If moving positively forwards in your life seems to be impossible, or overwhelming, it can be helpful to seek therapy.
How can I, as a counsellor with the training to work psychotherapeutically, help you?
I am a therapist who believes that given the right conditions, we all grow towards the light. Whether life feels stressful, confusing, challenging, or disappointing and pointless, it is worth taking an important step to looking after your self, and finding a therapist who provides the right conditions for you.
I am a skilled therapist with a feeling of vitality for my work, actively engaging with my clients through attentive listening, and considered, non-judgemental responding from the very heart of me. I am open and gentle, but also not afraid to challenge the obstacles to your fulfilment.
Addressing the obstacles - does it take shorter, or longer term work?
You may have already identified the obstacles, having come up against them due to changing circumstances at this point in your life (such as bereavement, or loss of relationship or work), in which case shorter term counselling work for these ‘problem focused’ issues may be sufficient. Sometimes the work addresses deeper issues; this can be the result of deepening self-understanding having addressed the more apparent obstacles, or maybe you feel you have been struggling for a long time, that life in general is a problem. This might suggest that internal, underlying reasons may be stopping you from leading a fulfilled life, in which case we can work at a deeper, longer-term psychotherapeutic level. It is important to say that I go at your pace and do not prescribe, but stay alongside you in this decision.
Counselling with me is an exploration, whereby I am alongside you, in all your diversity, really noticing how behaviour, thoughts or circumstances seem to be holding you back from allowing a full, enriching and rewarding life.
Therapy can be challenging. There can also be humour, creativity, fear, sadness or joy. At times it may simply be necessary to feel the wonderful release of offloading. I offer you this confidential, non-judgemental space to really voice your fears and desires, committing to the heart of your self, allowing you to live more consciously.
I offer you the opportunity to meet me as yourself, to express yourself free from judgement, and alongside you I believe I can help you to re-engage with a life that is yours to be lived, consciously.
What is the first step towards finding a therapist?
The first step might be to allow yourself to contact a few qualified practitioners who you are drawn to from their profiles, and from there, to find someone that you feel you ‘fit’ with. This is very personal, but is helpful in going forwards. It can be useful to ask yourself - How open can I be with this person, and in their presence might I grow to find the courage to also be really honest with myself, speaking from the most basic and true part of me?
You may feel worried about moving into this new way of opening up your possibilities, or you might even question whether you really ‘deserve’ to focus on yourself. It is quite common to feel 'stuck' even when surrounded by kind offers of help from friends and family, as sometimes the closeness can feel limiting, but learning to manage your life and feelings without others’ expectations can be very rewarding and fruitful. Take heart and courage - I offer a brief phone call if a client has left me a message by e-mail or phone, so that you can get a sense of me. This phone call also helps me to gauge the issues you are dealing with, and whether an in-person (or online), open appraisal of the landscape you find yourself in, is the next step.
If you would like to read more about me, please visit my website.
*Please note that I am continuing to work online and by telephone while I frequently reassess the viability of returning to face-to-face sessions, in my private practice room at my home in Nailsworth. You may of course decide that working remotely suits you and we can continue that indefinitely, regardless of geography or COVID-19*
Training, qualifications & experience
- DipHIC - BACP accredited Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling from BCPC following 4 years of training.
- Home-Start training (see below), accredited by the OCN, equivalent to NVQ level 2/ GCSE.
- MBACP - Registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
- BCPC - member of the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling.
Over the past few years, I have worked in a number of settings such as Cotswold Counselling (largely seeing clients with GP referrals), Carers Gloucestershire (working with those who find themselves as carers for someone close to them, learning to find fulfilment under newly limiting and demanding circumstances), and the Low Cost Counselling Service (working with clients with limited means and issues such as homelessness, bereavement, anxiety).
Previously I worked as a volunteer for Home-Start, whose team of trained volunteers visit families at home each week, supporting parents in situations as diverse as isolation, bereavement, illness, disability, or who are just finding parenting a struggle. They provide non-judgemental practical and emotional support and help build the family’s confidence and ability to cope.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial session £25, all further sessions £40.