A warm welcome. I am an experienced BACP Accredited counsellor and psychotherapist working in my established private practice. I offer a confidential environment working with both individuals and couples.
Recognition is the first step to change.
I imagine that if you are reading this you may be having a difficult time.
Do you feel anxious, stressed or are struggling to cope?
Taking that first step to find a counsellor may feel daunting, especially when life may already feel very challenging, so here is a little about how counselling could be beneficial to you and how I work.
Challenges during these rapidly changing times around us may mean you have forgotten how to 'enjoy life' or perhaps you are not taking care of yourself. You may feel down but not understand why and you may be experiencing relationship issues.
It may be memories from the past that are deeply buried away, present issues or worries about the future that may continue to encroach in your life.
It can feel easier to bottle up our emotions in order to seem to be coping. However, in the long-term, suppressing emotions can have an impact on both our emotional and physical health.
Experiencing anxiety, depression, stress or illness can be a good indicator that something is wrong. Counselling can be a way of valuing your body and mind balance, helping to restore emotional wellbeing.
Health is a state of body: Wellness is a state of being
How I work:
Integrative therapy allows me to bring elements of different theories towards a combined approach taking into account the uniqueness of each individual. I work 'relationally' within this model. I believe the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is both psychologically and emotionally healing. Establishing trust and safety is paramount, within a confidential setting which enables you to feel heard and understood.
My aim as a counsellor is to help you work through any issues you may have or a difficult period in your life that you are struggling with, helping to uncover and explore the root cause of any concerns and difficulties. To help you find acceptance, become self-aware, empowered and restore your sense of wellbeing, therefore enabling choice or change within yourself.
I am passionate about my work; it is both a responsibility and a privilege to be an integral part of my client's exploration and new understanding.
Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life...
I understand how difficult it may be to make that first contact for help and I am happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
All enquiries are strictly confidential. Please contact me by telephone or email.
I offer an initial free 30 minute consultation, providing you with the opportunity to gain a sense if you would like to work with me, and what you would like to gain from your sessions. There is no obligation to commit to ongoing therapy unless you feel ready and comfortable to do so.
The length and focus of work varies according to individual needs and circumstances and I can be flexible to your needs. I offer daytime, evening and Saturday morning appointments.
Counselling in Surrey and Hampshire:
I offer therapy from my two private practice locations based in central Farnham Surrey and in Upper Hale, Hampshire ; conveniently located for the local areas of Fleet, Aldershot, Farnborough, Alton, Guildford and Godalming.
Training, qualifications & experience
I also hold a BACP Accreditation; a quality standard for the experienced practitioner, demonstrating high standards of competent and ethical practice.
BA (Hons) Counselling (University of Greenwich)
Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling (University of Greenwich)
NCFE level 1 Award in Interpersonal Skills
NCFE level 2 Award in Counselling Helping Skills
NCFE level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory
Mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Advanced Diploma
Advanced Certificate in Couples Relationship Therapy endorsed by CORST (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists)
Accredited professional member of The Foundation for Infant Loss and Bereavement
I am registered with the regulatory body; British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and practice in accordance with the BACP Code of Ethics. I hold full Professional Liability Insurance and a clear enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check.
Counsellor for The University for Creative Arts
Counsellor at Guildford Rape and Sexual Abuse support Centre
I offer self-esteem workshops to pupils in secondary schools throughout Surrey, promoting mental and emotional wellbeing for students.
Continued Professional Development
As part of my continued professional development I regularly attend additional training/workshops some of which have included:
Online therapy Institute: moving your practice online training
Understanding Dissociation and Complex Disorders
Body Psychotherapy and Dissociation
Attachment and Wellbeing with Sir Richard Bowlby
When Sexual Abuse Never Ends with Dr Adah Sachs PhD
1: Recognising these clients and understanding their attachment
2: Ongoing abuse and Dissociation
3: Advanced considerations for attachment-based therapy with the perpetually abused person
Understanding Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Advanced Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Pre and Post-natal Depression
Pregnancy and Infant Loss
Sand Play Therapy
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
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
Concessions offered for
Initial 30 minute free consultation, telephone or online
Individual face to face counselling for 50 minutes - £55
Online or telephone counselling for 50 minutes- £50
Couples session for 1 hour -£65
Day time and evening appointments available
Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS) is an ongoing physical complaint with no find of an obvious physiological cause or detection of disease.
Medically unexplained symptoms include pain in your joints or muscles, persistent headaches, fatigue, insomnia, dizziness, stomach complaints. Syndromes related to MUS include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
There is a high incidence of anxiety disorders and depression reported in those who suffer from medically unexplained symptoms.
In my experience treating the psychological problem has often been found to help alleviate the physical problems.