No current availability for new referrals but happy to answer any queries. Asking for help isn't easy but we all need to at various times. The sooner we can admit that we need help, the sooner we can begin to address those aspects of our lives which make it so difficult to move forward in new and positive directions.
There are many reasons for seeking a counsellor. You may feel you have low self-esteem and want to understand the reason for it – to turn it around. You may be trying to cope with grief, loss or bereavement. You may be feeling depressed, anxious, angry, stressed or be having difficulties in your relationships. Perhaps you are looking for someone to accompany you as you take your next step, to help you to bring about a meaningful new direction in your life or to cope with change in a fast-moving world.
Finding the right counsellor/psychotherapist can feel like a daunting prospect so our initial session will be as informal as possible, a chance to meet each other and touch on what brings you to counselling, and for us to see if we can work together.
I offer a welcoming space in Kingswood for you to explore whatever it is you are grappling with.
I have 8 years' experience as a professional counsellor in a variety of settings including a counselling charity, university counselling services and private practice. I am experienced in counselling young adults from the age of 18 up to older adults with a broad range of presentations.
I believe deeply in our inherent capacity to discover a more authentic relationship to ourselves, and that with the right support, love, time and patience it is possible to transform so many aspects of our lives.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified professional counsellor trained in the Person-Centred Approach and I hold a Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of East Anglia.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and am guided by its ethical framework.
As well as working privately, providing short-term, long-term and time-limited counselling for EAP clients, I have also worked at the UEA Counselling Service, Norwich Centre for Personal and Professional Development and the University of Bristol Student Counselling Service.
Ongoing Professional Development
June 2017 ‘When anger endangers relationships: self-harm as a solution’ – Severside Institute for Psychotherapy 2 hour lecture
Nov 2017 ‘Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment’ with Carolyn Spring, PODS (1 day workshop)
July 2017 'Being Seriously Playful' with René Veugelers by Children Focusing UK (1 day workshop)
May 2017 ‘Working with Children and Young People: Self Harm, Eating Disorders and Supporting the LGBT Community’ (17 hour online BACP CPD package)
April 2017 Working with the Impact of Trauma with Bristol University Student Counselling Service (1 day workshop)
Mar 2017 An evening with Susie Orbach, BACP
Jan 2017 ‘Self-help and Self-care for Ourselves and our Clients’ with Bristol University Student Counselling Service (1 day workshop)
Sept 2013–May 2016 Ongoing monthly 3 hour Personal Development Group
Sept-Dec 2014 Dissociation and the Three Stages of Therapy – 4 part course delivered by First Person Plural and based on their training DVD ‘No Two Paths the Same – living and working therapeutically with Dissociative Identity Disorder’.
June 2014 Working with young people who have been abused or traumatized – 3 hour evening workshop by MAP (Mancroft Advice Project)
July 2014 Working with Young People Who Self Harm: Dealing with the Harm, Engaging with the Self – one day workshop with MAP
Jan 2013 BACP Professional Development Day: How to ethically set up, market and develop a successful private practice.
April 2013 Self-Love: The Transcendent and Healing Power of Unconditional Positive Self-Regard by Beth Freire, University of Aberdeen
June 2013 Eating Distress and Weight Issues – Mary Purnell - Pentas Assocs, Evening Presentation
July 2013 Focusing workshop with Professor Akira Ikemi of Kansai University School of Professional Clinical Psychology, Osaka, Japan
Dec 2013 Mental Distress from the Inside: Postnatal Depression - Pentas Assocs, Evening Presentation
Oct 2012 The Practice of Person-centred Couple and Family Therapy: 3 hour lecture by Charles O’Leary
Oct 2011 Training for the Sue Lambert Trust, providing support for survivors of sexual abuse.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50 per session (50 minutes)
£20 initial exploratory session (30/40 mins)