Hello. I am a counsellor, supervisor and trainer with over 20 years experience, and am a fully accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I work with both adults and young people. I also work with couples.
I work in the person-centred approach and also have an interest in systemic, narrative and attachment based approaches. I work to provide a safe relationship where you can be heard and understood and where we can reflect together on what has brought you to this point. We can also reflect on your way forward as you gain deeper understanding.
With couples I aim to listen to and understand both partners, and help you to understand each other. I will work with you to identify patterns which get in the way of communication and cause distress between you. Most of all I will work to provide acceptance and safety so that sharing with each other feels more possible.
I am experienced in working with people who have experienced many different issues, including bereavement, anxiety, depression, abuse, anger, lack of direction, loneliness and low self-esteem. Whilst being knowledgeable in these areas I always aim to work with a person's unique experience rather than with a particular label or issue.
As I am also a writer I have an interest in therapeutic work with people who are working in any form of the creative arts. Therapeutic work can help to find new directions creatively or to work through blocks to creativity.
I work to provide a safe place so that you can express and work through the feelings, memories or ways of being that may be holding you back. I will work with you to understand as deeply as I can, and to create a real acceptance in our relationship. This tends to help people begin to live with more freedom and self-understanding.
I won't push you in particular directions or give advice, but will use my skill to accompany you as you find your own way. I may also offer ideas from other theories or approaches if this seems helpful. I aim to work with trust, compassion and as a companion to my clients.
Where do I work?
I have a small peaceful counselling room in my garden which is a warm and private place to talk and be. For the foreseeable future however sessions will be held either online or by telephone.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Counselling with distinction from Nottingham University, gained in 1999. I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of East Anglia gained in 2001.
I also have a Certificate in Group Facilitation from Person Centred Connections gained in 2003, and a Certificate in Person-Centred Supervision from the Metanoia Institute gained in 2011.
I have a University Advanced Diploma in Systemic Thinking and Practice (family therapy) gained in 2013 from the University of Derby.
I also have an MA in Creative Writing with distinction from Nottingham Trent University, gained in 2020.
I also undertake ongoing professional development which has included: supporting families through bereavement; trauma and neuroscience; trauma and the body; certificate in sexual violence; many family therapy workshops; a four day externship in emotionally focussed therapy with couples: mindfulness training.
I have over 20 years experience of working with a wide range of people in different settings. I have many years experience of working with children and young people in schools and training schemes, and of working with adults in the education system and in private practice. I have also worked at a Rape Crisis Centre for two years. I currently work in a hospice which continues long-term experience of working with bereavement.
I have also worked as a counselling trainer for 5 years, training students from introductory courses up to Diploma level. I have worked as a supervisor since 2011.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Loss, loneliness, lack of direction
I charge £45 per hour for counselling. I charge £60 per hour for couple counselling.
I have some evening appointments and Thursday mornings.