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Chartered Psychologist (BPS) and Counsellor (MBACP/NCS)

About me

Thank you for considering how my services as a chartered psychologist and counsellor could help unravel the questions and/or challenges you are facing right now.

Being part of the LGBT+ community I have seen how life can throw many diverse LGBTQ-related challenges at our community that cause us to question our sense of self. Yet I believe within these challenging times we have the ability to grow and develop - even flourish - through the untangling of our internal and external worlds: who we are, our authentic selves, others around us and the world in which we live.

During therapy, I will always provide a trusting and safe space for you to explore your feelings and emotions. This includes assisting you in understanding these feelings and emotions (and possible challenges) as well as the possibilities for positive growth and change. Through this process, then, we can start to navigate - collaboratively - the challenges you are facing as a way to seek out solutions and further possibilities.

If you would like to speak to me about how I can support you, please call or email and I can book a free 15-minute consultation for us to explore what you want to get out of counselling as well as how I can support you. Then, if you are happy to continue, we can look at setting up a session (you don’t have to confirm in the initial consultation).

Training, qualifications & experience

I am registered with The British Psychological Society (BPS) as a Chartered Psychologist.

I am also registered as a qualified counsellor with The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and The National Counselling Society (NCS). 

Qualifications:

  • Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling - Distinction
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Health and Wellbeing - Distinction
  • MA Community Psychology - Pass
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Psychology and Disability - Pass 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BPS

British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society

NCS

National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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

National Counselling Society

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.

National Counselling Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • LGBT+ discrimination, stigma, bullying
  • Bisexual Allied
  • Body Positivity
  • HIV / AIDS Allied
  • Intersex Allied
  • Lesbian Allied
  • Non-Binary Allied
  • Open Relationships Non-Monogamy
  • Racial Justice Allied
  • Sex Worker Allied
  • Sex-Positive
  • Kink Allied
  • Single Mother
  • Transgender Allied

Fees

From £35.00 to £85.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Sliding scale - £35 to £85

When I work

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Bristol, Somerset, BS6

Type of session

Online
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