People choose to come to counselling because they want to feel better, but they don’t always know what they want or what to expect. The counselling service I am offering is friendly, professional, confidential and discrete. I provide an honest, non-judgemental space to hear your thoughts and feelings, and my aim is to help you understand your world better. I won’t give you advice but will help you find and explore your choices.
I can offer two streams of counselling: Brief therapy, which offers you the opportunity to work towards an identified goal within six sessions, and long term therapy, which enables you to work over a longer period of time and explore more deep seated issues. I work with all age groups (post 16) and I have experience with a wide range of issues.
Counselling is usually thought of as a talking therapy however sometimes creative techniques are useful where words are not enough. I am confident to work with clients who want to use visual techniques such as drawing and symbolism to illustrate their thoughts. As well as art therapy methods, I can also offer creative visualisation and relaxation techniques to help bring about the inspiration that is needed to move forward.
I originally trained in Person-Centred theory, and have since developed a more integrative approach, drawing on other models of thinking, this includes psychodynamic, where people may find it useful to discover that current problems may be linked to beliefs, feelings and experiences of the past. When we become more aware of how the past influences our present day circumstances we can start to make more intelligent choices about how to move forward.
The initial appointment gives you the opportunity to meet me, to talk about what has prompted you to seek counselling and to decide if counselling is for you. It is the time when you will be able to ask any questions you may have about the service I am offering. This is a free session with no obligation. My counselling room is situated in a quiet, peaceful, tranquil location which is not overlooked and cannot be overheard.
Please feel free to contact me by telephone or email. I would be happy to talk to you about my therapeutic approach and answer any questions you may have about counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
Psychotherapeutic Counselling Diploma
Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
BA(hons) Fine Art Painting
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
Fees range between £35 - £45 per 50 minute session, some concessions are available.
I offer an initial 30 minute consultation that is free of charge.