Recent times have had an impact on all our lives, both for the good and bad. Change can be really difficult to negotiate especially if it is coupled with anxiety and loss. The pandemic has had an impact on how I have been delivering counselling. Online and telephone have offered many advantages including flexibility, convenience and sometimes an increased feeling of safety. I guess as with many other professions the changes are here to stay offering more choice and options and offering a wider and more accessible service.
Counselling is not an easy option, it takes courage to trust that the person sitting opposite you will offer a safe non-judgmental space. Somewhere that you can be free to explore your issues and any problems that you have. It is important to feel comfortable with the counsellor you chose.
I offer the first session free, giving you room to check me out and to make a decision on whether or not I will be the right person for you.
Counselling is however is an incredible experience and I have every faith and confidence in its ability to bring about therapeutic change, and personal growth.
I offer a confidential and secure service and work within the BACP ethical framework for the counselling profession. I have over 25 years experience and work using Person Centred theory. This means my counselling practice is tailored to your individual needs and uniqueness. I provide a safe space where you can explore any difficulties, enabling you to work through your issues and concerns. This can be very challenging but it provides a sense of increased self-worth and personal growth.
I also am qualified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing) Theory which the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends. This is a different theoretical approach where bilateral stimulation is used to process stuck memories usually resulting from some form of trauma. This can be useful for PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) which can often occur after experiences such as military combat, physical assault, rape, or car accidents.
I offer both short and long term therapy and will negotiate on cost depending on the type of counselling and duration you require. My normal charge for an hours counselling is £55. The first session is free, this can help establish if I am the right counsellor for you.
My experience is vast, and I have worked with many people male and female and their issues over the years. My specialisms include relationships and family issues, rape, sexual violence, childhood sexual abuse, low self-worth and esteem, anxiety and depression. A host of coping mechanisms such as self-harm, eating disorders, OCD, hoarding, drugs and alcohol.
Please feel free to inquire. If I am not the best person for you I will help point you in the right direction.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 25 years experience in counselling and psychotherapy. I have worked within many sectors including the NHS, Schools and colleges, Prison and probation service, and Charitable Organisations including Rape and Childhood Sexual Abuse, and Parenting.
I am a qualified teacher and trainer and have many years experience in teaching Counselling up to degree level.
I am a trainer and have ran various courses including Relationships, Sexual violence, Child sexual abuse, Creative counselling. These have included both day workshops and courses running over 12 weeks.
Over the years I have ran many therapeutic groups for both Men and Women.
My qualifications include:
- First Degree in Psychology
- Post Graduate degree in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
- EMDR Therapist
- Life Coach
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Flexible appointments available