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I have practised as a counsellor for over twenty years. In addition to offering private counselling I currently work for NHS IAPT organisations under contract.
I can accept referrals from individuals over the age of 18. I regret I am not trained to work with those under 18 or with couples
People who work with me present with all kinds of difficulties. Sometimes they are consciously affected by an experience they need to process; other times there is a chronic low mood or anxiety which seems to have been present for as long as the individual can recall and which they are at a loss to understand. Through the counselling process clients gain relief and insight, create new meaning and perspective and benefit from support whilst taking stock of their problems and objectives.
Central to my work is the counselling relationship and using this as a vehicle to make changes, move on from trauma, negotiate relationship problems and arrive at a better relationship to life and the self.
Respect and empathy are vital and I aim to work at your pace and facilitate your gaining the most from the counselling experience. Counselling with me pays attention to past experience and the significance of unconscious feeling whilst being very focussed on the present and committed to enhancing future prospects. I prize attunement between counsellor and client and use a range of therapeutic techniques depending on the needs and circumstances of the client.
I offer both short term and open ended counselling and usually work on a one session per week basis.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began training as a counsellor in 2001 and practised specifically in the area of bereavement during that time.I acquired a Masters degree in counselling from the University of Birmingham in 2007. I have subsequently completed a training in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, accredited by the BPC. DIT is a time-limited therapy for individuals suffering from depression or anxiety and it is one of a small number of therapies approved by NICE for the treatment of these.
I have a qualification in the delivery of online counselling which is something I have offered for over ten years.I am a BACP Accredited counsellor and have worked for many years in University Counselling Services but have other counselling experience within the NHS and various charitable settings.
I have an eclectic counselling background with knowledge of CBT, humanistic and solution-focussed counselling, which I draw on particularly in time-limited work.
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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).
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Covid-19 stress or trauma
£49.00 per session
My fee from October 2022 is £49 per session.
Fees are subject to review on an annual basis.
When I work
Evening sessions available
Getting Started: just phone or email me if you would like to discuss having a first session. I am happy to respond to queries and if it seems the right way forward we can then arrange a first meeting . A first session is a chance to get things off your chest, obtain support, evaluate your needs and for us to decide whether we should continue to work together. Following on from this we can agree further sessions as appropriate.
Sessions last for 50 minutes and are offered on a remote basis via Zoom whilst social distancing restrictions are in place due to Covid 19 factors. As this is a fast changing and unpredictable scenario please feel free to enquire for the most up to date information on this.