"Because sometimes it's better when someone comes with you..."
My aim is to walk in your shoes, at your pace, and remain on your side - with the added value of seeing your life from a different angle, to help you feel more positive and achieve your goals.
Mental health is relative - no problem is too small not to bother addressing if it affects your daily life, and no problem is too big to believe it cannot be overcome. Whatever 'it' is, it will be explored.
My approach to counselling and psychotherapy is integrative, that means I have been trained to create and adapt different methods, based upon two key principles; person-centred (which looks at the here and now) and psychodynamic (which focuses on the past).
The counselling room is in a renovated stable block in the grounds and gardens of Malvern View, originally an 18th Century farmhouse in the village of Apperley, near Cheltenham. I offer private, gated parking in a tranquil village setting and with no possibility of being seen or overlooked, it is the ideal place for confidential therapy sessions. The room has glass doors offering views across the countryside and based in stables, the room has an equine design.
I also offer online counselling - with or without a view to moving to face-to-face. Please contact me, to find a way that works for you.
I have had the COVID vaccine.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Foundation Degree in Therapeutic Counselling with Distinction from Gloucestershire University, hold Certificates in Counselling Skills and Studies from the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) and am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I am currently studying for a Diploma in Criminal Psychology in relation to supporting victims of serious and violent crimes.
In addition to working in private practice, I worked as an Appropriate Adult for Gloucestershire Constabulary. In this role I offered support to detained adults who suffered with mental health problems to cope with police interviews and time spent in the cells.
I have spent time working in an NHS Eating Disorders clinic, helping in group therapy, and since 2017 have worked at Cruse Bereavement Care offering one-to-one counselling to those who have lost loved ones to suicide, homicide and road traffic accidents.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Monday to Friday - please see website for available times
When it comes to counselling, each person’s life story and how they view the world is unique. Likewise, there is no single approach to identifying and working through a specific issue. Counselling offers you the space to discover new perspectives and can equip you with the skills you need to overcome problems