When it comes to life's problems, such as anxiety/depression/life style changes, talking can be difficult. But it can also be helpful. I enjoy meeting new clients and should you be considering counselling, or wish to know more about how it works, please feel free to make contact.
To reassure clients of my professional standards and capability, I have gone through the accreditation process at BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists www.BACP.co.uk), and subsequently been approved as a accredited counsellor. This is defined as "a scheme to recognise the achievement of high standards of knowledge, experience and development in counselling..."
This can only be undertaken once you are qualified and have accumulated adequate experience.
How Can Counselling Help?
Research often tells us that the most important factor in achieving a positive outcome from therapy is the relationship with the therapist. Accordingly, a key aspect of my service as a qualified counsellor is to provide the client with a reliable and safe environment - a place where life’s difficulties can be considered.
And at a pace that is comfortable with the clients wishes.
My Style Of Work
With any new client my first role is to fully understand their difficulties and what brought them to therapy. Beyond that my style of work is very much about forming a collaboration with the client so that we can work effectively together. To achieve this my service evolves which each client.
In terms of how I work, I am an Integrative Therapist.
This means I have studied, and can use, various psychological schools of thought within our work. This allows me to use the most relevant aspects of multiple theories that may assist the client. Research informs us that clients are best served by counsellors who can adapt their service rather than offer a single school of approach.
The way I see it, each client is unique.
When clients feel heard, as well as respected, they can become increasingly able to consider the difficulties they face, as well access solutions that seemed out of reach.
In addition to my private work, I have been a volunteer counsellor in various agencies, including Sanctuary House Men’s Homeless Shelter, and two organisations where I was the founder of the counselling service, namely; The Royal British Legion (counsellor to ex-services) and The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (staff counsellor).
My experience has exposed me to a wide variety of life’s problems with clients of all sexes, ages, sexualities, religions and nationalities, to name but a few differences.
Every person is welcome.
For much of my profession career I have been a Chartered Surveyor (RICS). Combined, these professions of Counselling and Surveying have exposed me to a wide variety of people and circumstances. But whatever role I provide, I always seek to deliver a professional and trustworthy service.
Sessions are 50mins in length. The main therapy is 45 mins with the final five mins to consider the work, themes that have emerged for future work, and generally wrap up the session.
There is no minimum number of sessions, and no obligation to continue. The regularity of the sessions is up to the client. This could be once a week, every fortnight, or longer.
For access, I work from a centrally located office in St Helier. Online counselling may also available.
Training, qualifications & experience
Counselling training and experience
I am a fully qualified, registered and accredited therapist with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. (see bacp.co.uk for further information).
I am a prolific studier and undertake new training on a frequent basis. Current areas of study include; Trauma, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and Transactional Analysis.
BACP Registered number: 381163
Other Qualifications And Training
- BSc (Hons), Land Management, University of Reading
- MSc, Marketing, University of Manchester
- MRICS - Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
- Volunteer Counsellor - Sanctuary House Trust, Royal British Legion, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
- Dip.TA - Diploma in Transactional Analysis (Distinction)
I have also been involved with non-profit organisations such Jersey Business Venture (Chair and Board member) and Jersey Business Limited (founding Director).
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I welcome all people, and all issues.
However, it is worth noting that, like every therapist, I am under an ethical duty to consider whether it is suitable for me to work with each client.
Should this not be the case, then I will seek to support and help the client in the transfer to another service, therapist or agency.
Monday 8.45am Tuesday 3.15pm or 4.30pm Friday 3.15pm or 4.30pm
At present, and subject to availability, my available times are;
Tuesday 3.15pm or 4.30pm
Friday 3.15pm or 4.30pm.