I feel that my role as a counsellor is to provide a safe and supportive environment through which you might better understand how you feel, the difficulties you may be facing and how you can move forward in whichever direction you wish to.
I strive to work with every person in an accepting and compassionate way and feel that whatever comes up in counselling will arrive when you are ready. As trust develops you may go deeper into your past and present story, your emotions and physical sensations.
Exploring what it is like to relate and connect with one another in the counselling room, and to connect with yourself, is often the beginning of shifting from where you are towards where you want to be. It is a brave decision to make to bring yourself here.
Having both witnessed and experienced the power of feeling heard and held, I believe fully in the counselling process and aim to practice in a way that is accessible to anyone, recognising the differences and unique qualities we each have. With this in mind, I am happy to discuss home visits, online and phone sessions with you should any of these options better meet your needs.
As a Humanistic counsellor I believe that, given the resources, everyone can make positive changes to the way they live, can work through their issues, can take charge of creating their future and lead themselves to a life containing greater fulfillment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Counsellor and registered member of the BACP and have been working and volunteering in mental health and therapeutic settings for the past 10 years.
Wanting to become more knowledgeable about the nature of human growth I completed a Masters Degree in Counselling Children and Young People at the University of Nottingham, looking in greater detail at development of those aged 5 - 25. During my studies i received the Teresa Duffy Memorial Award for demonstrating outstanding personal and professional development. I then went on to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Counselling Practice after this.
As a counsellor and in my professional life I have worked with many different organisations and with people whose experiences are incredibly varied and unique. With each person, I work with I seek to keep in mind the different lives we live and how our histories and the structures of society impact our well-being and opportunities for change.
Some of the issues I have experience of working with in counselling young people and adults include:
- Anxiety and Generalised Anxiety disorder
- Low mood and depression
- Panic Attacks
- Feelings and thoughts related to suicide
- Complex trauma
- Historic abuse
- Relationship issues
- Problems arising from study
- Issues of self-worth
- Exploring feeling sad
Therapeutically my experience also includes counselling residents at the YMCA and at Nottingham Trent University, facilitating group workshops including holistic development circles and working with children and young people in play.
I have participated in personal therapy and attended immersive therapeutic workshops regularly over the past 15 years. This work has shaped me as a counsellor and helps me understand how I wish to practice as a therapist.
I am someone who is dedicated to continual learning, to developing myself as a practitioner and is seeking to understand how I might best meet the needs of every person I work with.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I think it's really important that everyone should be able to access a space where they can feel supported and be heard.
With the above intention in mind I provide a full 1-hour session at a standard rate of £45 per hour and offer a number of reduced rate spaces for anyone from a low/no income background or for whom this price would be a barrier to accessing counselling.
An initial hour long session, where we can meet and seek to discover if we would be a good fit, costs £35.
I understand it is not always easy to discuss costs in any situation and hope we can talk this through in our initial meeting in a way that feels okay for you. Should you wish to i am also happy to talk about pricing with you over the phone before we have an initial session.
Concessions offered for
(HOME VISITS AND FACE-TO-FACE SESSIONS ARE SUSPENDED AT PRESENT DUE TO COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS. I AM CURRENTLY ONLY OFFERING PHONE OR ONLINE COUNSELLING SESSIONS)
The therapy room is situated in a house 5 minutes from Stroud town centre with on-street parking nearby. It is up two flights of stairs and i'm sorry to say is not accessible to those who are in a wheelchair or wouldn't be able to climb the stairs. I am happy to make home visits should this be comfortable for you
Currently my practice days are Monday - Thursday. I have some flexibility in appointment times on Tuesdays and Thursdays and can offer evening appointments.