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MBACP (Accred)

About me

I have been working as a counsellor and counselling supervisor in educational organisations, the voluntary sector and private practice for the last 15 years. I work with adult clients from all over the UK and also abroad, including young adults that may be at college, university or finishing school. 

I provide a space where you can openly and safely express your thoughts and feelings about particular situations or events that may be troubling or distressing you.

I will listen attentively and without judgement and will seek to support you in making choices or changes that will help you live your life in a more meaningful and autonomous way.  I believe that positive change is always possible. 

Counselling is as a relational process, so the quality of our relationship will have the greatest impact. For this reason, I will do all I can to develop a trusting and collaborative relationship between us.

My Approach

My training is Person-Centred (Humanistic) and Integrative. I may bring together different elements of specific counselling models and theories depending what is needed or wished for.

There is no single approach that can help all individuals in all situations, so I value very much the richness and flexibility that my training offers. I have an interest and training in working with CBT, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy. I am also experienced in offering counselling using creative processes, like therapeutic writing or art. 

For brief information about Person Centred Counselling please see: https://www.bacp.co.uk/about-therapy/types-of-therapy/person-centred-counselling/

For brief information about Integrative Counselling please see: https://www.bacp.co.uk/about-therapy/types-of-therapy/integrative-counselling/

What I offer

I am flexible in terms of the kind and length of support I offer:

One at a time sessions (only one, or as many as you wish to have, spread out to meet your needs).

Brief focused counselling (up to 6 sessions). 

Longer term counselling (12 sessions or more, or on going). 

You can contact me via e-mail or telephone (see contact details) for a brief conversation and to organise an initial session (at a lower cost than regular counselling).

I can offer counselling in English or Spanish.

An initial session that will give us an opportunity to meet, to explore what brings you to counselling at this time, how counselling may help and to ask each other any further questions that seem important. During this session if we agree to work together, we could decide how many sessions initially we could meet for and how often. 

Sessions last 50 minutes and are usually once a week, but meeting with longer gaps is possible.

Professional Registration and Ethics

I am an accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy - membership number 0059164). I adhere to their standards and ethics and receive regular supervision from a trained and qualified supervisor.

I attend regular training, so I continue to learn and support my professional development and practice.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Certificate in Counselling Skills, University of the West of England, Bristol
  • Diploma in Professional Studies Counselling, University of the West of England, Bristol
  • Certificate in Supervision, Palmoasis, Bristol
  • Diploma in Supervision, Severn Talking Therapy, Bristol

I have also had training amongst others in Solution Focused Therapy, CBT from OCTC (Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre), Mindfulness (Mindfulness in Action), Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Therapy  (The Severnside Institute of Psychotherapy and Groups Analysis South West).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Cultural Displacement

Adoption

Emotional Impact of Study

Academic Studies

Health Anxiety

Fees

£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

COVID-19

I am aware of the huge impact COVID-19 is having on mental health and the ability of those needing support to access it. I offer some spaces with low fees, so please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to explore this option.

Initial Session: £35
50 Minutes Counselling Session: £45
Low Fees on offer.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Afternoon and evening.

Further information

I have worked as a counsellor since 2006 in a University setting where I have worked as part of the senior and counselling teams. I work with young and mature students and have also supported students with disabilities and neurodiversity as a mental health mentor. I have worked extensively with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, trauma and the emotional impact of academic studies.

I have significant experience and interest in working with illness, chronic & life threatening illness, bereavement and carers and was privileged to work for some years at the charity The Harbour in Bristol, that offers support in these areas.

I also have an interest in working with work related stress and general difficulties around work that could be relational or organisational.

Offering equality and inclusion in my practice and respecting and valuing diversity are very important to me personally and are the heart of my counselling work.

Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages

Spanish