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. I also recognise the wider societal structures which have an impact on wellbeing and the development of selfhood.
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 fulfilment.
*I am now offering face-face sessions at my practice in Stroud town Centre. I am also available for online calls through Zoom or, if you'd prefer, counselling over the phone*
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 12 years.
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 feelings of sadness
Therapeutically my experience outside of private practice includes counselling residents at the YMCA and at Nottingham Trent University, working with University students as a Specialist Mental Health Mentor, 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'm dedicated to continual learning, to developing myself as a practitioner and seeking to understand how I might best meet the needs of every person I work with.
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
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
From £35.00 to £55.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
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 offer 50 minute sessions 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. Solidarity sessions, priced at £55 per hour, enable me to offer an additional low cost space.
An initial 50 minute 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.
When I work
I have some flexibility in appointment times on Tuesdays and Thursdays, offer evening appointments and on occasion i'm available late Friday afternoon.
The therapy room is situated in an office in Stroud town centre. 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.
Currently my practice days are Monday - Thursday. I have some flexibility in appointment times on Tuesdays and Thursdays and can offer evening appointments.