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MA (Hons), DipHe, MSc, Registered Member MBACP (Accred)

About me

A person-centred approach to everyday problems with living

As a counsellor, I see myself as a fellow traveller, a supportive and empowering companion to you when you are travelling a difficult path. My aim is to offer empathic understanding and acceptance, seeing each one of us as a worthwhile individual in our own right, whatever journey we are on.

How I will work with you

Counselling sessions will mostly be taken up with you talking and me listening, but I can also offer a range of interventions and exercises from other approaches when they seem helpful to you. This is something that I will always explore and discuss with you beforehand. Above all, in the counselling session, I aim to create an environment where you feel heard and understood, free from fear and judgment, where you feel accepted for who you are, as you are.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and experience

I was awarded my MSc in Counselling Psychology from Keele University in 2014 and am a registered accredited member of BACP, The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. As well as my training placements, which included one with primary school children through The Place2Be and one with male offenders at a local prison, I have experience in general counselling in a local NHS-funded service.

Background

I came to counselling relatively late in life, having previously been a student, cleaner, waitress, teacher, secretary, PA and journalist; and for many years, whilst bringing up my family, worked for a national childbirth and parenting charity using counselling and facilitation skills in both paid and unpaid roles. This means that I bring a wealth of life experience to my work as well as the theoretical knowledge I have gained in my professional training.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

From £40.00 to £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Fees

I charge £50 per hour with a 20% concession rate for students, pensioners and other situations of financial hardship.  I am happy for you to pay by cheque, cash, or bank transfer.   At present I am unable to accept card payments.

When I work

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Further information

Access and parking

I work on the ground floor of my home, so there are no stairs to climb, but there are a few single steps up and down into my counselling room. If you have problems with mobility please do mention this when you make contact and we can discuss access. Parking is available at the side of the house.

Dunston, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST18 9AG

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults

Key details

My counselling room is on the ground floor but there is a step up and down into the room; please contact me if concerned about access

Supervision

In person
Phone

Who do I supervise? I welcome enquiries from health professionals, social workers, teachers and other professionals, as well as practitioners working in a wide range of counselling and psychotherapy settings, in paid and voluntary roles.

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