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About me

Hello.  If you are feeling lost, sad, stressed, anxious, depressed, have negative intrusive thoughts or maybe just a sense that something isn't quite right, I can help.   You may be experiencing stress at work,  difficulties in your relationships , cycles of feeling up and down or low mood.  Perhaps you have been bullied or received emotional or physical abuse from someone.  Whatever is causing your difficulties,  I can help you to explore your feelings, understand yourself and make changes.

I believe all our actions and behaviours have a reason behind them,  often unseen.  Through counselling I can help you to understand those motivations and choose different ways to be with understanding and compassion for yourself. 

How I Work:

I use a range of counselling techniques depending on what I feel is the best option for you as a person and the outcome you hope for.

In addition to working with people who have experienced trauma, I work with people to provide relief from:

  • On-going feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Overwhelming feelings of anger or aggression
  • Panic attacks, flashbacks, PTSD symptoms
  • Misuse of alcohol/drugs/food
  • Decreased physical or mental energy or fatigue
  • Increase in feelings of fear or worry
  • Extremely high and low moods
  • Irritability
  • Social withdrawal

What to expect:

You can contact me by email or message me on my phone   (contact details at the top of this page). I will aim to get back to you within 24 hours to arrange an initial chat about how we might work together.

In subsequent sessions I will listen carefully to the story you present of your life, paying careful attention to what you believe is and isn't working for you, help you to make sense of, develop meaning and then support you to heal, change, grow and learn in a deep sustainable way.

Through the relationship we develop, you will increase your understanding and as a result, your own ability to change. Together we will identify the root causes of the issues that you present and I will support you in changing the meaning you attach to what has happened to you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and experience:

I am trained on the impact of trauma, rape, sexual abuse, self harm, domestic violence, addiction and shame.

Since qualifying I have completed many different training courses to ensure my skills and knowledge are up to date.

I hold professional insurance and I am DBS checked.

In addition to my private practice I also work as a counsellor for Somerset & Avon Rape and Sexual Assault (SARSAS). Previously I have provided counselling and crisis support for a Sexual Assault Referral Centre , worked on the National Violence Helpline (Women's Aid) and supported victims of crime.

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

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

£50 per session

Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS36

Cheddar, Somerset, BS27

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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