I trained to be a counsellor because I wanted to help people who were in emotional pain. Not because I thought I could fix them, or solve their problems, but rather so that I could share part of their journey with them, compassionately, giving them a space in which to explore their problems and truths, discover strengths and ways forward.
Counselling is not always an easy option; it can be difficult, painful and take a person to unexpected places within themselves. It can also be enlightening, transformative and life affirming.
Each person’s journey through emotional difficulty is very different. For some it will mean simply occupying the safe space I offer, a confidential space in which they can safely explore their emotions. Others might need to double back to an earlier part of their journey, where I can help them make sense of what happened before, in order to then move forward again. And, for yet others, the need is for the journey forward to be an end in itself, with a companion to help suggest paths, destinations and the tools they might use to move forward successfully.
Training, qualifications & experience
As well as running a private practice, I am one of the counselling team at The Hummingbird Centre (a local charity for those affected by cancer), I volunteer for the national charity Cruse Bereavement Care, and I offer my services through Anxiety UK. I hold an Advanced diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, belong to two professional bodies and continue to study and expand my expertise - most recently I have taken courses on suicide and self harm, and on counselling on-line.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also offer bereavement support for those grieving the loss of a pet.
Some space on Mondays and Wednesdays 9.00-5.00
Due to the current pandemic restrictions I am primarily offering phone and video (Zoom) sessions. I have an outside space that could be used if the weather is fine, and am happy to discuss 'walk and talk' sessions as virus restrictions allow.