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Counsellor and Supervisor

About me

I'm a counsellor and supervisor, committed to quality counselling that is professional, compassionate, and potent. My aim is to offer a safe, supportive and sensitive place in which to explore what's important to you - how you feel, think, and experience your life. Out of this exploration can come many jewels, as I am still learning in my own personal work.

About my service

I offer individual adult counselling for a wide range of issues and problems. I work in a way that values and respects all of your experience, aiming to bring heightened awareness and perhaps discovering new resources with which to tackle difficulties. My emphasis is on what's happening for you now, and I may invite you to try exploring situations with experiential work including drawing, clay modelling and dialogue.

I have a particular interest in what is sometimes called the inner critic or inner judge. This is a harsh, judgemental inner voice that many of us are uncomfortably familiar with. It tends to criticise, shame and belittle us - nothing we do seems good enough. Recognising and developing a measure of disengagement from this voice can often encourage movement.

Where appropriate I make use of the Enneagram system of personality types, which I have studied formally and informally for many years.

About me

I have long been fascinated by what is ultimately most important to us - our actual experience of being alive, with all of its joy and happiness, pain and suffering, love and hate. I worked in mental health social work for a few years near the start of my working life, then got distracted with a lengthy spell in music and sound recording. Now I have returned to my first passion and trained as a counsellor, and my work has never felt more valuable and rewarding.

Training, qualifications & experience

Post Graduate Diploma in Supervision, InterPsyche
Diploma in Counselling, The Gestalt Centre, London
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Skills, The Grove Practice, London
Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Skills, The Gestalt Centre, London
Riso-Hudson Enneagram Professional Training Part 1
Advanced Enneagram workshop with Sandra Maitri

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

Fees

Additional information

Sessions are £45 per hour and can be paid by cash, cheque; or online by bank transfer, debit/credit card or PayPal using the online payment page on my website. I ask that sessions cancelled with less than a day’s notice are paid for, however I do allow for one unavoidable cancellation every six months.

Tonbridge, TN10

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

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