Life can bring us many difficulties, challenges, issues, stresses and anxieties. It can also bring many over whelming feelings such as pain, anger, sadness, hopelessness, guilt and regret. I am a gentle, emphathic, non judgmental counsellor; I see myself as a down to earth regular person and believe in talking to people on their own level. I am experienced in both youth and adult counselling and I provide a safe environment for you to explore all issues in a clean, bright, private room in Westcliff-on-Sea. Counselling is a regular confidential space for you to be heard, understood and valued, a place to work through everything you are feeling or experiencing in life.
I am based in person centred therapy but I believe in being open to other models of counselling and using other models as it suits the client’s needs, this is called integrative counselling. I am open minded about all aspects of therapy and of course my clients own experience and issues.
During my studies I worked at Relate on a new youth counselling service and since qualifying I have continued to work with youth as well as adults. I work with many children and young people in foster care and also with adult foster carers.
I have worked with many of the following issues with both adults and youth; anger and anxiety, depression, low self-confidence, low self-esteem, body image, stress, feeling low and demotivated, loneliness, isolation, identity, culture, bullying, sexual abuse, drugs and alcohol and associated feelings, panic, emotional abuse, self harm, relationship issues, sexuality, guilt, shame, loss, pain, spirituality, school or work related pressure.
Although many also use therapy as a weekly form of support a place to bring the daily pressures that life brings us, a regular place to be heard.
As early as my teens my friends often came to me when they were troubled. I enjoyed listening and they told me that they felt I understood them, that I was a good listener and that I was honest with them. My own life experiences lead to issues and those issues lead me to my own counselling journey and that in turn lead me to wanting to study and train to be a counsellor. I found the interaction and understanding and empathy I received in therapy helped me immensely, being heard and not being judged on the things I said, the issues I talked about, the pain I felt. Sometimes talking about something out loud, something buried or painful can bring a whole new perspective. I know what it’s like to be in a bad place and that’s why I want to help others find the answers, peace and the understanding they need as they embark on their own counselling journey. I am open minded, friendly and empathic and I've been told by clients and fellow counsellors that I am natural, intuitive and warm.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level Two Introduction to Basic Counselling Skills.
Level Two Intermediate Counselling Skills.
Foundation 3rd year studies in Counselling (Counselling Skills Level 2, Counselling Theory Level 3 Personal Development Level 2 and Reflective Practitioner Level 3).
Level 4 Advanced Diploma In Therapeutic Counselling.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere to the BACP's ethical code of practice.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
I offer a free half hour personal consultation at my counseling room or a free half hour phone consultation for any potential clients. Both with no obligations.
Sessions there after £40 per 1 hour session.
I also offer a reduced rate of £30 for students.
Other concessions offered - details available on request.
Free parking available in near by Crowstone Road and other surrounding roads. Also on London Road although limited to one hour waiting. There is a bus stop directly outside the building on the London Road and nearby on the opposite side of London Road. Many buses from Hadleigh, Rayleigh, Leigh, Southend and surrounding areas run this route including the Number's 3 , 5 , 21 , 21a. Nearest land marks are the Argosy Toy Shop directly opposite and the Trading Rooms public house two doors away from my practice.