And well done for getting this far. Looking for a counsellor is a brave thing to do!
When I made my own leap of faith many years ago, my experiences as a client were so powerful and transformative that I felt compelled to become a counsellor myself. It was the first trusting, non-judgemental and empathic relationship I’d ever had. To say that it changed my whole life would be an understatement.
I hope that we can resolve whatever difficult and traumatic things you’re going through.
How we'll work together
I am trained as an Integrative Counsellor. This means I’ve trained in both of the two main types of counselling: person-centred and psychodynamic. I believe having two strings to my bow will help you all the more.
I will bring my own experience as a client, a counsellor and a human being into our work together. Sharing your troubled thoughts and darker feelings with a compassionate and trained listener will help unravel what’s making you unhappy. And once we’ve worked out why you came to feel this way, we can work out how to make those feelings lose their power.
You may not have a specific reason for wanting support. You may just wish to take stock of your life - an important undertaking in itself. You may want to reassess your life’s direction, or you may be worried about someone you love. Whatever your reason, I’m glad you found me, and I hope we can work together soon.
Training, qualifications & experience
I received my counselling certificate from Hertfordshire University in 2002 and my post-graduate diploma in counselling in 2004, which included one year of work at a GP practice. I began my private practice that year. Alongside this, from 2003 until 2008, I was working with clients of varying ages in a counselling centre.
I am currently counselling teenagers in secondary schools, which I have been doing for the past ten years. I'm extremely passionate about the work I do in this area; students' stress and anxiety can often manifest itself in complex behaviours, such as eating disorders, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. It's of the utmost importance that at these critical times I can offer a safe space, a person who wants to build a trusting relationship, and a voice to remind them to love themselves.
In this vein, I've also had extensive experience working with young people who are exploring their sexuality and understanding (perhaps for the first time) their gender identity. I believe that I have helped with unconditional positive regard, understanding the issues this can bring to their relationships, both at home and within their school or employment setting.
I am a member of the BACP and follow their ethical guidelines. I have and continue to undertake additional training courses to continually expand and support the work I do.
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
I charge £50 for every fifty-minute session, but I'm happy to have a (free) informal chat with you over the phone or over video call first so that you can make an informed decision.