MBACP (Accred), MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling
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About me and the way I work.
I offer a professional, accepting and safe space in which to look at problems and process difficult feelings and emotions. I am an experienced psychotherapist trained in a relational approach* which puts the way we feel about ourselves, the way we relate to those around us, and the way others relate to us at the very heart of the therapy.
Every therapy relationship is different, so I am also a collaborative therapist. This means if you choose me as your therapist, our work together will be bespoke to your needs; you will remain at the centre of decision-making and we will work at a pace that suits you.
I work with adults in-person, online or on the phone, and I work with couples in-person. ‘Couples’ in this context refers not only to life-partnership couples, but also to parent/offspring, sibling, and friendship couples.
I am trained and professionally qualified in online and telephone therapy. These forms of engaging in therapy, whilst not suitable for everyone, can work really well for those who are familiar and comfortable with communicating online, and for those who may find travel difficult, or who prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home. It can also offer a flexibility to those who have to fit therapy around other work or home-life commitments. I am always happy to discuss further if this is a form of therapy you may be considering.
The sort of issues I work with cover a wide range of problems including feelings of sadness, depression and anxiety, whether related to life circumstances, bereavement, relationship breakdown, sense of self, independence, control or illness. For eight years, I worked in hospice care offering therapy to individuals, couples and families and as such I have extensive experience and a particular interest in working with those who are experiencing health anxiety, chronic illness, grief and loss.
But I am also interested in working with issues of difference and those of you who feel like outsiders, out of synch with the mainstream, those who feel isolated and those who feel they have lost a sense of who they are and how they are in the world.
How can counselling and psychotherapy help?
It is not unusual for any of us to find ourselves in difficult and sometimes overwhelming situations. Life can be extremely stressful and can throw up huge and unexpected challenges. Or sometimes problems creep up on us and we become aware that we feel unhappy but don't really know why.
Feelings and emotions can be confusing, appear irrational and difficult to make sense of. We might not know where to start and it may feel impossible to talk to family or to friends, so usual sources of support and comfort no longer feel accessible or available.
If these sorts of situations resonate with you it may be really helpful to talk to a therapist; a professional 'stranger’ who remains outside your situation yet alongside you.
I offer a safe and confidential space in which you can explore and process your situation, voice and unpick your feelings, and consider choices and different ways in which to progress. I won’t tell you what you should do, but I will help you to become ‘unstuck’, and to access your own sense of agency in finding a way through.
[* Relational therapy is rooted in psychodynamic, humanistic and existential theories.]
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling (with eight years post-qualification experience)
- PG Cert. Systemic Practice
- Cert. in Online and Telephone Counselling
- BSc (Hons) Psychology
Over the past ten years I have worked as a therapist in palliative care, mental health, education, and refugee and asylum-seeker settings.
I have a background in psychiatric nursing; training in the 1980s and working in the NHS for a number of years. Following this, I worked within the voluntary sector in mental health and criminal justice settings, before further training and working in my current role as a counsellor, psychotherapist and systemic practitioner.
Registered / Accredited
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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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Chronic illness and palliative illness.
From £45.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
I charge £45 for a full hour session, and £60 per hour for couples, and concessionary rates for counselling trainees, students, and people who are unemployed or on low income. And I offer a free 30 minute initial phone consultation to make sure people feel comfortable and safe speaking with me before we contract to work together. I will provide a short information sheet which includes a contract, so that expectations and guidelines of therapy are clear.
Currently, I am offering phone and online (Zoom) therapy to individual adults, and in-person therapy to individual adults and to couples. I am available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If you feel you would like to access therapy with me, or if you want to discuss further, you can contact me by email or by phone on 07526 504 232. If I am unavailable please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Usually this will be within two working days.
When I work
I work closely with the BACP Ethical Framework, and regularly partake in ongoing supervision, training and continuing professional development opportunities in line with BACP guidelines. I am also enhanced DBS checked.