BA (Hons), Dip Couns. MBACP
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Maybe your struggling with anxiety, depression or bereavement; with relationships in your personal life or at work; with alcohol, drugs or a challenging behaviour; or just feeling sad and wondering where your life is going. Or perhaps you are worried about your sexuality and would like to talk to someone who is not there to judge but help make sense of what is going on for you and who has been there before.
You may feel embarrassed considering counselling as an option, having coped on your own before now. And feeling anxious about talking to a stranger. I know that reaching out can be hard and scary! But it can help!
What is counselling and does it work?
Counselling is an intentional and purposeful activity which research suggests, on average, "has positive effects on mental health and wellbeing" (Cooper, 2008). Sometimes we reach a point in our lives where we "get stuck" or find it hard to move on from difficult thoughts, feelings or behaviours. I know because I have been there too. But I believe we all have the capacity to self-heal, change and grow. And if you are reading this, you may wish to start your own journey.
What do clients say?
"I am grateful that i took the step to ask for help as I feel I have gained the
tools to help me address my anxieties. More importantly having someone listening to me (without judgement) and telling me that it is ok to feel the way that I do has helped massively and has allowed me to accept what has happened and that I can move forward without my pass weighing heavily on my shoulders. So thank you, you have helped me more than you can possibly know. "
"Counselling allowed me to reach my goal of becoming abstinent from alcohol, helping me to openly discuss specific aspects of my life which I had been unable to talk about with counsellors who did not identify as LGBTQ in a non-judgemental way. "
I bring maturity, knowledge, skills and life experience into my counselling relationships, working in a collaborative way that is non-judgmental, empathic and genuine. You bring yourself and your own knowledge, skills and experience. Working together makes us stronger.
I believe there is no "right way" to "do therapy" and each psychotherapeutic approach has its own unique contribution to make. In developing a shared understanding of what you need and want from therapy, we can work together in a way that best suits your own individual preferences, and effectively tailor therapy to your own specific needs. Sometimes we see ourselves as the problem rather than the problem itself being the problem. And I find it is more helpful to talk about what you are experiencing rather than merely label it, or indeed yourself!
Our First Contact
Our first call is not charged and gives you a chance to tell me a bit more about what you are hoping get out of counselling, covering ethical issues such as confidentiality.
What to do now
If you are interested in finding our more about me, or how I work, please give me a call. I very much look forward to hearing from you.
Cooper, M., 2008. Essential Research Findings in Counselling and Psychotherapy. London: SAGE.
McLeod, J., & McLeod, J., 2011. Counselling Skills A Practical Guide for Counsellors and Helping Professionals. 2nd ed. England: Open University Press.
McLeod, J., 2019. An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy. 6th ed. London: Open International Publishing Ltd..
Training, qualifications & experience
- Emotion Focused Therapy (level 1)
- Diploma Person-Centred Counselling
- HN Certificate Counselling
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
- CRUSE Specialist Bereavement Course
- Advanced Alcohol Awareness
- Alcohol Brief Intervention Delivery (ABI)
- Telephone and Online Counselling (ACTO Level 1 approved)
- SVQ Aromatherapy
- Four years counselling clients who present with alcohol/ drug related problems but who have many underlying issues.
- Volunteer with CRUSE Bereavement (Scotland).
- Four years of working with older adults who experience loss, loneliness and social isolation.
- Experience of working with deaf clients using BSL interpreting services.
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Twelve-step programme work.
- A lifetime of personal experience.
- PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP
- Member of British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, working to their ethical values and moral principles
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £30.00 to £45.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Evening or Daytime appointments available. Cancellation fees apply if less than 24 hours notice given to cancel appointments.
- Initial telephone enquiry and consultation is free of charge
- Counselling appointment (face to face) per session is £45
- Counselling appointment (telephone or online) per session is £45
- Home visit price depending on location (price confirmed on request)
- Concession fees (online only) £30 for retired persons, students or unemployed.
When I work
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, most appointments are currently done online via zoom. However, a restricted number of face-to-face appointments are now available
Registered with Information Commissioners Office (ICO)
Member of PVG Scheme for Adults and Children