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Counsellor and Supervisor

About me

Choosing a therapist can be one of the biggest blocks when we start therapy, and so it can also become first steps in learning to trust yourself and in taking responsibility for yourself. “How do I know if I’m choosing the right person? What if something doesn’t feel right?”.I wonder if anyone can truly know that beforehand, and perhaps it’s ok to try and then to change your mind. My invitation to you is to find these things out together. We can learn where you want to get to and then – if you still want to go – we can take whatever route feels safe and feels right for you. You have already begun.

I offer a safe and confidential space where you can bring your challenges out into the open so that they can be explored and understood with empathy and compassion. I provide weekly, 50-minute, one-to-one meetings for people 18+ years to work with all types of concerns including depression, stress, suicide, bereavement, anxiety, OCD, anger, relationships, abuse, life events, low self-steem, panic attacks, affairs and many others. I can meet you online or face-to-face just outside Tunbridge Wells in South East England.

I am a fully insured member of the BACP and I work to their ethical framework.

My Philosophy

Talking therapy is a process of self-discovery, awareness and letting-go, opening a way through to empowerment, choice and ultimately freedom. It’s about understanding what blocks you from where you want to go and choosing boundaries to keep you where you want to be. It’s about understanding the fears of the future and the sadnesses of the past to help us be more in the present. It’s about building a safe and supportive relationship together where this process can take root. It’s about you.

My Approach

I am a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor. The Humanistic bit means that I believe that you have the potential to be fully you and our work together is about unlocking what is already inside you. After all, you are the expert on you.

The Integrative bit means that I have training and interests in many different theories and modalities and I will draw on whatever feels most useful for you, your journey and our working relationship.

The Counsellor bit means I want to help.

Why did I become a counsellor?

Like so many people, I found myself on a life path that wasn’t really mine; I was ticking checkboxes that I believed would please other people and give me a sense of meaning and worth. But my daily commute to managerial roles in the city was not bringing me joy. Instead, I saw first-hand how so many of us function in the best interests of our work/team/family/relationship, to ‘fall in line’ and to ‘do’ publicly whilst we ‘feel’ privately or simply not feel at all. I witnessed the detrimental effect this had on people’s well-being, self-esteem, autonomy and general contentment. I saw the lack of genuine, emotional support on offer when life becomes stressful.

Training, qualifications & experience

- BACP Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling.

- Couples counselling training.

- Trauma and PTSD training.

- TA101 Foundations in Transactional analysis

- Gestalt, Person Centered, TA training

I also used to work in senior management in city and have experience of the pressures of working in that environment.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

From £45.00 to £65.00
Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

One to one

Consultation session is free.

£40 - £60 for 50 minutes thereafter.

Counselling Students

Concessions available

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

9am-8pm Wednesday, 9am-5pm Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri

6 Stone Cottages, Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, East Sussex, TN3 9LZ

Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples

Supervision

In person
Online

I am a humanistic supervisor and I follow the Proctor approach of Normative, Formative and Restorative Supervision Practice and the 7-eyed model of Supervision by Hawkins and Shohet.

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