I work with warmth, compassion and equity to create space for you to explore a full range of feelings and experiences. My role as a counsellor is to be alongside you, encouraging you to examine your complex views and feelings and holding space for you. I work in collaboration with you. Counselling provides a therapeutic opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings and to find your own solutions to any difficulties you identify. Helping you to recognise your own power and find ways to live your life as well as you possibly can. At its most basic level counselling is a place where you have space and time to focus on yourself.
Counselling is not about being helped by someone else who suggests solutions to your problems, it is a process of discovery we make together. Often this process can be difficult and challenging. You may want to talk about painful experiences, feelings or deep-rooted fears. You might be feeling embarrassment or shame. My role is to support you in taking the risk of sharing and helping you to take care of yourself.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic counselling. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. I also have regular professional supervision which supports me in my Counselling and therapeutic practice to the benefit of myself and my clients.
I undertake continuing professional development in the form of training courses, lectures and workshops.
I also work in an agency specialising in counselling for addiction or those affected by addiction. Before becoming a counsellor I worked in a variety of public sector roles. I am a parent to two adult sons and have experienced an eventful life to date, living alongside and through many of the different types of challenges that life can send our way.
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
Initial 30 min assessment is free
If we decide to work together the cost per session is £45.00 face to face. £40 online or by telephone.
I also have a limited number of concessional spaces available for those on low incomes.
Concessions offered for
Please note, that during the COVID-19 pandemic I am working online or by telephone. Once it is safe to do so I will also resume face to face sessions at Fiveways' Therapy Rooms.