How Counselling Can Help:
Some of us are fortunate to have reliable and supportive friends and family, but occasionally there are things we feel we cannot share with those around us, or we don't feel truly heard.
Counselling is a form of self-care and you do not have to be in crisis to find yourself seeking support. Actually, a lot of counselling is about empowerment and self-development.
Perhaps you are seeking a counsellor with a specific goal in mind, a difficult challenge in life you are facing, or something just hasn't been feeling quite 'right' for a while. Whether your goal is to become empowered in your situation, to grow and develop or to have a sanctuary in which to heal from loss, I provide a warm and relaxed environment and will help you explore and navigate what is going on for you at your pace.
While I specialise in anxiety, bereavement and pregnancy-related loss, I also regularly work with other challenges which you can find below. With so many counsellors to choose from, it can be hard to know who or what you need right now. I warmly welcome you to my website to read more about me and the way that I work.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an Integrative Counsellor which means that I do not believe one perspective or approach can ever wholly encapsulate or define your unique experience and outlook on the world. This is why I am trained to draw upon or 'integrate' schools of thought on the human condition and explore material from different angles to best support you:
- I work primarily in a person-centred way, providing a warm, empathic space to help you reconnect with your own inner values and resources
- I draw upon Attachment Theory, providing insight into your relational patterns and how you have learned to regulate stress
- I apply psychodynamic perspectives to help you better understand and identify behavioural patterns and ways of thinking
- I work existentially with grief and loss, meaning, personal responsibility and ownership
- I employ some CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) tools and exercises to gently challenge negative thought processes that are impacting your happiness and wellbeing
Ultimately, my role is to understand you and how you are personally experiencing your circumstances, free of judgement and in a confidential space.
In addition to my private practice, I counsel in the hospice sector, working with the bereaved, those living with a life-limiting diagnosis or those caring for a loved one. I am also an accredited counsellor of The Foundation for Infant Loss Training, a national award-winning organisation dedicated to raising awareness in public and medical fields of infant loss and bereavement. In this capacity I give my time to a pregnancy crisis support charity with an 18 year history, supporting individuals and families with pregnancy-related challenges and perinatal mental health.
- BACP Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
I regularly undertake further training and attend conferences on up-to-date research in fields such as neuroscience, trauma and loss.
- Infant Loss and Bereavement
- Treating Generalised Anxiety and Panic Disorders
- Trauma and Attachment
- The Military Human: Understanding Military Culture and Transition
I attend regular clinical supervision, hold professional liability insurance and am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), abiding by their ethical code of conduct.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Assertiveness, boundaries and empowerment
- Codependency (dependence on and enabling of unequal or unhealthy relationships)
- Psychosomatic symptoms (physical symptoms caused by stress or anxiety)
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
I understand that the decision to start counselling can be a daunting one and there are a lot of unknowns, in particular how it all actually works and what your counsellor will be doing. To that end I offer a completely free 15 minute initial phone call where I can answer any queries you may have.
There is no obligation to take up counselling after a call or initial consultation, what is most important is you find the right support for you.Payment is made in advance of your session via bank transfer. Please note that sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice are charged at the full rate.
Sessions are 50 minutes and costs £50. A session is usually at the same time each week but I do offer some flexibility with client working patterns.
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