My name is Babs and I help people across Berkshire and West London to work through their problems and lead happier lives. I am a professional, qualified counsellor but I’m also a mother, daughter, sister, wife and neighbour. I know that talking with someone without fear of judgment or prejudice can be a massive help which is why I chose to train as a counsellor.
It can be a daunting prospect to approach a stranger about personal issues; I can offer you a safe, non-judgmental space where, together, we can explore whatever anxieties you may have. Through my interventions I hope to help you gain insights and clarity into the issues that are troubling you so that you’re able to make your own informed decisions. I will support you in the decisions you decide to make.
In my experience, it’s always good to talk but sometimes it is not easy putting our innermost thoughts and feelings into words. For those times, I can help by finding other ways for you to express yourself, such as through writing, drawing, painting, drama and dreams. When we work together, we’ll do it in the way that you feel most comfortable with because each one of us is unique. We all see our world through a different lens and I believe that through these differences, we are able to help each other lead a more enjoyable and fulfilling life.
I am a BACP Accredited registered counsellor and my approach is all centered on you, rather than taking you in some pre-determined direction. I also work holistically, which means I work with you, the whole person - mind, body and soul.
Life is full of challenges and problems and if you’d like to talk about yours in a safe, empathetic and non-judgmental environment, feel free to call me and we can chat.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma (leveI 7) in Counselling from the University of West London.
Certificate in Person Centred Counselling from the University of West London
I attend regular training to keep myself up to date with the best practices. Most recently, these have included the following topics:
Mentalization training with Tavistock clinic, Depression, Suicide, Secrets in the Family, Working with Colour, Conflict, Sexualisation of Young People, Self-Harm, Harnessing your Inner Creativity, Psychodrama through Sesame Ideologies, Relationship counselling, Psychosis,anxiety,working with imagery,Attachment Theory,sexual compulsions.
To enhance my practice, I am a member of a continued Personal Professional Development group that meets monthly. I have regular supervision so that I can give my clients the best possible care and I am a registered accredited member of the professional body BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists). I adhere to the Associations ethical Framework of Good Practice.
I have extensive knowledge of people with Special Needs (Aspergers, ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Behaviour issues) having worked in an educational setting.I also volunteer at a local counselling community service where there and in my own practice, I have gained invaluable experience on a range of topics and with clients of all ages, genders, cultures, nationalities, beliefs and occupations.
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
cross cultural counselling, Asian family issues
***During this difficult and challenging time you may be suffering anxiety over the uncertainty of your future .....it helps to talk through things. Please contact me to see if counselling may help ****
Concessions offered for
Individuals £50 per session (50 minutes)
Couples £75 per session (1hr 15 minutes)
concessions can can be discussed for clients suffering severe hardship.
My practice is based in a residential area where there is ample on street parking.
please contact me directly for availability
I have a passion in helping people make sense of their thoughts and feelings. Having worked in a school environment I have gained invaluable insight to the issues facing our youth. I strongly believe that counselling can help make lives less stressful allowing each of us to reach our true potential.
I have a particular interest in cross-cultural counselling. My own earlier experiences of trying to navigate life between two different cultures was often confusing and traumatic. As a result, I have built up a wealth of direct experience and have helped people of all ages overcome cultural pressures to leading a more fulfilling and positive life.
Also I believe whatever turmoil you are going through at the moment, be it death of a loved one, divorce, relationship issues, physical/ mental ill health or at this time of year seasonal affective disorder, talking through things with a person who genuinely cares can be a profound experience.
Please contact me for an informal chat.