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MBACP, Dip. Couns, MSc Psychology (Open)

About me

 What will you get with me?

I am friendly, caring, compassionate and I truly do care about your well-being. I will provide a space where you can talk (or talk only a bit if that is what you need) and I will listen and be present with you. I understand that trust can sometimes take a while which is understandable and normal so I will be patient, understanding and non-judgemental when listening to you.

​I currently work with adults in private practice and with adults (mainly parents) at a family hub working with a range of mental health difficulties. I am also a bereavement counsellor working with adults in a hospice, where the age ranges from young adults to older adults (over 80’s). My personal experience of working with more older adults has demonstrated that it does not matter what age you are, counselling can be hugely beneficial.

​Person-Centred is the approach I use as a base for my sessions with clients which means the sessions are led by you, this could seem daunting and some clients worry that they need to ‘bring’ something to every session. But all it means is that the sessions revolve around what you need at that time. You may not know what that is, which is ok, I am here to guide you through that. When I say ‘base’, this means that I am not restricted to this approach therefore if your situation/you requires a more integrated or structured approach, then this is what happens. Clients often say when they finish a session that they didn’t think they had anything to talk about.  It can be surprising what you do or do not talk about, but it’s important to understand that there is no pressure and some weeks, some things may or may not seem as important which is why it is best to go with what you need at that time.

​Person-centred counselling aims to help you understand yourself so you can know what the best is for you, and that is what I incorporate within my sessions. This involves guiding you to where you want to be by understanding who you are and working together to encourage the freedom to be able to make decisions without all the noise that often surrounds us in day-to-day life.

I may be your counsellor, but I have also been a client, so I understand the reservations, the hesitations, the feelings around initially having counselling and the whole process of counselling. I hope knowing this provides you with reassurance that whilst I can never know exactly what you are going through, I am certainly familiar with all of those normal human feelings that are involved when building a relationship with a counsellor.

​​The relationship between counsellor and client is, I feel, the most important and integral part for any personal growth to really happen. That doesn’t mean we have to have some things in common, the one thing we have in common in the sessions is that the sessions are about you. How often in everyday life do you get to sit with someone where it is purely just about you, no conflicting advice from family or friends or well-meaning colleagues/acquaintances. There will be differences between you and me like there are with every single person you meet however that only makes every client to me, unique.

​I will be me. What I mean by that is you will gain a sense of who I am as a person whilst in the sessions, with the aim that you will feel like you are talking to a human being not a robot. What this aims to do is make you feel more comfortable to be yourself, not the different versions of you that other people may know……. but who is Naturally You.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MBACP-  Member of the British Association for counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
  • BSc- Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Social and Psychological Inquiry
  • MSc- Master of Science in Psychology

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.

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Fees

£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs

Additional information

£45.00 for a 50 minute session, face to face or online. 

When I work

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Further information

Face to face sessions take place within a private, safe home setting, located in the Shorne area of Kent.  There is plenty of free off road parking surrounding the location.

I offer a free telephone assessment (approx. 15 minutes), just to talk about needs and expectations to determine whether counselling sessions between you and me is the best way forward. 

There is no pressure for you to book a session following this chat. 

Gravesend, Kent, DA12

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

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