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Adv Dip Counselling, BA (Hons) Psychology, MBACP

About me

I am an experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist working with adults and young people from all backgrounds, with a wide range of issues including, Neurodiversity (e.g. Autism, ADHD, ADD), anxiety, depression, panic attacks, stress, relationship and interrelation issues, identity and gender-based issues, abuse, trauma, loss and bereavement, marital issues (breakdown/divorce) and identity.

I also have experience of working with the misuse of drugs and alcohol and issues related to these problems and work on a voluntary basis for a leading Drug and Alcohol Mental Health service, and I'm a trained NHS youth counsellor working with issues around alcohol and drug abuse.

I help people with the emotional and psychological difficulties that arise in their lives. At times of emotional difficulty and doubt, our confidence can be challenged, we can begin to feel anxious and our mood becomes depressed.

Issues that arise in the present can trigger feelings and experiences from the past, leading to difficulties in dealing with our current lives. Sharing our thoughts when we feel low or anxious can really help to understand why we are feeling the way we are.

Perhaps you need to be “heard” to talk about your feelings and issues that you would never share with others. Your feelings may have roots in your past, or may stem from current emotional dilemmas, it is not always easy to say how we became to feel the way we do.

This is where counselling can help, providing a secure and confidential environment to share your feelings and thoughts without being judged or assessed.

What happens next?

I am available to take on new clients and I offer an initial free telephone or video consultation, to explore the reasons why you are looking for counselling. Please call me on 07784 133224 or send me an email so that we can explore us working together, and should you decide to proceed we will arrange future appointments, dates, and times.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MBACP Registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling And Psychotherapy).
  • Advanced Diploma in therapeutic counselling
  • Degree in Psychology
  • Studied for an MSc in Occupational Psychology
  • MA in Existential Coaching (ongoing).

Additional training

  • Creative & Symbolic Strategies
  • Working at Depth
  • Existential Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Suicide Prevention Training
  • Online Telephone & Video Counselling
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  • BACP Counselling Online
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • DBS cleared (Enhanced)
  • 8 weeks extensive Training Drugs & Alcohol
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Autism Training (NHS)
  • 9 weeks Training with NHS, working with Young People
  • Training to work online (BACP/OU)
  • Pluralist Approach to Therapy
  • Working with Relational depth
  • FGM Training
  • Transgender Issues.

Member organisations

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.

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Fees

From £40.00 to £50.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer an initial free telephone or video consultation, to explore the reasons why you are looking for counselling. It offers you an opportunity to ask me any questions about counselling.

My usual fees are £40.00 to £50.00 per session, however, I offer concessions for students, the unemployed, and the elderly.

In our initial session, whether this is by telephone, video or face to face, we can explore us working together and should you decide to proceed we will arrange future appointments, dates and times. All sessions are 50 minutes in duration.

I ask that should you need to cancel an appointment you give as much notice as you are able to, and should you cancel with less than 24 hours I will have to charge for this at the usual rate. There is no charge for holiday breaks if informed in advance.

When I work

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I am available to take on new clients, I am able to see clients in person, or if preferred via selected online platforms. Open to earlier or later times

Further information

My counselling rooms are clean, warm, and relaxing space to support the therapeutic process. In my practice I work relationally, providing a space in which you are able to feel safe and supported to enable you to explore what are sometimes difficult and challenging issues. 

Hampshire, GU51

Farnham, Surrey, GU9

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom