Sometimes, when we’re experiencing difficulties or problems, it’s not easy to acknowledge that we need help. Making the first contact with a counsellor might feel a little daunting, but it can be an important first step. My focus is to create a safe place for you to explore whatever it is that’s on your mind.
Counselling can help us understand ourselves better and the choices we make. By connecting our past to our present, we can begin making sense of where we are in life, allowing us to make changes for our future.
I offer a confidential, safe and non-judgemental environment to ensure that our working relationship can grow and develop, so that we can work together on the difficulties you face, helping you work towards personal growth.
As an accredited member of BACP, I adhere to their ethical framework, which involves working in the client’s best interests at all times, ensuring that they receive a service of high quality. Therefore, I strive to place my client at the centre of the process throughout our work, so that they have a strong sense of feeling heard and helped, as they embark on their journey to personal development and change.
On our first meeting you will be able to tell me about the difficulties you are facing in your life and we can talk about what you are hoping to achieve by coming to counselling. We can then explore the prospect of working together and plan the best way forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an honours degree in Psychology and I am a qualified Couple Counsellor (Relate trained) and therapist. I am an accredited member with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). My qualifications are in integrative counselling, which focuses on Psychodynamic and Person-Centred approaches. I have also completed Diploma (level 5) in Psychotherapeutic Counselling which includes CBT training. My way of working is primarily client led, focusing on the individual and their specific needs.
I have a wide range of experience working with different issues such as anxiety, depression, self worth, relationship issues, bereavement, sexual abuse, loss, trauma and more. Whatever difficulty you are facing in your life, I feel confident that I can offer you a safe and supportive relationship, within which we can help you work toward a more positive future.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Each session costs £40 for individuals and £45 for couples, with payment made at the end of each session. A session lasts 50 minutes and we will meet once a week. We can agree to work short-term or long-term, depending on your needs and wishes.
Offering some evening sessions and I will try to accommodate your specific needs.
Please feel free to get in touch by phone, email or text. You can also have a look at my website for more information.
Making the first contact can be hard – not knowing what counselling or the counsellor is about – but taking this first step can make all the difference.