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.
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.
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.
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 £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.
I work weekdays and can offer early morning and evening appointments Monday to Wednesday.
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.