THE APPROACHABLE THERAPIST. With over 29 years experience, I can help you with a wide range of issues including stress, anxiety, relationship difficulties, anger management, trauma, work problems, family issues, bereavement, low self-esteem and many more. I offer a free 20 minute consultation with no obligation to commit to further counselling sessions. This provides you with an opportunity to visit me in my safe counselling environment and find out if we could work together on your problems.
My aim is to provide a supportive counselling service to match your needs and help you live your life more resourcefully with greater satisfaction, peace and happiness. I welcome individuals seeking help or support and tailor make sessions to address your unique issues. I offer as few or many sessions as you require to work through concerns, explore worries and anxieties and gain insight. Counselling can help you to clarify thoughts and feelings and enable decisions to be made or help you come to terms with challenging life events.
As an Integrative Counsellor my approach integrates interventions from a range of models including Humanistic, CBT and Psychodynamic with the intention of providing the best therapeutic way to help you. I hope this conveys that we can all benefit from counselling at unhappy or difficult times in our lives which often coincide with change or loss. With an emphasis on the building of a strong working therapeutic relationship, I aim to quickly help you feel at ease in order to empower you to regain control of situations.
My relocation, in Spring 2015, from Winchester, Hampshire, to a lovely rural village near Gt. Dunmow, Essex, has provided me with a new designated counselling room with flat access, adjacent toilet facilities and plenty of parking. I'm easily reached from the B1256 Road.
As a qualified Supervisor I welcome Trainees and Experienced Practitioners looking for support.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist status awarded August 2010.
Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision (University of Southampton) awarded July 2007.
Primary Certificate in Advanced Cognitive-Behavioural Skills (Level 3) – 2007. Centre for Stress Management (Prof. Stephen Palmer PhD Course Director)
Level 4 Certificate In Further Education Teaching – Stage 1 (City and Guilds 7407) awarded August 2005.
BACP Counsellor Accreditation awarded August 2004.
BA (Hons) Counselling - 2001-2003. (First Class Honours Degree awarded at Southampton University July 2004)
Primary Certificate in Occupational Stress Counselling - 2000. Centre for Stress Management (Prof. Stephen Palmer PhD Course Director)
Three year (part – time) training in Counselling Course (Psychodynamic) – 1994-97. Southampton Pastoral Counselling Service
RSA Counselling Skills in the Development of Learning – 1992
GCSE – Psychology – Child Development (Grade A) – 1990
My continued professional development is ongoing and I have attended numerous short training courses over 27 years.
My specialisms and experience include: -
Workplace counselling which I have developed over 23 years in a variety of settings including a large internal counselling service and various Employee Assistance Programmes as an Affiliate Counsellor.
Time-limited focused therapy.
Critical Incident support/debriefs and management.
Provision of a Counselling Service in Primary Care (NHS) for seven years.
I have been in private practise for 16 years offering both short and long term counselling and psychotherapy.
I have worked in a supportive capacity with children including special needs in a variety of settings for 15 years.
Part-time Lecturer on Counselling Courses as well as course manager at a college in Hampshire for 10 years up until December 2014.
Member of Hampshire Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy for many years until my relocation in Spring 2015.
Consultative Supervisor for students at the University of Southampton as well as Supervision for groups and individuals.
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
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Critical Incident Support/Debrief and Management.
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
My fees are: -
INDIVIDUALS - £60 for a 50 minute session including initial and ongoing sessions.
COUPLES - £70 for a 60 minute session including initial and ongoing sessions. £95 for 90 minutes.
For those wishing to meet me and view my counselling room with no obligation to commit to further sessions I offer a free 20 minute consultation.
SUPERVISION fees are £55 per hour and £75 for a 90 minute session.
Appointments offered at various times during the week to suit including some evenings.
As a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist I am bound by the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and am subject to its Professional Conduct Procedure.
I have Professional Indemnity Insurance in place.
My counselling room has flat access with parking in my private drive and is suitable for those with mobility difficulties.