We all experience difficult periods in our life and my intention is to help you through this time. By listening to you with understanding and acceptance my intention is that we work together collaboratively to make the changes you desire. Many people find taking that first step, in reaching out for help, quite daunting. I fully recognise how difficult it can be, especially if you've never had any form of counselling or psychotherapy before. I particularly welcome newcomers to counselling and psychotherapy in my practice.
My approach is to offer clients a safe, non judgmental space to explore feelings and issues which may be troubling. Occasionally, I may offer information or make tentative suggestions. Sometimes I offer an exercise as a way to look at something in a more creative way, which you may choose to try or not. I don't tell my clients what to do, but support them on their journey. I like to adapt my way of working to suit your individual needs.
I am an experienced person-centred practitioner and offer one to one sessions. I believe that the ‘therapeutic alliance’ or our connection is important in supporting a good outcome. You can contact me by email or phone to arrange an introductory session, to see if we would like to work together.
My private practice is run from home in a relaxing, quiet and comfortable environment. It is accessible by bus, and has off street parking if travelling by car.
I also work in a local community centre in the heart of Wokingham which has dedicated rooms, waiting area and is fully wheelchair accessible.
I offer short term (8-12 weeks) work and longer term (ongoing) work.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Contemporary Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Applications. (Metanoia Institute)
Fdn Degree Person-Centred Counselling (Middlesex University)
Emotion Focused Therapy, Levels 1, 2 & 3 (Strathclyde University)
Practitioner Certificate in Clinical Diagnosis (Metanoia Institute)
Practitioner Certificate in Working at the Difficult Edge (July 2017)
Practitioner Certificate Neuro Linguistic Programming
Master Practitioner Neuro Linguistic Programming
In addition I have a range of professional qualifications in Environmental Health. My background is in the field of environmental health and management.
I am of Polish descent and understand Polish well, although I do not counsel in Polish.
I also have a current Enhanced DBS Certificate
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.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am also qualified to Master Practitioner Level in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). This is a methodology that uses tools and techniques and which allows us to move from a current state to a more desirable one. Please ask me about this area of work if you are interested.
£60 for a 1 hour session (individual)
£90 for a 90 minute session (individual)
£75 for a 1 hour session (Couples)
I am also a qualified Emotion Focused Therapist (EFT) trained at Strathclyde University. This (EFT) is a development of the person-centred approach and views emotions as centrally important in how we view ourselves and others and uses the notion of transforming emotion with emotion. (Please note, it is not a ‘tapping therapy’.
I have also undergone training in a variety of fields such as Bereavement, Mindfulness, Anxiety, Working with people on the Autistic Spectrum, Dementia and also Pre-therapy. My experience includes working with children in a primary school, a young person's counselling agency (13-25 year olds) and I was a clinical assessor at a counselling service for adults.
I am a registered member of the BACP and an accredited Clinical Psychotherapist with UKCP. I abide by their code of ethics.