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Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

About me

Choosing a therapist can be a daunting task whether this is your first time and you are not exactly sure what it is all about or whether you have had counselling in the past and are looking to return.

I offer a friendly, confidential and professional counselling service for adults and young people where you will be supported and encouraged to begin to make sense of how you are feeling during difficult times.

I believe we all have an inborn ability and desire to grow towards fulfilling our true potential and that only we are the experts on our lives. The way I work reflects my own personal values, where I believe we all deserve genuine acceptance and respectful understanding. By providing the right space, time and support, individuals have an opportunity to become more self-aware, leading to greater confidence, improved relationships and empowerment.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

I hold a Foundation Degree in Therapeutic Counselling awarded by Bath Spa University plus a Certificate in Working with Children and Young People gained through Weston College. I also hold a Certificate in Counselling for Depression achieved at the Metanoia Institute London. I have also gained a Certificate in the Study of the Couple Relationship awarded by Tavistock Relationships London and have attended Part 1 of a four-part EMDR training programme.

As an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (www.bacp.co.uk), I work within their ethical framework of good practice and have regular supervision for my therapeutic work. I hold a current DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) Certificate.

I am committed to regular Continuous Professional Development.

Experience

  • Offering Counselling for Depression within the NHS
  • Offering brief intervention for Mental Health Issues (CBT) in GP surgeries within the NHS
  • As a volunteer Youth Counsellor in Swindon
  • As a School Counsellor within schools in both North Somerset and Gloucestershire
  • As a volunteer Bereavement Counsellor at a Hospice in North Somerset
  • Offering counselling to Carers and Young Carers throughout North Somerset
  • Additionally, I have over 18 years’ experience working alongside young people in an academic and caring environment gained through Primary and Secondary Schools plus experience of supporting disaffected young people within a Referral Unit.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Virtual introductory counselling session: 30 minutes - Free

Further counselling sessions: 50 minutes - £40


When I work

Daytime, evening and a limited number of Saturday morning appointments are offered depending of availability.

Southville, Bristol, BS3

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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