BSc MSc Eng MBACP
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A good relationship and genuinely ‘feeling felt’ both play a huge part in the success of talking therapy. I came to this profession after living an exceptionally full and challenging life and feel this was where every path I ever took was leading to – helping others navigate the mental well being difficulties I, and many others, have and continue to face.
Sometimes we are aware of the exact reason(s) we feel the need to talk to someone, at other times it can be a struggle to pinpoint why we feel so low. Modern life carries more pressures than ever, and a non-judgemental space, where you can reflect with clarity, in an empathic environment, is vital to maintaining a good sense of who you are.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an Integrative therapist with a grounding in Person Centred Therapy and a Registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP).
As a therapist my task is to make myself obsolete, to help you to become your own 'safe base'. I don't want to make you better, I want to help you take the responsibility for making yourself better and want the process for this improvement in your well being to be as clear to you as possible.
If you can bring your whole self, dark and light, we can reflect and explore freely your own thoughts and experiences (be they now, recent or long past).
Life can feel good when the only validation you really need is internal, when you know you are being the best version of yourself that you can be, when you forgive yourself the occasional, inevitable mistake and when you choose to worry only about those things for which you can affect change. A lot of the pain we experience is associated with thoughts.
Self acceptance and self love takes time and an increased knowledge of yourself. It can be a painful journey of discovery, is likely to involve looking at the things that shaped you from the past, but the rewards that come from that personal growth become exponential over time. It’s an iterative journey. It never ends.
A big part of it is knowing that we are not always everyone’s cup of tea, and that that’s ok!
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
From £40.00 to £50.00
Free initial in-person or telephone session
Concessions offered for
My fee is £40 per 50 minute session.
£45 for sessions finishing after 6pm or at weekends.
£50 an hour for couples.
Concessions available for students, adolescents and low income.
When I work
I can offer sessions on week days between 0845 - 1500 and on two evenings between 1900-2130.
I have occasional availability at weekends on a Sunday.
A few years ago I recognised the need for a safe empathic space for myself and gained some valuable help re-ordering the jumbled filing system of my own mind . ‘Connecting’ with the right therapist took a while and there were a few false starts – after all not everyone is everyone else’s cup of tea.
Hence why I offer a free initial 30 min telephone or face to face consultation.
Thereafter, should you decide we are a good fit, we will conduct a series of sessions, likely weekly, to work towards your goals. I don’t define a set number of sessions or a timescale – I am led by you.