BSc (Hons) Psychology, Prof.Dip Psy C, MNCS (Accred), MBPsS
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If you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, whether due to bereavement, illness, work, or just too many life-events at once, we all need to talk to someone. Discussing our thoughts helps us to order them and put them into perspective, this alone can often improve our sleep so we feel less generally overwhelmed as a result.
However, we typically don’t feel we can approach those closest to us. We may feel they will judge our feelings, or we could cause them to worry, or they may be offended by what we say. In such times we need to talk to someone who isn't involved in our life circumstances and is there just for us.
I offer both traditional face-to-face consultations in Wokingham, or online sessions for those living further away. COVID-19 has both introduced zoom and shown us that telephone and online counselling works very well. No travel requirement plus being comfortable in your own surroundings during our sessions promotes relaxation, openness and facilitates progress resulting in highly effective therapy.
You can choose either face-to-face, telephone or zoom support sessions. Please just contact me via the email button, or call and leave a voicemail and I will respond to you as soon as I am available. We can arrange to have a 20 mins chat and then book an appointment if you feel ready to go ahead.
Face-to-face sessions will be in a consulting room in the centre of Wokingham. If you opt for zoom sessions I will email a meeting link to you 15 minutes before our agreed time. Alternatively, for phone sessions I will call you at the booked time.
This is your time to talk about how you feel, without any judgement from me. Using Person Centred therapy as a basis I work with you to understand the source of any issues you are experiencing and then using the most appropriate therapy we focus on how you can improve your situation (Integrative therapy).
We will work session-to-session, agreeing how often and on which dates as we go. You do not have to commit to a set number of appointments.
I hope this helps and I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BSc in Psychology which included an element of practical experience in a hospital, this latter helped me to decide the Clinical Psychology route was not for me. After completing a masters degree in Information Technology my career took me into the world of computing. Here, I found my niche in supporting highly stressed people during technical issues, later moving to more soft-skills-oriented support account management. I was also involved in mentoring younger personnel, providing support for my peers and, on occasion, my customers. Ultimately, I realised my interests still lie in helping people emotionally.
After a health issue led me to re-evaluate my life I decided to re-train as a counsellor, drawing on my psychology background and using my much-practiced listening skills in order to help individuals on a one-to-one basis. I am now a L5 counsellor, Prof.Dip Psy C. I loved my previous job but am now very happy to be retired from the corporate world and able to fully focus on my counselling practice.
I aim to help you deal with your current issues by integrating the most appropriate therapeutic methods into your support, to facilitate you to re-shape your life in a direction you would like it to go, whilst finding the new and stronger version of yourself along the way.
Having the right counsellor is the most important part of therapy so I offer a free initial consultation for you to gauge whether you feel we can work together.
I am fully insured, an accredited member of the National Counselling Society, currently an Individual member of BACP, trained by and volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Support and accredited with the Foundation for Infant Loss.
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society (NCS)
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
An initial 20 minute telephone 'taster' session is free of charge.
Sessions are 50-60 minutes and can be face-to-face, via zoom or telephone, depending upon your preference, and charged at £55.
For zoom sessions a link will be emailed 15 minutes before the booked time.
Sessions are payable on booking, either by bank transfer or a link can be sent via Whatsapp.
Full refund if cancelled more than 48 hours prior to the appointment. Cancellations within 48 hours will not be refunded but an alternative date and time will be offered, up to two consecutive cancellations. No refunds or alternatives given if client doesn't attend the appointment.
When I work
I love to listen, this is your space to talk.