BACP Registered Counsellor and Supervisor on the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register, offering therapeutic support to individuals age 19+. Based in the centre of Winchester, close to the railway station and free 2hour parking. Daytime and evening Practice.
Please note: My usual practice days are Mon Tues Wed. Limited Thursday supervision slots now available.
My work has taken me to many countries and into many and varied cultural settings. I am in my 50s and bring a wealth of both life and professional experience to my practice as a Counsellor and Supervisor.
People consider coming to counselling for many different reasons and there is no threshold for the difficulty or pain you may be experiencing for coming along to explore what might feel right for you. Some people will consider a few professionals or types of support before deciding what feels comfortable at any time and I would encourage this.
I offer both short-term and long-term weekly sessions. I do appreciate that everyone has a life outside of the counselling room and recommend that clients attend weekly, in order to get the most out of counselling. Inevitably there will be some interruption for breaks and unexpected events. We can discuss your commitments and agree a plan together.
There is no 'one size fits all' to how I work with clients. Developing a mutual and trusting relationship is a key foundation to getting the most from counselling. I am trained in different therapeutic models and will integrate my experience and skills to ensure that I work with you in a way that pays attention to and appreciates you as an individual.
My aim is to provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space for you to feel comfortable to explore any aspect of your life. Everyone works at their own unique pace and responds to therapeutic approaches in different ways. There is no measure or scale for being a 'good client'. Just come along and be yourself and work with what feels comfortable and safe for you.
I am on the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and practice according to their Ethical Framework. I will work collaboratively with you to provide a safe and non-judgemental space for you to explore whatever you may want to talk about.
Experienced in aspects of safeguarding, I can support you with safety planning and signposting to appropriate agencies where applicable.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc Psychological Trauma
- FdA Counselling (Humanistic, based on Transactional Analysis)
- CCTP Complex Trauma Certification levels 1&2
- Dip. Stress Management
- Cert. CBT
- Cert EMDR
- Cert Single Session Therapy
- BSc Psychology
Qualified EMDR Practitioner. Approved (ICISF) Instructor and interventionist for Critical Incident Stress Management (immediate aftermath of traumatic incidents)
Stress Management Consultant/Trainer
Before qualifying as a Counsellor, I volunteered with Samaritans for 6 years and with Victim Support for 4.5 years, working both face-to-face and by telephone with those experiencing difficulties in their life; including the life impact of road traffic accidents, neighbourhood crime, depression, anxiety, sexual and domestic abuse, bereavement by homicide, imprisonment, loss, experience of the Criminal Justice System and people struggling to cope with overwhelming situations, including suicidal thoughts.
I also volunteered with Andover MIND as both a Counsellor and in an Advocate role offering emotional and practical support to carers of those living with Dementia.
I have a lot of experience working with those affected by sexual and emotional abuse, including Childhood Sexual Abuse. People can carry their experiences alone for many years before feeling ready to explore support. Sometimes there can be a sudden or unexpected trigger which can change how they have been coping - this can feel confusing and scary.
In 2017, I was nominated for two international awards for Critical Incident training delivery to peers and conducting strategic and multifunctional interventions following trauma.
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
My more recent experience and training is with post traumatic stress inc. PTSD, sexual and domestic abuse, borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety, work related stress, self-harm and gender identity.
Free initial telephone or online session
£50 per Counselling session (50 minutes) weekly
£50 per initial Assessment session (1hr 15mins)
I offer a FREE 30 MINUTE online video meeting or telephone call for those considering working with a Counsellor - this gives you an opportunity to ask questions and to get a feel for the counselling space, including whether some sessions may be right for you. It also allows you to speak a little about what has brought you to counselling and for me to explain a little about how I work.
£50 per 60min supervision session and longer group rates by arrangement
Currently working with a blend of online and in-person sessions during the Covid-19 climate. Usual practice days: Mon Tues Wed.
All pro bono places for Frontline workers in use.
Limited available counselling session times as@September 2021
Keyworker bro bono places full
Please feel free to contact me by email or telephone to explore options.