Hello and welcome to my page. I trained to be a counsellor for many reasons but mostly for the fact that I wanted my work life to be meaningful and I have personally seen just how valuable counselling can be. I work from home in my own private practice and offer both long and short term therapy at reasonable rates. If you have any questions after reading my profile then please feel free to contact me.
How can I help
I primarily trained as a person centred counsellor, but I also draw on my integrative skills so that my counselling practice can be tailored to meet the individual needs of my clients. Person centred therapy is generally non-directive, basically it means that I will not lead you in anyway, and you will ultimately decide on what issues you want to discuss.
I can offer you a private space where you can talk about any issues you may be having without being judged. Talking with a family member or friend can of course be helpful, but you may also hold back your true feelings as you may not want to upset them or cause them any worry. Talking to someone you don't know may seem strange but it allows you to be able to speak freely which can be one of the biggest benefits of counselling. My role will be to listen and help you see things more clearly and possibly from a different view point. My aim as your counsellor will be to assist you to understand your issues and help you to cope with your feelings. Therapy will give you the time to talk, cry, shout or just think and it's all done within a safe and confidential environment.
When and where?
I have a comfortable space within my own home. Roadside parking is available directly next to my house. If you would prefer I am also available to travel and visit you within your own home for a small fee added on top to cover my petrol costs. I am available in the daytime Monday to Friday. Some evening appointments also available.
There will be an initial free of charge, no obligation assessment session that will last 45mins. This will be the perfect opportunity for us to meet and to discuss what your issues are and how we can work together. This can either be done at my house, or within your own home if you wish to have your counselling there. It's vital that you feel comfortable with me and hopefully after this initial meeting you will be able to decide if you wish to have me as your counsellor.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am qualified to Diploma level and I'm also a registered member of the BACP (British association for counselling and psychotherapy) this means I am bound to working within their professional and ethical code of practice. My counselling qualifications are as follows,
ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
ABC Level 2 Award in Counselling Concept
BACP Certificate of proficiency
Continued professional development is something I take very seriously, so I regularly undertake additional training in order to keep my counselling practice safe, relevant and informed.
Other training courses recently completed
Certificate in OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)
Certificate in Eating disorders
Certificate in Alcohol misuse
Certificate in self harm
Certificate in PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder)
Certificate in Panic Attacks
Certificate in Depression
Certificate in Consent
Certificate in Diversity and Equality
Certificate in Principles of care and Confidentiality
Certificate in Fire training
First aid at work
My working background is primarily in mental health as I have worked in the care sector for the past 19yrs. In that time I have worked with a wide range of adults with both severe and mild learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. I have also worked for Leicestershire police as a Police support volunteer for 5 years, working with vulnerable adults and victims of low level crime, but sadly had to resign my position in August 2019 due to a lack of time.
In my private practice I have worked with clients with a wide range of issues including PTSD, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and loss, anger issues and also panic disorders.
As a trainee counsellor my experience was primarily in bereavement as I worked as a grief counsellor for St Barnabas Hospice based at Grantham for 4yrs providing pre and post bereavement counselling. And through St Barnabas I also worked with carers of patients and patients themselves who were either terminally ill or suffering from a life limiting illness. As a grief counsellor I worked with adults who presented with a wide range of issues because the loss of someone would often bring unresolved issues to the surface. Some of these issues included, historical abuse, relationship problems, guilt and anger.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am specialized in grief and loss. And Anxiety and Anxiety disorders.
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Fees are taken at the end of each session and can be paid either by cash or bank transfer. You will not be committed to pay for a course of sessions as we shall review this as we go along, but if you wish to book in advance you can book 6 sessions which will come at a reduced fee. My hourly rates are as follows,
£35 for individuals
£55 for couples
£25 for students
6 sessions booked and paid for in advance will be,
£175 for individuals.....saving £35
£275 for couples.....saving £55
£125 for students......saving £25
I'm available throughout the day Monday to Friday. Some evening appointments also available.