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I have a private practice in Wells and Shepton Mallet Somerset where I offer counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples.
I am aware that for many, taking the initial step of finding help for themselves can be very daunting. There may be an obvious reason for one person to seek counselling for example, a bereavement or relationship breakdown. For another it may be that life has become a struggle to manage from day to day without any clear explanation. Either way, I am happy to meet for an initial session to talk things through and offer my thoughts and ideas on what might be the best way forward for each individual or couple.
We all develop patterns of thinking and relating to others based on our earliest experiences. We may not question these or even be aware of them yet they can however influence how we feel and react to events throughout our lives.
Counselling can help us to identify and explore the underlying issues and emotional patterns which may have a bearing on our current difficulties.
As a Psychotherapist, I offer a safe and private space where, through the process of counselling underlying patterns can be better understood, creating new pathways to lasting change.
Some of the reasons people come for counselling are;
Stress and anxiety
Grief and loss
jealousy and envy
sexual, physical and emotional abuse
Work related stress
All sessions are confidential within the guidelines of the ethical framework of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I see both individuals and couples for short-term and open-ended counselling.
Sessions last 50 mins and once a time is agreed, will be at the same time each week.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained with Wessex Counselling Service and Somerset Counselling Service, both at the time, affiliate members of Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF), qualifying in 2002 with a diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.
I went on to obtain the advanced diploma in 2014 which qualifies me as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist.
I worked as a senior counsellor for Wessex Counselling Service for 7 years before setting up in private practice in 2009.
From 2003 until 2011 I worked part-time as a family counsellor at Clouds House, a private residential clinic in Wiltshire.
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist (UKRCP).
I attend regular professional development courses and have supervision adhering to the BACP ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy.
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 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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£55.00 per session
£55 individuals a session
£70 couples a session
When I work