Do you ever feel listened to but not heard? Hello, I have been a practising counsellor for 20 years and have been accredited with the BACP since 2012. I am based in Solihull and Tamworth and provide face to face and online therapy. I work therapeutically with adults, young people, and children with a wide range of difficulties and see all my clients as individuals. I will take time to listen and to hear you. Being heard and not just listened to brings a feeling of empowerment.
A main difference with supporting children rather than adults, is that they do not always have the words to describe how they are feeling or what they want to be conveyed. Bringing art and play into the therapy room can allow the young person to have these words.
Bereavement is one of my specialised areas. The power an individual can feel by being able to share memories of their special person with someone who has never met that person, can allow them to have a positive grief journey. It can take the pressure off the individual in getting the memory right, allowing them to concentrate on their memories. I feel honoured to work with families including the person who is ill to explore life experiences and memories. These can be so powerful for families bringing laughter, fun and togetherness.
I will give you a safe time and place to talk without feeling judged. I will help you to make sense of things and understand the true you. I will support you by empowering you to resolve complicated feelings or find ways to live with them. By helping you recognise what is working for you and what is hindering you in moving forward, will help you find your own solutions. You will explore your options, develop strategies, and increase your self-awareness. I believe therapy takes strength and is not a sign of weakness
Training, qualifications & experience
- 20 years experience as a young person and adult therapist
- Qualified as an Integrative and EMDR therapist
- Qualified counselling supervisor
- September 2017 – Certificate in Trauma Therapy
- June 2014 – Introduction to CBT certificate
- Oct 2012 – March 2013 BACP Accreditation – MBACP(Accred)
- Sept 2010 – Jan 2011 Introduction to Teaching PTLLS – Level 3
- Jan 2009 – Dec 2009 Post Diploma Counselling Young People – ABC Diploma Awards
- Sept 2000 – Oct 2001 Professional Studies and Advance Counselling – Post Certificate
- Sept 2006 – Jan 2007 – Mentoring – Level 2 NVQ
- Sept 1994 – Dec 1994 – NVQ2 in Counselling – NVQ2
I see my role not just as a job but as a career I am passionate about and believe in. It fills me with pride for my clients when I see their self-esteem and confidence build which in turn allows them to have a voice which is heard.
In my time of working as a counsellor, I have set up and developed 2 bereavement services for children and their parents/guardians. These services were able to support young people not just through their grief but also through mental health difficulties.
I have also processed many referrals for ASD (Autism) assessments having recognised signs that a young person may be on the ASD spectrum. I have also supported adults and young people post diagnosis of ASD in understanding and accepting themselves as true individuals.
I have also helped coordinate a service for adult victims of crime and set up a service for children who are direct and indirect victims of crime.
I provide training for professionals including the education system called “Lost Voices” which focuses on loss, grief, mental health and young people being able to have a voice and be heard.
As adults to be able to be there for others we need to understand and take time for ourselves. Therapy can provide this time and space to explore. Over the last 7 years, whilst working for a large hospice, I have been involved in many media projects such as ITV central news, CBBC Newsround.
I have development booklets to help families through difficult times and empowered a young person to write his own 76-page book and become an author at the age of 10 which reached number 1 best seller on Amazon UK and USA.
I also provide clinical supervision for other counsellors and school staff to help support them in their practice.
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)
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 £50.00 to £75.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
£50 -£55 per session for individuals.
£75 per session for joint counselling
£50 per 1 hour supervision session
When I work
Types of counselling offered:
Face to face, online, telephone.
My first session
For therapy to be successful, there needs to be a relationship of trust in the counselling room. If you are thinking about counselling and need to talk it through first and how it will all work, please contact me by phone 07900810348 or email. We can have a chat without any pressure. This will enable you to decide whether I am the right person for you. This first contact session is free.
What I can help with
Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues and Counselling Supervision.
Types of therapy
CBT, EMDR, Family therapy, Integrative, Person centred, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy
Clients I work with
Adults, Children, Couples, Families, Groups, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited