Sometimes we need support to help us deal with difficult experiences, situations and emotions. Counselling can help us to understand ourselves and our relationships better, become aware of unhelpful patterns, or help us to develop strategies and skills which can help us to cope with situations or emotions that we are struggling with. Counselling can help us to find our inner strength or rediscover the person we are inside, helping us to cope and move forward. My aim is to provide a safe, confidential space for you to feel able to talk about emotions, experiences or concerns (past or present) that may be causing difficulties or preventing you from experiencing life as you would like to.
I specialise in person centred counselling , which means that we will focus on your individual experience and in a way that suits you. We will work together to explore the things that are troubling you at a pace you feel comfortable with, when you can feel confident you will experience no pressure or judgement and will be treated with kindness, empathy and support.
I have also had training in other approaches which I can use depending on a client’s needs and regularly attend further training courses and workshops to broaden my knowledge and skills. I am qualified to work with adults and young people and came to counselling with many years previous work experience in roles supporting both adults and young people experiencing difficulties, and supporting them to move forward with their lives.
It is important that your counsellor is the right fit for you, and for this reason I will suggest we arrange an initial conversation (no cost) for you to decide whether you would like to work with me, and to confirm that I am able to meet your needs. I understand it can sometimes be difficult to make that first step of making an enquiry, you're welcome to make contact by phone, or by email or text initially if you would prefer.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which means I work within a strict code of ethics. I am qualified to work with both adults and young people. I have worked with people experiencing a wide range of difficulties including anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bereavement, low self-esteem, low confidence, anger difficulties, relationship difficulties and breakdown, family problems, caring responsibilities, difficult life experiences, life changes, domestic and emotional abuse. I have also worked with people who have experienced narcissistic abuse and understand the wide ranging impact that this experience can have on a person.
Professional Qualifications and Training:
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
- Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Level 4 Diploma in Relationship and Couples Counselling
Training courses attended include:
- Rewind technique (for trauma)
- Suicide awareness training
- Transactional analysis
- Understanding substance misuse
- Drug and alcohol awareness
- Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence
- Coercive Control
- Hidden Sentence (understanding the support needs of prisoners' families)
- Adverse Childhood Experiences
- Refugee Experience Awareness
- Sand and Art Therapy
- Creative and Play Therapy
- Photography as a Therapeutic Tool
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 per session
Online counselling - £40 per session for individuals
Reduced rates available for student counsellors by arrangement