Beverley Jane Simpkins MBACP MNCS (Accred)
It takes courage to make the first step towards having counselling. Life can be complex and we all hit points where we really can't see the woods through the trees, I can help you to work this out in a safe and comfortable setting. When I trained I wanted to learn many of the theories as everybody is different and whilst one theory might work for one person it may not suit another. I am a qualified Integrative counsellor which means I have knowledge of various theories allowing me to find one that works for you, I also work with CBT if requested. I have a special interest in working with stress and anxiety.
Maybe you are struggling with relationship or family issues, or work isn't going too well, perhaps you have health problems or have low self-esteem. Counselling could help you understand these problems and work with them in a more constructive way. Sometimes we simply just get stuck at a point in our lives and don't feel happy - I could help you to see exactly what is going on, or simply give you a chance to talk and to be heard.
I offer daytime and evening appointments and work with adults and couples. I work from clinics in Sanderstead and Coulsdon in Surrey and Sevenoaks and West Wickham in Kent. I also offer online therapy via Skype, Zoom,WhatsApp or FaceTime etc and telephone sessions.
People come to counselling for a wide range of issues including:
Anxiety and stress
Lack of confidence and self esteem
Seeing a counsellor could help you look at what is going on in your life and help you to find the answers that you need.
You can talk about anything that is worrying you in a respectful and confidential setting. I would welcome the opportunity to work with you, to help you work through the difficulties and look at the choices open to you. Having a chance to talk about things with someone who has no other place in your life can often help.
Sessions last 50 minutes and are usually weekly. If you are not sure about counselling, you are welcome to phone me to see if it is for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified counsellor. My training is Integrative which means I use several different theories, this allows me to use the style and technique best suited to you. I can offer both short and long term therapy. My Professional Advanced Diploma is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing. Being an accredited member of the National Counselling Society I abide by their code of ethics. In addition to this the National Counselling Society's register is accredited to the Department of Heath's Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR) scheme.
I am a member of BACP and am on their register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists.
I hold an Advanced Professional Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling and a Diploma in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
I am in regular supervision and I am fully insured. I have a current Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Certificate.
I have also worked as a voluntary counsellor at Mind, one of the countries leading charities working with health issues.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£60 - 1 hour
£70 - 1 hour
£130 - 2 hour intensive rescue session
In special circumstances I will come to your home.