Hello and welcome,
People from all walks of life seek counselling at times in their lives
• Whether you’re feeling depressed & ruminating about past experience(s), or anxiously worrying about future event(s).
• Sometimes people are traumatised by things that happen to them while growing up, sometimes experiences as an adult.
• Maybe you want to explore your feelings, thoughts, reactions to other people, or make sense of their behaviour towards you.
• You might have a specific concern, or sometimes things don’t feel right in general.
• For some it is just a sense that something is wrong, missing, or, …isn’t there more to life?
• People often seek help when in distress but counselling isn’t just for the unwell! It can help individuals to live a more meaningful life & flourish.
If any of this resonates for you then please explore my website and contact me to see how counselling with me might help.
Counselling has helped people with a range of concerns:
· Anxiety & General Anxiety Disorder
· Relationship issues
· Work stress
· Adverse experiences in childhood
· Adult trauma
· Bereavement and loss
· Adjustment to change/transition
· Enduring mental health distress
· Autism spectrum concerns.
About my approach:
• I offer in-person, on-line and telephone counselling for individuals
• I offer short-term and open-ended time-frames
• I offer weekly appointments, generally on the same day & time each week. Occasionally I recommend a more frequent meeting arrangement if there is clinical reason
• I offer weekday daytime, evening and Saturday appointments. Appointment availability will vary depending on the location of our meeting.
• At a first meeting we would normally discuss your concern(s), some background details, practical arrangements for our meeting, give you chance to ask me any questions, and, importantly, try to work out whether we are a good match to work together to work on what is concerning you. Together we will agree how to proceed thereafter.
• I seek to create a welcoming, safe, non-judgemental, and confidential space for people to explore and reflect on thoughts, feelings, and behaviours about whatever is the concern.
• In terms of my approach; I integrate ideas and strategies from a number of psychological approaches e.g. humanistic, psychodynamic and analytic, CBT, plus others. I also draw on latest developments from the research literature and neuroscience.
• Forming these into a client centred, philosophically coherent approach aimed towards a richer & more authentic way of living.
• With the emphasis on the client-counsellor relationship at the heart of the therapy.
• I am an experienced and qualified counsellor, assessor and tutor. Presently I work as a counsellor in private practice and I work in the mental health field in education.
• I am passionate about helping individuals in distress while respecting their difference. And see both counselling and education as empowering people to live more authentic, richer, & more meaningful lives, by bringing a deeper psychological understanding to our experiences and relationships.
• Before training as a counsellor I had a career in industry and in the health & social care sector.
• When not counselling, or involved with my other work, I like to divide my time between family & friends, being, especially in the out-doors, and my music interests.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have practised in a number of organisations:
• I have worked in three different general counselling services, each in very different and diverse communities. Between them I have worked to short, medium & long term goals. In total this is >10yrs experience.
• I have over 8yrs experience providing counselling services to the NHS at Primary Care level.
• Over 6yrs in private practice.
• Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies – Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University.
– I have already completed 5yrs of this training & am presently on a study break before returning to complete the final stage.
• BSc (Hons) Degree in Psychology with Philosophy.
• British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).
- – registered member.
• The British Psychological Society.
- – graduate member.
- – division of Counselling Psychology (in training member).
As part of my continuing professional development I regularly attend workshops & seminars relevant to the field.
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
• I charge £45 for a 50 minute appointment
• At present I am only able to accept payment by;
• I do have to charge for missed sessions or sessions cancelled at short notice (<24hrs). If I am able to make use of the appointment for someone else then the fee is waived.
• I offer a small number of reduced price appointments each week for those in hardship. Please ask about concessionary places.
• I am based in comfortable consulting rooms in the DE15 area of Burton-on-Trent, and the DE1 area of Derby.
• My rooms are not far from Burton town centre, and Derby city centre.
• My professional registration is with the BACP. I subscribe to the codes of ethics of my professional member organisations.
• I hold professional indemnity & public liability insurance.