What can you expect from Counselling with Me?
Many aspects of our lives can cause difficulty or distress. Life events, traumatic experiences, illness, loss and bereavement can result in symptoms of anxiety, stress, depression, mood swings or create relationship difficulties. These can prevent you from living life to the full.
It may be you are experiencing dissatisfaction with life or have lost your sense of direction and purpose. This may be a recent event that has left you feeling overwhelmed or it may be that you have struggled with issues that began many years ago and you are now ready to talk about them.
Counselling & Psychotherapy can provide you with a safe, confidential space to take some time-out to explore your thoughts and feelings.
I can help you to explore your past, gain knowledge and understanding of the present and as a result, have more choice and control of your future. By making sense of difficult thoughts, feelings and behaviour you can make positive changes to resolve them. As you are reading this you have taken the first step towards bringing about positive change.
I am a fully qualified and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy with experience in multiple areas of the Counselling and Psychotherapy field.
I have a Private Practice in my clinic in central Basingstoke and have experience of most issues that you may see your GP for. A non-exhaustive list includes: Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Difficulties, Living with Chronic Illness, Divorce and Work Related Stress. Please see my website for more information on this.
I also work with a charity for young women with cancer and with the Police Firearms Officers Association.
My past experience includes bereavement counselling at St Michael's Hospice, general counselling and addiction therapy at a Basingstoke agency, working with survivors of rape and sexual abuse and working with young adults facing emotional difficulties.
I am committed to providing a safe, confidential and non judgemental environment working in accordance with the BACP's Ethical Framework for Good Practice for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I work with individuals on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.
When & Where can you see Me?
I offer flexible appointments in central Basingstoke.
What to expect in your first session
Firstly, a warm welcome. Together, we will look at your requirements and discuss the most beneficial way forward, that feels right for you. It is also the opportunity to see how we could work together. It is really important that you feel comfortable working with me and if you feel we don’t ‘click’ then I will be happy to provide you with referrals to other therapists. I will do the same if I feel your needs are outside of my area of specialism.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Psychotherapy (Bath Spa University) - Current.
FdSc in Integrative Counselling (Greenwich University),
BACP Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Certificate in working with survivors of sexual trauma
Current Certificate in Safeguarding
CRB Checked (Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Certificate)
British Psychological Society A&B
How I work
I am trained in an integrative approach which provides flexibility to offer you a suite of approaches tailored specifically for you. Each provides its own valuable perspective and is enhanced when carefully integrated with another. This includes Psychodynamic work (Psychotherapy), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person Centred Therapy, Mindfulness and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. The approach I take will be what is appropriate for you and only with your full consent.
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
My current rate is £50 per session for Individuals and £70 per session for Couples.
What problems are suitable to bring to therapy?
Any problem that persistently causes you anxiety and stress is appropriate. Essentially anything that is troubling you is appropriate for therapy. You can find more information on some of the issues I work with on my website.
How is therapy different from talking to a friend?
The support of family and friends during difficult times can be invaluable. However, If talking to friends or self help strategies has failed to help you make a change for the better and you are frustrated with the way things seem to be turning out, therapy may be able to help you. Maybe your problems are too big or complex to handle alone or perhaps others have suggested that you need to get help.
Therapy differs from talking to friends as besides confidentiality, the lives of those close to us are inevitably intertwined with our own and with that comes the potential for advice giving, judgement or perhaps a fear of burdening them. Therapy offers a safe space where you can work through difficulties in a neutral, non-judgemental environment to concentrate purely on your emotional wellbeing.