How counselling can help
Maybe you are feeling anxious or depressed or you have experienced traumatic life-events and are looking for a safe and confidential space where you can mentally re-group and begin to thrive rather than just survive. Together we can explore what really matters to you at this time in your life and gently challenge unhelpful ways of coping with difficult relationships and life-events.
My approach to counselling is based on the belief that each of us creates a unique way of viewing and interacting with the world that is based on how we internalised past relationships and life-events. These past experiences can continue to influence our thoughts, feelings and actions, even when we are unaware of their influence. For example, you might find yourself crying or getting angry for no apparent reason, or feel strangely empty.
Our first few sessions
These first few sessions are usually an opportunity for us to gently explore what you want to work on in the subsequent sessions and for us to check that we are best suited to do that work together.
As the sessions progress
Over time you might become more aware of how you really see yourself and your relationships with other people. You might begin to recognise when previous ways of coping with difficult situations and relationships are no longer that helpful. Becoming more self-aware and gaining a new perspective on past and present difficulties can open up the possibility of change and growth.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I practice in accordance with our code of ethics.
My training is in contemporary psychodynamic counselling:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling - 2015.
- University Diploma - 2013.
I have worked in crisis management for a mental health charity that offers face-to-face and telephone support for people experiencing a mental health crisis.
I was a voluntary counsellor for 6 years with an agency in East London and for 2 years with an agency in Harlow.
Over the years I have received extensive training and I am committed to continued personal and professional development.
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
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
Free initial telephone session
From £50 for in-person sessions.
I offer some concessionary rates for online and phone sessions. Please call for more information.
I work with adults individually on a short or longer term basis.
Face-to-face sessions take place in a clean and comfortable counselling room in Kings Langley. There is ample free parking outside the building and in the surrounding area. The room is accessed via a flight of stairs. Toilet facilities are available on site.
I can also offer online or telephone sessions if your preference is to access sessions remotely. Phone and online sessions can be arranged by agreement between us.
All sessions are 50 minutes and are normally held on the same day and time each week.