In this unsettling time when we are all affected by the Coronavirus crisis, I am offering reduced rate telephone or online sessions.
Things not working out how you want them to? Struggling to make sense of it all? Difficult situations getting you down or causing anxiety? Sometimes in life we experience unforeseen events or changes that can upset us and affect our mood and confidence, and lead to anxiety or depression. Experiences of loss, relationship issues, changes of circumstance or changes in ourselves or those we are close to, can all affect us in ways that upset our sense of balance and purpose. This can propel us into difficult experiences and emotions, raising questions about our lives and what it's all about.
If you are experiencing difficult life situations like these, I offer a safe and reflective space to explore what is going on in a soulful and compassionate way. Through honouring the different aspects of your experience, past and present, and uncovering what stirs and moves you in life, a deeper understanding can arise, bringing a clearer sense of how to move forward.
I am an experienced Psychotherapeutic Counsellor offering short and long-term counselling to adults and young people over sixteen. I have a Diploma in Integrative Transpersonal Counselling from Re-Vision, a highly regarded training centre in London, which draws on and integrates a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches aimed at fostering a 'soulful' perspective where depth and meaning are honoured and can arise.
Like many people, I have had difficult experiences in my life, which have been hard to understand and move on from. Having therapy myself helped me come to terms with these experiences, and find meaningful perspectives that helped me to change how I relate to them. I now value and draw on these experiences and what they have taught me, as I walk alongside others trying to make sense of their lives. I am very aware of how helpful, challenging, and rewarding the therapeutic journey can be, and how much courage it takes to take the first steps and find a therapist or counsellor.
If you choose to work with me, I hope you will find me to be caring, down-to-earth and non-judgemental. I bring to my counselling practice a genuine curiosity and care for people and their issues, and a desire to help you come to know, accept and appreciate yourself and your life experiences more fully.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Transpersonal Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling
from Re-Vision, London (BACP and UKCP accredited)
Diploma in Social Work from the University of the West of England
From a young age I was drawn to working in the caring professions, and have done so for many years in different settings; as a mental health support work, a hospice nursing auxiliary, and as a social worker with adults with drug or alcohol problems, and adults with HIV. More recently, I worked for a charity counselling people affected by life threatening illness, both those with an illness, their carers, and those facing the loss of a loved one.
As a counsellor, I have experience of working with a range of issues such as anxiety, stress, low mood, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, family issues, addictions, life transitions, sexuality, trauma and loss.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and follow their ethical frame work for good practice. My training is accredited with the UKCP. I am committed to my own personal and professional development and maintain up-to-date knowledge through ongoing participation in professional training programmes, and I undertake regular supervision for my private practice to ensure that I am providing the best care for my clients. I am fully insured.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling people affected by life threatening illness - those with an illness, or their carers, friends or relatives.
Counselling people facing life transitions - coming of age, leaving home, career changes, having a family, relationship changes, mid-life crisis, ageing.
All my sessions are for 50 minutes
Each session costs £40
The initial consultation session is £25
I have a limited number of concessionary spaces available for those who can't afford the full price. If I have any available when you enquire, we can negotiate a price.
During the coronavirus crisis I am offering:
online video or telephone sessions for £35
with the initial consultation for £20.