Welcome to my profile. I have been counselling adults, young people and children for many years in private practice with a variety of issues. Recently, I have seen an increase in anxiety and depression linked to the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact this is having on young people/children, who very often find it difficult voicing their concerns/fears. I have over 15 years experience counselling children of all ages in a school setting.
I offer a Psychodynamic approach to all sorts of life problems and situations. I have also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to complement my practice.
Although I originally trained as a Psychodynamic Counsellor, I felt it was important to expand on this model and decided to train in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques which I integrate into my practice where a more structured, goal-oriented approach feels appropriate. CBT can be really useful in helping to identify and target destructive thought patterns which have a negative impact on our emotions and behaviours.
Psychodynamic counselling involves much more than talking about difficulties. Working psychodynamically can help with thinking about problems and distress currently experienced and how these may be linked to experiences in our early years.
I believe that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the most important aspect of successful therapeutic work.
Training, qualifications & experience
Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF) Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.
WPF Post-Qualifying Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Skills.
Certificate in Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders ~ National Centre for Eating Disorders.
Certificate Counselling Children (Using the Arts) Institute of Art in Therapy & Education.
I regularly attend Conferences & Workshops as part of my Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
Registered / Accredited
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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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling Children and Young People
Children and young people have a right to be heard, understood and to feel safe
Coming from a background in education, I soon became aware of the number of children who struggled with low self-esteem/confidence, performance anxiety, anger and attachment issues. I trained as a Child Counsellor in order to provide a more structured approach to offering emotional support enabling the child to cope more effectively in school. In recent years I have noticed an increase in the number of adolescents struggling with self-harm, family breakdowns, bullying at school, eating disorders and social media concerns, sadly these young adults often find it difficult to speak to their parents and become depressed and withdrawn. It is crucial that these signs are spotted before they become out of hand. I believe this is where counselling can be beneficial in providing a safe space where the young person can be seen and listened to without having to fear being judged or criticised.
Counselling children is different to adults as they cannot always verbalise how they are feeling. Sometimes children find it difficult to express their worries, which means that problems can be left unresolved and undetected. I find using play therapy in a safe, secure setting enables children to speak about their feelings through the use of a particular art form which helps them process their feelings ultimately leading to change. It is therefore often helpful to seek professional help if it is evident that a child is anxious, withdrawn or unhappy.
It has become increasingly alarming the number of children and teenagers reported in the media recently that are either committing suicide or self-harming following traumatic experiences via social media/cyber-bullying. These children need to feel they can voice their fear/concern either to their parents or a professional and not have to suffer in silence and alone which can often result in catastrophic consequences.
£40.00 per session
My fee is £40 per session (in some circumstances a concession may be available). Sessions are weekly and last for 50 mins. My fee for family sessions is £45 for 50 mins.
For children it may be appropriate to have a slightly shorter session at a reduced fee.
I offer a reduced fee of £30 for an initial 50 minute assessment session which will give you a chance to see if you feel happy and safe to continue working with me - this is essential for a good therapeutic outcome.
I usually work with clients on an open-ended basis, as in my experience this is more beneficial. When it is agreed what would be most helpful to you, we can arrange a regular day and time to meet.
Monday to Friday daytime although some evening sessions may be possible.