I'm a supervisor and BACP Accredited counsellor, 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.
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. As well as having a private practice I work as Lead Counsellor for an NHS-funded psychological therapy service for West Kent, based in Sevenoaks.
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
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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.
I work from a ground floor consulting room in Leigh, a village in Kent close to Tonbridge and convenient for Hildenborough, Sevenoaks, Edenbridge and Tunbridge Wells. There is off-street parking and Leigh Station is a 10 minute walk away.