Welcome to my profile. I re-located from Hampshire to Somerset in May 2013 and set up a private practice in my home in Porlock. I am a warm, supportive and experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, providing therapy in a professional and confidential environment. I place great importance on the acceptance of each person's uniqueness and offer a safe, non-judgemental space for you to explore difficult issues.
I work with individual adults and young people aged 16+, either on a short or long-term basis. My experience covers a wide range of issues, including working with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, guilt and trauma. I have specialised in bereavement counselling through my work with Cruse Bereavement Care.
As a gestalt counsellor I value all aspects of human potential, needs, experience and existence: social, cognitive, bodily, spiritual, emotional and environmental. Everything we have experienced has shaped us and our way of being. Gestalt therapy focuses on feelings, thoughts and patterns of behaviour in the present, seeking to raise an individual's awareness of obstacles to growth and address unresolved situations that are causing concern. It is a relational and collaborative process, empowering the person seeking therapy to find their own ways of coping, understanding or adjusting.
Choosing a therapist can be a perplexing decision and one that requires careful consideration. An introductory session provides an opportunity for us to meet and explore what you might need from therapy. We can then decide together whether I am the right person to help you and if you would like to proceed further. Sessions last for 60 minutes and are usually weekly. The number of sessions are dependent on your individual requirements.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) First Class in Counselling
DipHE in Humanistic/Gestalt Counselling
Cruse Bereavement Care Foundation Course
I follow a strict code of ethics through my membership of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). As such, I am committed to continued professional development, attend regular supervision and hold professional indemnity insurance.
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
To ensure I am working safely with clients during the pandemic, I am currently only offering telephone counselling. The fee for a 60 minute session is: £20
[Fees for face-to-face counselling would normally be: Introductory session: £20
Thereafter: £40 per session (60 minutes)]
Concessions offered for
Both daytime and evening appointments are available. My house is easy to find and free parking is available immediately outside.
If you would like to make an appointment or simply to have an exploratory chat, please call me on 07702 668417. Alternatively you can email me at email@example.com
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