Welcome to my profile.
Given below is a brief summary of my background, how I can help you and what you can expect from me as a Counsellor and my approach to how I work.
A Little About Me
Like many people I have travelled various paths, and with over 40 years of work experience, I have tapped into many disciplines ranging from various office positions, including work within Social Services and the NHS, changing track to become a Fitness Trainer, Complementary Health Therapist and Yoga Teacher.
I feel it can be said life is about what we experience and perhaps how we experience it, and for some, there is growth leading to evolvement.
My evolvement has led me to the areas of Psychotherapeutic Counselling and Hypnotherapy.
How Counselling Can Help You
As a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor I may be able to help you by offering the space and support required whilst managing your difficulties, circumstances or issues, as together we explore your thoughts and feelings that are creating the experiences or turmoil in your internal world. When this happens you will find you have the time to reflect and understand yourself better, you will feel heard and listened to. From here you will reach a new understanding of yourself and/or of your situation which will enable you to view things in a different, more constructive light, as your perspective changes. By restoring balance and regulation back into your life you can grow moving forwards in a more confident and positive way.
For this to happen, I use an integrative approach to counselling, which means I draw upon a number of theories and models to aid my work. I may also use a solution-focused approach to my work. This is a goal-directed collaborative approach to psychotherapeutic change by addressing the desired outcome of therapy as a solution rather than focusing on the symptoms or issues that may have brought you to therapy. This means I am interested in what is happening in the present and the future desires you have, just focusing on the past only to the degree necessary for communicating empathy and accurate understanding of your concerns.
Counselling is about helping others giving them the guidance to understand themselves better and the tools to make change in their life.
Sessions are offered in a safe, calm and tranquil setting within an environment which is confidential, open, empathetic, congruent (genuine) and non-judgemental warmth.
What To Expect In Your First Session
After initially contacting me, to engage in counselling there would first be an in-depth telephone conversation, during which we would agreed to meet for an introduction and initial consultation. Making contact in this way helps to ascertain the suitability that we are able to work together.
At your first session, and after any introductions, I will complete my consultation form, agree a number of sessions with you and if time allows, begin taking things further.
I hope you find this information helpful.
What Happens Next
Take your first step(s) today by calling me, dropping me an email, or visit my website for further information.
After all, Oscar Wilde said "be yourself, everyone else is taken!"
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- Diploma in Counselling Skills and Hypnotherapy
- AQA Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Certificate of Awareness in Bereavement Care
- Diploma in Emotional Freedom Technique/EmoTrance
- Approved Anxiety UK Therapist
- Certificate to teach Hatha Yoga and Meditation
As a counsellor, I have worked with many issues including:
- Stress, anxiety and mild depressive states
- Low self-esteem and confidence issues
- Loss and bereavement issues
- Self-defeating behaviours
- Attachment problems
- Relationship issues
- Other emotional turmoil (feeling alone) or change or circumstances (house move)
- Personal growth and spiritual development
I have also worked as a Volunteer for Cruse Bereavement and for The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre, Crawley Hospital, Sussex.
I am also an approved Anxiety UK Therapist.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
The initial consultation is £25.00.
Each subsequent session is 50 minutes in duration and costs £50.00
I am available during the day, some evenings and on a Saturday afternoon. I work from two locations Epsom in Surrey and Crawley in Sussex.
I am an accredited member of both The National Counselling Society and The National Hypnotherapy Society, and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their respective Code Of Ethics. I am also a member of the British Association for Counselling Psychotherapists.
I hold professional indemnity insurance for the disciplines I practise. I am also fully insured for the technique of EFT/EmoTrance.
I have been checked by and am independently registered with the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau).I am also registered separately with the DBS for Cruse Bereavement, Anxiety UK and The Olive Tree at Crawley Hospital, Sussex.
I receive regular clinical supervision with a qualified and accredited supervisor.
I am fully committed to my on-going personal and spiritual development by attending regular training events.
For non-face-to-face counselling, I am able to offer both telephone support and skype sessions.