I am unable to accept any new clients for the time being. (May 2021)
It’s often difficult to take that first step towards asking for help. I would be happy to talk to you about anything you read here, and answer any questions you may have. Please do feel free to call or email me.
You may have been struggling with difficult feelings or symptoms for a while, or life events may have recently left you feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope. Whatever is troubling you, it can help to explore your issues with someone who is trained to work alongside you and who won’t judge you.
Looking for a therapist means you have taken a courageous first step. Life can be hard at times. Seeking help indicates a strength and a determination to thrive, be happy and value your well-being.
I offer a welcoming, confidential, non-judgmental space in which we can explore what is troubling you. I offer a flexible out of hours service and off road parking.
About my work
I am a BACP Registered Counsellor providing professional and friendly counselling in Bourne, Lincolnshire. I offer a completely confidential, professional service that you can trust. I have an empathic, friendly approach which will let us explore your feelings and difficulties together. I believe there are times when we may hit difficulties in navigating life’s journey and that there are hidden or lost parts of ourselves which have a lot to teach us about becoming whole. Counselling is a journey to discover and accept these parts.
I will not judge you or try to influence you in any way in our work together, but I will provide a safe, confidential space for you to explore your personal situation and work through issues which may be affecting your life, relationships or behaviour. I offer both long and short term therapy and will work with you at your own pace.
I’m convinced of the benefits talking therapies can provide to people struggling with difficult life events, relationships and traumatic experiences. I provide a safe and supportive environment where you can feel relaxed and at ease to explore the difficulties you are currently facing.
What to expect from the first session
The quality of our relationship is very important to the success of therapy, so at our first session we can discuss your situation and what you hope to get out of therapy; then we can both see if we feel we can work together. If it doesn’t feel right for you, that’s fine and there is no obligation to commit to any more sessions.
Talking confidentially to someone who is not part of your family circle or friendship group can offer fresh perspective and reflection on your situation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am guided by their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Level 4)
Cruse Certificate in Bereavement Care (Ascentis Level 2)
7 years’ experience counselling in a Lincolnshire doctors’ practice
I have a BA Hons degree awarded by the University of Leeds and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. I have worked in various roles in schools in Reading, Leicester and Peterborough.
I work with sixth form clients in a school in Peterborough. From 2013 until 2020 I was a volunteer counsellor in a local Doctors’ Practice.
Continuing professional development courses that I have attended most recently are listed below (most recent first):
- PTSD Counselling
- Sexualised trauma: neuroscience, threat response and safeguarding
- Working with anxiety, defences and shame
- A reflective guide to gender identity counselling
- Working with shame
- Working with dissociative disorders
- Working therapeutically with OCD and hoarding
- Children, young people and families Conference 2019 (BACP)
- Understanding and working with individuals with autism
- The web of shame
- Disordered eating and attachment
- Insecure attachment and unexplained illness
- Finding the real self
- Filling the void: Psychotherapeutic Skills for working with Obesity
- Debunking Gender
I have a fully enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and full 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.