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BA Hons, Dip. Couns, Reg, MBACP

About me

Welcome!

I am a qualified counsellor based in both Ockendon and Hornchurch. I have a wide range of experience working in various settings with children, adolescents, adults and couples.

I work to provide a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space for you to explore and identify your difficulties at a comfortable pace. Whatever you are going through, we can work together to help you make sense of your experiences.

I use an Integrative approach which means that I have trained in various therapy models. These include Humanistic, CBT, Psychodynamic and TA. I decided to train in this way as it enables me to offer alternative methods of helping and allows me to adapt my approach to suit your individual needs and circumstances. I believe that therapy is not about telling you what to do; it is about nurturing your personal growth, becoming self-aware and guiding you, so you can find your solutions and make positive changes.

I am a relational counsellor, and the essence of my approach is empathic understanding and emotional connection with my clients. Some clients have attended their first session expecting it to be quite formal, which they soon realise it isn't. There are no airs and graces. It is important that we are comfortable with each other and can build a trusting therapeutic relationship. Many of us put on masks and put up barriers to the external world, but in the counselling room, you are free to be yourself. I will not judge you, and I will accept you as you are. Your feelings are real and valid and will be acknowledged in our counselling space.

I decided to become a counsellor due to the difficulties I have experienced in my personal life. Counselling helped me understand myself, and I became aware of how my thoughts and feelings impacted my mood and behaviours. It taught me that I could change, which was incredibly empowering. I knew from then on that I wanted to help others achieve their potential.

I appreciate that deciding to seek help can feel overwhelming and exhausting, especially when experiencing emotional pain. The stigma attached to mental health can leave you feeling judged or that there is something wrong with you. Therapy can offer you the space to unload the stresses of life in which you can experience being heard. It can help you heal and provide you with the tools to help yourself in the future.

I offer counselling support for many social issues, and I am particularly interested in matters of domestic violence, narcissism, drugs and alcohol and relationship/family problems. 

I work in primary and secondary schools and an agency setting. I also work with children from the ages of 5-18. I have run a social inclusion project for young people that are in or are leaving the social care system. The group participants had a range of difficulties and were from diverse backgrounds.

The most crucial aspect of working with children and young people is to ensure that they feel safe and secure. Trust is vital! Therefore, my first aim is to build a relationship with them, so they feel comfortable and safe. Once this has been established, we can explore their inner world. I also work with children and young people that are neurodivergent and have supported with Adhd, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Autism.

Being supported, valued and understood can lead to new ways of understanding yourself. Establishing and setting therapeutic goals can help you identify what you hope to achieve or accomplish. The space that I offer is yours for 50 minutes. During that time, I aim to help you understand what is causing and maintaining your difficulties, as this is important for healing and moving forward. Your needs will lead me, and I will always be honest and transparent with you. Together we will find new ways of dealing with the challenges you face.

I realise that it can be challenging to make initial contact with a counsellor. Therefore, I offer a free 15-minute telephone consultation, so you can decide whether I am the right counsellor for you. Alternatively, you can email or text me if that feels more comfortable.

I can also offer schools a counselling or family support package. Don't hesitate to get in touch with me for further discussion.

Telephone or online therapy is also available.

Training, qualifications & experience

In addition to my private practice, my professional experience includes counselling the elderly or disabled in their homes, counselling children in primary, secondary and in an agency setting. I also ran groups for a social inclusion project, working with young people that are in, or are leaving the care system. This includes mentoring, coaching and emotional support.

I am registered with the DBS update service and have an enhanced up to date DBS.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I adhere to their ethical framework and attend monthly supervision for all of my counselling and mentoring work.

I have completed various safeguarding and child protection training and my certificates are up to date. I attend regular CPD workshops and have attended the following so far -

  • Child protection
  • Safeguarding children Level 3
  • Safeguarding adults Level 2
  • Art and Play therapy
  • Internet safety for children
  • The abused and the abuser
  • J9 training (Domestic abuse)
  • Self harm and suicide
  • ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia
  • Rewind Therapy (Trauma)
  • Living with the dominator
  • Drugs and alcohol - Impact on families
  • Attachment
  • FGM
  • Children and young people's mental health
  • How to do counselling online- a coronavirus primer
  • Certificate in online and telephone counselling

I hold the following professional qualifications -

  • BA Honours degree in Person Centred/Existential counselling
  • Level 4 Diploma in integrative counselling
  • Level 2 certificate in counseling skills and theory AQA
  • Registered member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • I am currently studying a foundation certificate in Systemic couples and family therapy and a certificate in Adoption support counselling. 

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

From £35.00 to £45.00

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

From £40- Standard fee for individual 50 minute session.

From £70 - Standard fee for couples 50 minute session.

Student rates and concessions available on request.

School package prices available after further discussion.

When I work

Available days, evenings and weekends

Further information

I am happy to attend schools for one to one counselling, mentoring or coaching sessions.

I am also able to offer mentoring and coaching private sessions. Please contact me to discuss.

I am able to offer discounted sessions for telephone and Zoom sessions at this time.

Hornchurch, RM12

South Ockendon, Essex, RM15

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations

Key details

I am able to offer telephone or Zoom sessions