I am a qualified integrative counsellor with specialist training in bereavement, whether recent or many years since. I am particularly interested in the very meaning of life as a human being (existentialism). I will support you in exploring how you feel about your own life and how you relate to others, by helping you to unravel key issues and events that have led to where you are today. Sometimes we 'forget' past experiences, and with some exploration it may become clear how we have developed a mindset that is not be serving us well, which can then become a springboard to new perspectives.
I work in a person centred way, meaning you choose what you want to focus on and I will support you in threading together the most effective way for you to progress. I integrate different therapy styles with the aim of finding what will support you in finding new meaning and advancing from your own history into a life you choose.
I am experienced in working with difference, whether it be cultural, ethnic or sexual.
If you find external resources useful, I may suggest resources such as books and podcasts, techniques and strategies, to support you in building resilience for your mental wellbeing.
I offer a safe and confidential space for you to speak about anything you want to raise, with no fear of judgement, just an openness to understanding how life is for you right now, and how you may want it to progress.
Training, qualifications & experience
Integrative Counselling FDSc (Plymouth)
I have specialist training in bereavement and have volunteered for a number of years with Cruse, the UK’s foremost bereavement charity.
I also work with a charity who offer counselling to 9-25 year olds.
I regularly participate in ongoing professional training, studying different forms of therapy, most recently Transactional Analysis 101 (September 2020).
I have regular supervision, in line with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to the BACP ethical guidelines which can be viewed at www.bacp.co.uk.
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
Concessionary rates available in certain circumstances.
I am happy to have a complementary phone discussion before our first session to talk about what you are looking for from counselling and whether you feel I will be the right counsellor for you.