My private counselling practice, based in Saffron Walden, Essex, is here to help individuals facing difficulties around loss (in all its forms), anxiety and dysfunctional behaviour. These are things that many of us experience at some stage, often affecting our physical and mental health – and ultimately the quality of our lives.
And that’s where I believe counselling makes a positive difference. It can enable people to find a better quality of life for themselves.
Helpful counselling depends to a large extent on the relationship between counsellor and client, so it’s important to find the right counsellor for you. Easier said than done perhaps! There are many different approaches – each with benefits and limitations – so it’s worthwhile considering which works for you.
To keep it simple, I describe my approach as Person Centred and I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) where appropriate for the client. My approach may appeal more to those looking for ways to manage their current levels of distress or anxiety rather than explore the historical or unconscious causes.
Training, qualifications & experience
My introduction to talking therapies goes back to 1987, when I attended a counselling summer school at York University led by Professor Gerard Egan (author of ‘The Skilled Helper’). I was employed and sponsored at the time by British Telcom, who recognised the business benefit of providing work-place counselling – especially during times of considerable change and upheaval.
Much of my work has been with leaders, managers and employees, who for one reason or another, were experiencing high levels of stress, distress or anxiety at work. This invariably affected not only their performance, but also the overall quality of their life. For many, I believe counselling was a key factor in them taking back control of their lives and rediscovering that quality.
Between 2002 and 2015, I worked as a Cruse bereavement counsellor. I hold an MSc in Counselling from Bristol University and am an accredited Neuro Linguistic Programming practitioner (NLP). I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am currently studying for a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
I now divide my time between corporate and private clients, working from my consulting room in Saffron Walden.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Typically I suggest working with clients for a minimum of 4 and maximum of 12 sessions - each session being 60 minutes. And it’s important to stress that the number of sessions is entirely decided by the client.
Sessions are held in my private consulting room and the fee is £48.00 per session. I also offer on-line sessions, using the ZOOM and /or Skype platforms.
Concessions offered for
During the current COVID-19 pandemic and the necessary social distancing guidelines, I am very keen to provide on-line support to anyone experiencing distress and difficulties related to loneliness and isolation.
I offer a free 30 minute introductory on-line session using the ZOOM platform. Subsequent on-line sessions would then be charged at £20 for 45 minutes. If this would be of interest to you, please do contact me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange a session.