There are times in life when we feel a 'niggle' or a persistent uncomfortable feeling hanging over us and no matter what we do this 'niggle' does not seem to disappear. This can impact on our daily functioning in everyday life and our usual coping methods. Life can become a struggle and simple tasks become challenging and emotionally draining. The 'not knowing' and emotional barriers can affect our personal reactions and perceptions of life and others around us.
I offer a non-judgmental and empathetic approach and I am here to listen and explore inner thoughts and feelings which may connect to the past, present or future. I'm passionate about working at a clients pace with their emotional well-being remaining paramount at all times throughout the therapeutic process.
I consider myself to be a warm, caring and nurturing individual who strives to inspire and empower children, young people and adults from every age group. My key aim is to develop an individual's self-esteem, personal resilience and positive outlook when faced with demanding circumstances and emotional milestones we may come across in life.
I have a nursery nursing background and presently work as a school counsellor in a thriving secondary school, working with a host of young people, adults and families in overcoming a variety of emotional barriers, challenging family dynamics, along with any additional issues. This may require a host of unique and specialised counselling techniques to suit the individual needs of either the young person, adult and their family.
My wealth of experience enables me to work therapeutically and collaboratively with both a young person and their parent/carer offering family therapy and valuable family support interventions that aim to encourage joint resilience, team building and a unique opportunity to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions in a safe environment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed ‘Person Centred’ counselling training which touched upon Carl Rodgers' three core conditions (empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence.) This humanistic approach truly values the humanity and genuine being of each individual and works towards developing a client's conscious well being in the 'here and now'. Following this course I successfully completed the Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. The psychotherapeutic concept of this type of counselling explores past, present and future issues. Both client and therapist work closely throughout therapy sessions in achieving a genuine and realistic goal. This approach may link into key theories such as the attachment theory and transactional analysis, along with focusing on future interventions enabling a client to realistically adopt a range of cognitive techniques to support them both in the ‘present moment’ and in the future.
I am also a qualified Systemic Family Practitioner enabling me to work both creatively and therapeutically with both families and couples . Systemic approaches invite an awareness of the feelings and emotions evoked in conversational exchanges and how this can be managed; whilst paying attention to related feelings of distress/ anxiety provoked by a particular experience or dilemma . A systemic 'gracious invitation' would encourage 'unvoiced 'stories' to be 'voiced' and explored throughout sessions. Systemic therapy works collaboratively with the family system; 'opening the door' to possibilities and alternative family scripts .
Through my training programme at Coventry CRUSE (Bereavement Organisation), I worked passionately with young people and adults, enabling them to effectively work through the bereavement process at their own pace, thus working through the five stages of support grief.
I have successfully completed a postgraduate certificate in Creative Therapy with Children and Families. This course has equipped me with the knowledge of creative arts to be used as form of unique therapy which I have found to have been particularly beneficial to the psychological needs of young people and adults; opening up a creative mind-set.
I recently completed a primary CBT qualification in therapy / training ; implementing key concepts of cognitive behavioural therapy enabling a client to identify, challenge and work towards changing individual cognitive distortions and negative belief systems that can be explored both inside and outside of therapy sessions; adopting a host of simple CBT tasks that work effectively towards realistic change and independent resilience.
I am a qualified Supervisor (awarded through Key Counselling ). This training gives me additional knowledge enabling me to monitor, support and inspire fellow professional counsellors.
I am also a member of the BACP which works to ethical guidelines. I also have valid professional identity insurance.
I am also a member of AFT (Association for Family Therapy )
- Advanced Professional Diploma In Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- Post Graduate Qualification in applied Systemic -Family therapy .
- ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills (PCT)
- Post Graduate Certificate in Therapy with Children and Families (Creative Therapy)
- Awareness In Bereavement Care - CRUSE
- Working with Bereaved Children and Young People Course - CRUSE
- Diploma In Clinical & Casework Supervision
- Primary qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Qualified Senior Learning Mentor
- Qualified Nursery Nurse
- CAMHS training (self-harm, anxiety, depression, attachment)
- Qualified Safeguarder
- Anxiety and Critical Thinking Certificate
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Mediation - couples , staff related work issues , parents , families , friendship groups etc .
From £35.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone session
I offer affordable sessions ranging from 50 minutes – 60 minutes for Children, Young People and Adults. The prices for Children and Young People £35 and adults is £40 .
I also offer family / couple/ mediation counselling - £50 - £60 .
Please note that young people / family/ couple therapy can take place in the counselling rooms based in both Finham/ Spon End Counselling centres.
Please view address details below -
Serene Mind & Body
Complementary Therapy Centre
93 Spon End
(Family/ couple sessions available on a Saturday )
(Young person sessions available both evenings and on a Saturday )
Clinic 41 , Medical Health Centre , Finham, Coventry , CV3 6FL
(Family / Couple/ Young person sessions available evenings and on a Saturday)
I am widely available during the evenings, weekends and school holidays.
I would be more than happy to offer a FREE confidential phone/ Skype chat (lasting around 15 - 20 mins) and answer any questions with no obligation to sign up for counselling sessions.
I will also email/text reply if this is your preferred option.
I also offer an initial consultation session (£40 adults, £35 children and young people - no pressure to sign up for further sessions)
Home visits are also considered
I am mainly available evenings , weekends and school holidays .
Talking therapy is a positive treatment for any emotional and mental health issue as well as being an effective support intervention for individuals experiencing a difficult life transition or personal crisis. Many of us can feel alone and withdrawn when faced with life's 'ups and downs'. Individuals do find that speaking and opening up about these 'ups and downs' in a safe and confidential environment, empowers them to make the right choices for them, enabling them to move safely and effectively forward in life.
The therapeutic relationship strongly involves the client’s voice being heard, listened to and genuinely supported.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.