I work in the Stroud area as a BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Counselling is safe and effective, so if you are ready to seek change, come and explore the possibilities. I offer a free initial session to discuss what you might want, and a confidential and friendly place for you to explore how you are feeling, and to begin the process of discovering new ways forward. Fully qualified and insured, I offer short or longer term individual counselling and psychotherapy in central Stroud and in nearby Rodborough. I work in compliance with the BACP Ethical Framework.
“The process of actually changing feels good. Effective working on one’s problems is not self-torture ... it is natural to the body and ... it feels like a relief and a coming alive”. (Eugene Gendlin)
It can be hard to imagine the possibility of change when you are feeling overwhelmed or in distress – but being supported in paying gentle and curious attention to your own underlying experience can be powerfully and quickly helpful. First a new sense of spaciousness, then a few small changes, then a whole flurry of new feelings, and actions. You set the pace and the agenda – nothing changes when there is any feeling of demand. As long as it is feeling good as we work, we will be going in the right direction....
I worked for Cruse Bereavement Care for five years, providing grief and bereavement counselling, as well as supervision. I have also worked as a counsellor for the Gloucestershire NHS Let’s Talk Service (IAPT), working with clients struggling with anxiety and depression. Currently, in addition to my private practice, I provide counselling at Listening Post in Stroud, as well as providing sessions for a local G.P. surgery.
The foundation of the way I work is humanistic and person-centred.
The approach is based on a deep trust in our ability to find our own way towards growth and health, if given the right conditions. It respects the wisdom of our symptoms and our bodies, and seeks to enable and support, rather than to suppress or to change what is uniquely there. It puts the client in charge, not the therapist, so my role is to guide and help you as you work, rather than interpreting or telling you what to do.
I also draw on a focusing-oriented and experiential approach where it seems helpful. Focusing is a natural process that supports you in going beyond what you already know and creates a space to attend to feelings you may sense vaguely but cannot yet put into words. A focusing way-of-being promotes easier self-acceptance and a solid trust in your own experiencing as a touchstone for your life decisions. This focusing type of inner attention has helped me profoundly in my own life, and it is reliable in supporting and enabling real and lasting changes for clients, in a short space of time.
These approaches have been shown to be helpful with many of the concerns that people come with, whether its family or relationship issues, dealing with separation and divorce, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, postnatal depression or bereavement. It doesn't always have to be about negatives though - this kind of approach will also help you if you simply want to keep moving towards a different, more joyful way of living....
I welcome your enquiry. Counselling/psychotherapy is an effective but under-used resource at a time when many people in our community are struggling. At present, the NHS in Gloucestershire offers brief, time-limited Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) interventions, but has withdrawn any provision for longer-term or in-depth counselling. I would like to see this type of counselling, which aims to be curative rather than palliative, available much more readily for all who need it.
If you are not yet sure what you need, please phone (now would be good, or it’ll get put off!) and come for a free initial discussion. It is important that you feel confident we can work well together, if we are to get off to a good start.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Working in compliance with the B.A.C.P. Ethical Framework
- Degree in Psychology (BA Hons.)
- FdA in Therapeutic Counselling, University of Gloucestershire
- Certificate in Focusing Skills
- Focusing Practitioner
- Experienced bereavement counsellor and supervisor (Cruse Bereavement Care)
- NHS Let’s Talk Service (IAPT) counsellor (ended Autumn 2015)
- Counsellor for Listening Post, Gloucestershire
- Counsellor for Gloucestershire Counselling Service, Stroud
- Qualified Special Needs Teacher (Cert Ed. Special Needs)
- Qualified and experienced homeopath (LBSH)
Registered / Accredited
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.
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
Types of therapy:
Humanistic and person centred
Focusing and Focusing-Oriented therapy
Individual Focusing sessions
FREE INITIAL HALF HOUR SESSION
Thereafter £40 per session.
Some concessions are available; please ask.
Sessions last for 1 hour, typically on a weekly basis.
The duration of counselling is different for everyone; we can explore what you would like together, and you can review this at any time along the way. You may simply want a session or two to work on something particular; or you may know that you need much longer. A common way of working is to agree to a certain number of sessions, say six, and then review how things are going at that point, and regularly thereafter. For a number of clients, around 12 sessions seem to be enough for substantial changes to have occurred. Some people may want many more, and others may choose to have a break for a while to let things move forward, and come along for another round of sessions later on.