I am a BACP accredited Integrative Counsellor and psychotherapist at Master level. I am also an evidence-based child and young people’s behaviour professional with 30 years plus experience of working with parents and professionals.
Therapy supports adults, children and young people with a regular space and time, face 2 face or online if that’s appropriate, in which to talk and build skills using CBT, Attachment Theory and a Person-Centred approach. This takes place within a home setting which client feedback says is welcoming, safe and comfortable.
Parenting confidence and skill comes first from understanding how you parent from the inside and this is the starting point. Sessions are individual to you, your family, your needs. You will get a unique service. I draw on the Accredited Mellow Parenting and Webster Stratton Parenting programmes in which I am an experienced practitioner. Parents give me positive feedback after just one session.
I will professionally guide you in your exploration of the issues and experiences you raise, with compassion. This is done using a range of age-appropriate resources looking at your thoughts, feelings and behaviours based on past, present and a belief about future experiences. This offers individuals the growth of personal insight, greater understanding, and empowerment - bringing about proactive positive change.
The theoretical knowledge I apply as an Integrative therapist, in creating this individual holistic blend of therapy, is to skillfully dovetail three established theories - Attachment, Person-Centred and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). This means that clients are better able to access the counselling that suits them, and which feels right.
I believe that we all really know what we need to heal ourselves but have for some reason lost the ability to access it. Counselling supports people in this reconnecting process.
I have worked in education since the late ’80s and delivered 10 Years of guided parenting and Early Years of Behaviour Consultancy, advising, training, and supporting professionals in schools and nurseries for Derby City Council. Latterly in my career, I trained to be a psychotherapist and have worked within charities and org. supporting a wide range of clientele, age, gender, sexuality, culture, and faith; carrying out assessments, developing case formulations, delivering the therapy, 121 or in small groups to work alongside and with other professionals.
All aims, goals and outcomes are discussed, measured, and regularly reviewed together. This ensures collaboration in your therapy or support; creating a trusted and reliable partnership that guides you whilst developing the skills and tools to care for your mental health and wellbeing or parenting into the future.
To "get started" call or email me to set up an initial session; we can also talk about what you want to get out of counselling or parenting and to discuss working with children and young people; if you are happy to continue, we will then book a session. These can be weekly/fortnightly.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have close to 30 years experience of working within the field of education and counselling. I am DBS checked and Accredited with the regulating body of counsellors and psychotherapists - www.bacp.co.uk/
The breadth of my initial knowledge and skill was gained from paid employment within the early year’s sector, primary and secondary schools and a further education college. This led into 10 years of consultancy work for the local authority. www.linkedin.com
Running latterly in parallel to my work in education has been my counselling practice of eight years. In addition to working for myself, I have delivered therapy in voluntary and paid establishments working with children, young people and adults (men and women) - Place2Be, Sure Start, Derby Women's Work, Safe Speak (Relate), mainstream and virtual school.
Clients feedback that they look forward to the sessions and find each visit beneficial. Measures document positive levels of change. People say they find my approach to be calming, caring, friendly and warm. Clients often comment positively on the way I speak, my accent and how I don't talk like a 'therapist'.
- MSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
- PGCE Behaviour and Education
- BA (Hons) Sociology
- NNEB - Diploma in Nursery Nursing
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Attachment to key adults in our early years sets up patterns of behaviour and understanding of ourselves and others as we move through our personal life, career and relationships with others. Triggers or raw spots can be activated by events, people or situations that make understanding and managing our emotions challenging to navigate. This can make us feel stuck or trapped in a cycle that brings distress and loss and behaviour that serve to hold us back from achieving our potential.
I am passionate about the application of the theory of Attachment and work with it to create an understanding of our basic needs in everyday activities, what are the emotional triggers and why linking that into the development of positive or negative coping strategies in children, teens and adults and the role they play today for you.
I have an extensive and practical knowledge of certificated parenting skills and children’s behaviour relating the Webster Stratton - Early Years and Accredited Mellow Parenting programme. I am able to provide support in this area separate from therapy to individuals and couples.
£40.00 per session
£40.00 per hour session. This is to be paid at or before each session and a receipt will be provided.
Cancelling with 24 hours of your appointment will incur a £25.00 charge. This is currently subject to therapist discretion due to management of the Clovis-19 virus.
Sessions are available weekdays and early evening, face 2 face or online. Get started by calling or dropping me an email to set up a brief phone chat before booking an initial session.
All my practice hours are supervised and delivered in line with the BACP ethical code of practice.
This provides you with a quality assurance.