Therapists and counsellors use lots of different approaches. However, we all seem to agree that the value of therapeutic work depends on the quality of relationship that develops between client and therapist. Every such relationship is unique and must meet your needs if it is to be useful.
I aim to offer a space in which you can feel supported in exploring painful issues or recurring patterns. You may start from a position of crisis or simply with a desire to review how your life is unfolding and how you might shape and realise more potential.
Whatever we do it is likely that we will look at how you nurture yourself, how you develop self esteem, and how you create and maintain the boundaries you need in your life. For some people the problem is not about maintaining boundaries but about being over-bounded and rigid, in which case we can explore how you might soften that and come into deeper contact with others as a result.
Most people bring useful insights about their past and we can explore those but I will also want to focus on whatever is going on for you right now. I may suggest that we work with dreams and images, or explore the emotional layers beneath physical sensations and health problems. There usually are some.
I have worked with my own issues in a variety of settings throughout my adult life. Sometimes this has been to deal with long term patterns and sometimes to deal with immediate crises. I understand how difficult it can be to start this process or to move into new stages of identifying and sharing what's going on. Every corner turned brings new challenges but should provide new views and renewed energy, even if the going is tough.
Having trained later in life I am able to bring a wealth of life experience to my work as a therapist but I also have a youthful outlook and believe that I can connect well with people of all ages.
If you might be interested in working with me then I suggest we either meet or talk on the phone to discuss this. There is no obligation to continue into counselling or therapy.
Sessions are, of course, confidential.
Training, qualifications & experience
In 2009 I undertook the One Year Course in Psychotherapy at Spectrum Therapy, London. This led me to join Spectrum’s experiential training. I gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Psychotherapy in 2012 and completed the Spectrum Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2014. I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and I carry professional indemnity.
In addition to working with adults I have significant experience of working with young people (>16yrs) through a placement in Further Education. I have also trained to work with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and carried out voluntary work in this field for a charity in Wales.
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
Normally £40/hr or £50 for couples. I am happy to have an initial chat about working together free of charge. I can see a limited number of clients at concessionary rates.
Under the current circumstances of the Covid 19 pandemic my fees are negotiable. I realise that your income may be unclear or have collapsed, particularly if self employed.
I mainly work in Llanidloes, Powys on a flexible basis. Home visits may be possible.