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DipHIC, MBACP

About me

"It is the relationship that heals" - Irvin D. Yalom

Why come to see a counsellor?

We all experience difficulties at one time or another. It could be that our relationships aren’t all we'd like them to be. Or perhaps we feel anxious, depressed, lonely, or we’re grieving a loss. Perhaps we behave in ways that we'd rather not, or that we don't understand. Or maybe life has lost its meaning, we've lost our sense of direction, feel stuck, or just don't know who we are any more.

Counselling offers a safe, confidential space in which to explore such issues in relationship with someone who is skilled, non-judgemental, and really there for you. A space in which to come to terms with things, and allow them to change for the better.

Counselling generally works best on a weekly basis. Short term therapy for specific issues may last for a few months, while deeper work may continue for several years.

Training, qualifications & experience

What kind of a counsellor am I?

I became a counsellor in my 40s, and bring all my previous life’s experience into my work with my clients.

I’m a person-centred counsellor; integrating Jungian and Buddhist understanding into my approach to helping others. I love deep, life-changing work; exploring what it is to be human, what it is to be you. I aim to enter as authentically as I can into my relationships with my clients. In my experience, the understanding and change you seek can be found in such a relationship.

I qualified at Bath Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy - Level 6 Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling (with distinction). During my four and a half years of training, I spent over 3 years in clinical placement, but now work exclusively as a private practitioner. I have experience of working with a wide range of issues, particularly trauma and addiction.

I'm a member of BACP, and abide by their Ethical Framework.

I’m fully insured.

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Spiritual, Religious, Buddhism

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

I offer a free 50 minute initial session, by Zoom or telephone, to allow you to get a feel for the way I work as a counsellor. If you decide that you’d like to take up therapy with me, I then charge £50 per 50 minute session.

I offer several low cost places a week. Please feel free to ask about this if my normal fee is more than you can afford.

When I work

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Afternoon
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I see clients Monday to Wednesday. My first session of the day starts at 9am, my last starts at 7pm.

Further information

With the easing of social restrictions, I am once again offering in person counselling. Remote counselling, by Zoom or telephone, continues to be available. (updated 01/08/21)

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Zoom

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