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Trying to find a Counsellor you feel comfortable working with, can seem like a daunting task, with so many to choose from, and read about, all offering a variety of approaches and theoretical practices. I would suggest when making your choice you keep an open mind, and pick the ones you feel instinctively drawn to
If you are reading this, then chances are you are feeling troubled by problems or unresolved issues, or a combination of both, and wanting to change the way you are feeling about yourself. Whether this be a feeling of low in mood and demotivation, anxious and nervous about what you think might happen, or even panic stricken sometimes; Counselling is a process that people seek when they feel a strong desire to change the way they are feeling; usually associated with feeling that life seems valuable enough to begin the process of moving forward towards a better way of being, and when they are fed up of the impact this is having on their life and relationships. It is a place to talk openly and honestly about your feelings to someone you know will listen, believe and understand you, without making any judgements.
Working alongside a Counsellor who is not emotionally involved in your life, whom you feel you can trust, knowing they will work in your best interests, in a confidential manner, provides the necessary conditions for cultivating a change. I started my private practice in 2008, and I’ve been working as a Counsellor ever since, accruing in excess of 8000 clinical hours, sometimes combining my private work with employment in other counselling services. My role is to work with individuals, to encourage and foster a deeper understanding of whatever is bothering them. The insight and awareness gained through tailored interventions, can help put problems into perspective, allow meaning to be gained, sometimes allowing links to be made with past events, it can uncover hidden strengths and resources as well. All these factors encourage personal growth and change.
I am a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor, which means I am trained in many different theories - Psychodynamic, Person- Centred, Gestalt, TA, Existential and CBT. In addition I have a background in Psychology, a Masters in Neuro- Linguistic Programming, Clinical Hypnotherapy and a Diploma in Life Coaching. As each person is unique, I am able to tailor my interventions to offer each person the best therapy to bring about the change they desire.
I am Accredited with the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and registered with the UKCP as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I have professional liability insurance and an enhanced CRB check, and I work within the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
I work short term with individuals 18 years and over looking at specific issues for 6-10 sessions, or longer term looking at deeper underlying issues.
If what I have written feels meaningful to you, and you would like to make an initial appointment to see me, then please let me know.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy 2005-2008
Accredited BACP Counsellor and Psychotherapist 2013
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 2009
Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming 2008
Master NLP Practitioner 20014
Clinical Hypnotherapy 2014
Bachelor of Science Psychology degree ( BSc) Swansea University 1978-1981
Post Graduate Certificate in Education ( PGCE ) 1981-1982
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.
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
After many years of working with people, especially young people, who have presented with a diverse range of problems, concerns and issues, I feel drawn to focus on helping young professionals suffering from stress, depression/ anxiety.
In addition I have experience of working with people whose lives are affected by a diagnosis of cancer, whether it be palliative, remisssive or curative, and also those involved with the patient.
I also strive to help those affected by abuse, whether historic or current, and manage the impact it is having on their life, helping them to move forward in a healthy way without holding onto any legacies.
£60.00 - £75.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
My sessional fees are £60- £70
I am a registered provider with Aviva Health Insurance - please ask for details.
Concession rates available for trainee Counsellors.
When I work
Monday 3-7pm Thursday 9-7pm Friday 9-5pm.
Something about me:
My counselling background is varied and I have worked with individuals, couples and groups across the age range.
I spent many years working as an In-House Counsellor at Cancer support centres for patients and their family's who are struggling with a diagnosis of cancer in their lives. I counselled patients who were curative, remissive and those who were receiving palliative care, as well as supporting their significant others. I also offered bereavement Counselling.
I was involved in developing a Programme designed as another layer of support for those who accessed the service, which was based around developing and maintaining resilience.
In addition, I worked for many years in childrens services, where I helped children and young people overcome the effects of a wide range of issues, some of them complex like child abuse and domestic violence.
I have worked with young people in a Youth Advisory Service and in a Higher Education establishment, where I Counselled students suffering with issues that were affecting their ability to apply themselves to their studies.
I have been running my private practice since 2008, and many people have accessed me through recommendation and personal referrals.
I am a registered Affiliate with Employee Assisted Counselling Providers and Aviva Health Insurance.
I would describe my unique essence as a Counsellor, derived from my breadth of training and experience across the age range, as; focussing on Personal Awakening and Empowerment.
My family and friends would describe me as a warm, caring person, always willing to offer help and support to others, and I get much fulfillment from my profession and consider it a privilege and honour to be a small part of clients lives. I always aim to offer my very best to all my clients, and I frequently attend courses to aquire new skills and keep myself updated with recent developments..
In addition to my Accredited Diploma, I am also trained to deliver Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, I hold a Diploma in Life Coaching and I am a NLP Master Practiioner.