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Psychotherapist and Counsellor

About me

Face-to-face, video and phone sessions available - if you are under stress of any kind associated with Covid19, please contact me to discuss how therapy could help you.

Would you benefit from having someone to talk to?  If you're feeling anxious, depressed, sad or fearful, not sure how to navigate difficult times, counselling can help you.

It's not easy to take the first step, but you can text, call or email me, whichever's easiest for you.  If you'd like to, we could arrange a phone call so that you can tell me about what brings you to counselling now, ask any questions about how counselling works, and get an idea as to whether you'd be comfortable meeting me for an initial session.

Training, qualifications & experience

Four year training leading to a Post-graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy.  Prior to this I completed a Certificate Course in Psychodynamic Theory and Counselling Skills at Reading University.

I am a Registered Member of the BACP and abide by the BACP Ethical Framework.

I have worked as a Young People's Counsellor in GP surgeries with ARC Counselling Service, Wokingham.  Before training as a psychotherapist, I worked for many years as a nurse.

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

I have personal and professional experience of the impact on families and friends when a loved one needs physical care either in their own home or in a care or residential setting - an often unfamiliar territory which can evoke very difficult feelings.

Following discussion, it may be possible to provide counselling in your own home or care setting, so long as appropriate privacy can be arranged.

Fees

From £50.00 to £60.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Standard rate £50 at Emmer Green (RG4) and £60 at Anchor Counselling (RG1).

Some reduced fee places are available at both locations, please enquire.

When I work

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Monday afternoon/evening, Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning/afternoon/evening, Friday morning/afternoon.

Further information

All of us will experience change and loss in our lives - through relationships ending, changing jobs, moving house, as well as bereavement, redundancy, ill-health or financial difficulties.  I can offer you support and understanding as you explore the new world you find yourself in, and help you give yourself the time and space you need to gather your strength and get ready to move forward.

Feeling anxious or depressed are often signs of things not being right somewhere in your life - in weekly counselling sessions you can explore what lies behind your current feelings, look at what changes you can make and the resources you have or need for this.

Emmer Green, Reading, RG4

The Rosedale Clinic, 48 Redlands Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5HR

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Level access counselling room at Emmer Green, Reading RG4

Online platforms

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