I am a fully qualified and accredited counsellor with over 15 years’ experience of working in an NHS setting helping individuals to deal with a wide range of problems and difficulties including depression/low mood, anxiety, stress, work related difficulties, relationship problems, self esteem/self confidence, anger, loss/bereavement and unresolved issues from early life/childhood. I want to offer a safe, non-judgemental space for you to explore and work on whatever issues you feel are troubling you and that you want to bring to therapy.
People come to counselling for all kinds of different reasons, some to work on a particular issue, like depression, stress, relationship problems or loss. Others may not initially have a particular focus for their therapy but maybe a more general feeling of something being wrong, of not feeling happy or satisfied with life. Counselling can help you to process and resolve issues that bother you, to make changes that you feel could be helpful to you and to find a way forward that feels more satisfying and fulfilling for you. As a counsellor I will not tell you what you should do. However, together we can explore what options and possibilities there may be for you. Sometimes we can feel so stuck in life that we do not even believe that change is possible. For some people coming to counselling this is the starting point. Wherever you are in your life, if you feel you could do with some help moving forwards counselling could be helpful.
As a psychodynamic counsellor I am interested in how we can use the past, our early life experiences, to better understand ourselves in the here-and-now. Sometimes we keep repeating old patterns of relating - to others and to ourselves - and we may not even be aware of doing this. Some of these patterns may also become unhelpful to us over time. I believe that the more we understand about what we do and why, the more we can start to feel that we have some degree of choice. A feeling of choice can help us to feel more able to make important decisions and changes in our life.
Whether what you want to bring to counselling is something very specific or whether you feel a little unsure I would be happy to explore this with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Over 10 years’ experience of working as a counsellor/psychotherapist with individuals in GPs’ surgeries and other NHS settings
Accredited registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
BSc (Hons) Psychology, Open University, 1996
Diploma in Counselling (Psychodynamic), Mid Kent College, 2004
Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, 2011
As an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling. (Registration number 019477.)
I work with adults (18 years+) on an individual face-to-face basis.
Registered / Accredited
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Thursday evening and Friday afternoon
I work from comfortable rooms at St Barnabas House Counselling & Therapy Centre in Gillingham, Kent.
I offer short term or long term counselling/psychotherapy. For some people a few sessions will be helpful and all that they need or want. For others longer term therapy may be more appropriate.
We all go through difficult times at some points in our lives. Life can be challenging and can sometimes feel like a struggle. Through good times and bad it is good to have someone there to talk to. Often this someone can be someone close to us, maybe a friend, a relative or a partner. However, there may also be times when we choose to talk to someone outside our closest circle, someone like a counsellor. As a counsellor I am there to listen to you. Talking to an outsider can sometimes help us to look at things from a different perspective. This can be very helpful. By learning more about why we think, feel and act the way we do and becoming more consciously aware of these aspects of ourselves we can start feeling a little bit more in control of our lives and become better able to start making changes in areas where we feel this could be helpful. Sometimes we may feel a bit out of control and powerless. Increasing our self awareness in this way can help us to feel more empowered, helping us to feel a bit more in control and a bit more in charge of our own lives.
The initial counselling session will be an opportunity for us to get to know each other a bit better and also for us to discuss what you hope to get out of counselling. If you choose to go ahead we would then also agree an initial number of sessions. However, as our work progresses I will review progress with you on a regular basis to make sure that you feel that the way we work together is helpful for you.
To make an appointment or for further information please call me on 07599 006462. If I am not available please leave a message and I will call you back as soon as I can. Any messages left will remain confidential.