will enable you to connect with your emotional strength, reflect upon your experiences and will if you desire empower you to find the necessary skills and resources to put you back in control of your life. I work with various different channels and creative media to provide you with these skills for the future.
I work face to face, via e-mail and telephone both short or long term, whichever feels right for you.
Sessions are usually once a week and last 60 minutes.
I offer sessions at various times during the week, weekends and evenings subject to availability.
If you would prefer to speak to me directly please call me on Mobile:07519554016. You can leave a message which is totally confidential and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
Foundation Degree in Counselling - Bath Spar University (FdSc)
Level 4 & 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB)
Certificate in Counselling skills - intermediate - Assessment and Qualifications (AQA)
Anger Management Training
Knowledge and experience around Penny Parkes Inner child work
25 Years experience/qualifications relating to behaviour and learning difficulties from childhood to adult
3 Years experience as a Volunteer Counsellor with Local Educational Authority (LEA) Community Family Service - North
I am an member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and am bound by the ethical framework for good practice produced by the BACP. I have regular supervision of my work in line with BACP guidelines.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I specialise in working with children emotionally and behaviourally from the age of 4 through to adolescents to young adults. My approach focuses on not only working with the children and young people on a 1:1 basis, but also equipping parents to deal with the stress and anxiety particular difficulties may have caused.
I also work with adults.
I also offer bespoke practical approach work shops in stress, anxiety and assertiveness.
Finding the right counsellor for your needs takes more than a website profile, I believe that developing a relationship of shared trust and respect is essential for counselling to be effective. With this in mind I offer a free 30 minute assessment session being a time for us to meet face to face, and see if we can be comfortable working together, and allowing you the client the time to decide if you wish to engage in the counselling process. Remember your not alone.
£40 per hour session
Concessions for Covid 19 Key workers
Concessions for people financial impacted on due to Covid 19
Concessions are available for those on low income, benefits, students, single mums and Dads.
I work from:- 8am to 5pm Monday, 10am to 8pm Wednesday and 12mid-day to 8pm Thursday
My main practice is in Nailsea, Room F, First Floor, The Old Vicarage, Somerset Square, Nailsea, BS48 1RN.