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About me

I am a fully qualified and registered counsellor and will give you a confidential safe space to talk and be heard. I am professional, non-judgmental and empathetic. I work with adults and couples with a range of issues including but not limited to, depression and anxiety, suicidal thoughts, relationships and their issues, sex and sexuality, greater life balance, work related stress and more. Counselling is a talking therapy which gives you a space to explore your thoughts and feelings without judgement. I aim to help you feel more in control and empower you to make the changes YOU want to your life!

I will work to the best of my ability to help you get a better understanding of your thoughts and feelings, to help you deal with your emotional issues and to support you. If you are feeling stuck or struggling to make sense of things we will work collaboratively towards your goal. I know that it's often a challenge to make the decision to seek therapy, yet the benefits can be enormous.

If we think about relationship counselling, do we think of a couple having difficulties in their relationship? Although it can be, it may not always be the case. Parent and child, siblings, career and disabled family member or friend, colleagues and friendships. These are all relationships in our lives that impact our lives.

I work with any type of relationship in a non-judgmental, unbiased and open manner. This includes any age, gender, sexual orientation and relationship type. Difficulties may be general or associated with a particular incident or behavior. Whatever the issue I will help you explore it, I am happy to work with you individually or as a couple. Communication, family issues, affairs, intimacy, jealousy and commitment, illness/ disability and feeling the relationship is beginning to stagnate.

Get in touch via email or call to arrange a free 15 minute no obligation phone call, we can talk through what your looking for. If you want to move forward we can arrange a mutually convenient session time together.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified experienced Counsellor and Registered member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and Accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS).

I began working on placement with Cardiff Mind as a person-centered counsellor working with adults who presented with various issues, sometimes alongside mental health conditions. Since qualifying, I have continued to volunteer with them as a counsellor alongside my private practice, The Next Page Counselling, as I believe counselling should be accessible to all.

I continue to work in a person-centered way, which means the client leads the sessions however, through continued training would say I am now an integrative counsellor. As an integrative counsellor, I work with various models of therapy and use the best theory to match the needs of my client as every person is an individual. I want you to feel comfortable with me and build a good therapeutic relationship, this allows you to be able to feel comfortable to reveal your personal thoughts and feelings knowing that it is confidential and safe for you to do.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Let’s talk about sex… sex is still a conversation that people can feel uncomfortable talking about, however talking about it is the start to alleviate the problem. Sex is loaded with emotion and understanding your sexual thoughts, feeling and desires can help get some reasoning. Talking it through in an open manor with a counsellor can help you see how they are affecting your life and relationships. Sex therapists take the tools of therapy, addressing your concerns, thoughts, and feelings, and why it is inhibiting your sexuality and giving you tools to complete the goal of resolving the issue by listening to your concerns within the realm of sex, such as:

Concerns over intimacy, concerns about sexual desire or arousal, sexual anxieties, sexual interests, sexual orientation, Impulsive or compulsive sexual behavior and pornography

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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Fees

From £40.00 to £65.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

I offer sessions face to face, online (using zoom), telephone or outdoors which can be walking or seated.

  • I offer an initial 15-minute telephone session for free
  • A contracting session at £20 per hour
  • After that sessions are £45 per hour Face to Face
  • Individual sessions £40 online 
  • Couples sessions are £65 Face to Face
  • Couples sessions are £60 per hour online

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I offer various times throughout the week between 10am and 8pm, please get in touch for current availability.

Further information

The first appointment whether you are coming for Individual or couples counselling, will last an hour. We will discuss your goals and what you want to achieve from the process, you will have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about counselling.

We will work together to find a mutually convenient time to set up your first appointment, and normally this will be within a week. This can be arranged via phone, email or text. I will then send you an agreement form with further information including payment information.

Your first appointment will be relaxed and a chance for you to discuss your situation with me to find out if counselling can give you the help you need. During this meeting, the process and expectations of counselling and the relationship between us will be outlined and agreed. This is your time for you to talk about what is going on for you.

Cardiff
Caerdydd
CF11

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

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