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Counselling/Psychotherapy, reg MBACP (Accred)

About me

I am a counsellor/psychotherapist (and clinical supervisor and trainer) with over 10 years experience in the field. I am a registered accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I believe that at any time of our lives we can reach a stage where we might feel stuck and dissatisfied, are perhaps anxious, angry or depressed and/or discover that we are engaging in behaviour that is destructive to ourselves and others. At other times we may experience painful loss or are faced with difficult situations or unexpected crisis.
In therapy,  I offer clients a space where I listen, so anything - what concerns you and what might go well - can be expressed. Together, therapist and client explore the client's life and circumstances present and past: How you came to be who you are, and how the choices you make are influencing your daily living. Such understanding leads to an increased awareness of the possibilities and choices available in life now, engendering more fulfilled living.
At no stage is it my role to make judgements on who you are or how you live, as you are the expert on your life!

Research tells us that the main factor for positive therapeutic outcome is the relationship between therapist and client. Therefore, establishing a good, open and creative therapeutic relationship is of primary importance to me.
I work integratively, meaning that I draw from a variety of therapeutic approaches  (such as psychodynamic, CBT or the humanistic therapies), because everybody is different and different therapeutic techniques and methods work for different people. My main aim is to be as flexible as possible in order to find ways of therapeutic working that help my clients best.
As I see all aspects of life as interconnected, I take all four dimensions of a person into account: emotional, mental, physical and spiritual.

For example, during sessions concerns can be explored through conversation, but we might also use creative, mental imagery processes to aid the exploration, if a client wishes to work in this way. I am also happy to include meditation (for example, Mindfulness Practices have a proven track record in the treatment of anxiety and depression), if a client finds this beneficial.    

As part of our first meeting, we would establish your wishes and expectations regarding the therapy process. I offer daytime and evening appointments throughout the week.

For further information about how I work and about my background, please, also see my website.

Training, qualifications & experience

2011 Diploma in Integrative Supervision
2006 Diploma HE in Integrative Counselling
2004 Certificate in Integrative Counselling

I am enroled on the Doctorate in Psychotherapy (DPsych) programme with the Metanoia Institute, London

1995 (German equivalent) Diploma PG
1993 (German equivalent) MA

I have worked as an integrative therapist since 2005, offering counselling and psychotherapy to a wide range of clients in a variety of settings:
I have worked with adult clients in the voluntary and charitable sector, seeking help for a broad range of issues, such as anxiety, stress, relationships, abuse, depression, trauma.
I was a therapist in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Essex (CAMHS), offering therapy to adolescent clients in secondary schools and at the Children's Support Services (CFF), re-integrating young people into main stream schooling.
I have worked with families, offering therapeutic consultations and mental health advice to parents/caregivers and school staff.
I primarily work in private practice now, continuing to offer counselling and psychotherapy to adults and older adolescents (16+), seeking help for a wide range of concerns.

I am a qualified clinical supervisor, working with both, student counsellors and experienced counsellors/psychotherapsts in private practice and for a number of organisations. 
I am lecturer in counselling at the University of Suffolk (UOS), teaching on the FdA/BA degree in Counselling.
I am a founder member and former trustee of OACS, a community based counselling service in South-East Essex.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am interested in imagery and the role of the imagination in therapy and how working in this way contributes to improved well being.
I welcome clients seeking therapy for self development, i.e. counselling/psychotherapy students; counsellors/psychotherapists

Fees

Additional information

Counselling/Psychotherapy :

If you prefer to talk over the phone first. I offer an initial, 20 minute, phone consultation for free.
Generally, fees are as follows:

Rayleigh:
    £ 45.00 for first (assessment) session (60 mins);
                  £ 45.00 per session (60 mins) afterwards.
                  concessions available for unemployed clients or counselling students on request

Supervision: £45 per full hour

When I work

Monday daytime and evening; Friday morning

Further information

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions you might have and we can discuss/clarify via email or over the phone.

Rayleigh, Essex, SS6

Type of session

In person
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Additional languages

German