*If you seek counselling about COVID 19 anxieties or struggles please do call or email and I will respond as soon as possible.
I counsel because:
- there are always valid reasons for the anxiety, fear, hurt and loss a person feels. These can be met, understood and healed. With support, we can make sense of our difficulties, emerge and grow; authenticity, peace and happiness await. Counselling can really help us to get there.
- when a counsellor and client collaborate to tackle the difficulties that a client brings, the process can be transformative.
- whatever causes any one of us harm and damage (e.g. anxiety, depression, fear, addiction, isolation, anger, trauma, bereavement, worthlessness, stuckness, domination, etc.), we do have the expertise and capacity within us to unlock, repair and heal and to become who we want to be.
- left un-regarded our internal wounds continue to hurt and eat away at our true, healthy 'selves', our relationships and our aspirations. With the right support we can harvest our difficulties in ways we did not think possible.
- each of us has the power and potential to reclaim our true selves, develop and positively affect ourselves and others in our lives.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified with a Degree in Integrative Counselling from the University of Leicester.
I work from two locations: Rutland Therapy Centre in Oakham and Crawthorne Rd in central Peterborough. These provide good access to much of Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. Even before Covid 19, I have always worked as a telephone counsellor so if that suits you better or you wish to explore it, we can use that approach
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and an Associate of Cambridgeshire Consultancy in Counselling (CCC).
As an Integrative Counsellor I draw on more than one approach. My professional roots are in 'Psychodynamic Counselling' and 'Person-centred' approaches also feature strongly. I access other counselling techniques as the work requires.
I bring considerable other professional expertise and experience to the role as Counselling was not my first career. I am a Master of Public Policy and Bachelor of Social Science. I bring considerable experience of complex organisational cultures and development (E.g. empowerment evaluation, team mediation work, etc). I am passionate about the natural world of which each of us is a part and we access this in our work together.
I am a mother.
Clients may expect:
- professional counselling skills & expertise
- positive regard
- genuine interest in their difficulty/difficulties and hopes for the future
- openness and commitment to exploring the root causes of one or more difficulty
- empathy, kindness, warmth, honesty and integrity
- clear arrangements about terms of collaboration, assessment, review, evaluation and fees
- compliance to an Ethical Framework provided by the BACP, where I am a registered member. http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/new_ef.php
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
Concern about climate change and environmental related issues, anxieties about pets.
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Face to face or phone on weekdays. Daytime & evening sessions at the Rutland Therapy Centre, Oakham or in Crawthorne Rd, Peterborough, PE1 (central Peterborough).
People may feel hesitant about counselling. Maybe:
- they did not find it helpful before?
- they see it as an unaffordable luxury, not an essential necessity?
- they find it extremely hard to tune in to how they feel and/or share how they feel with another person?
- they consider counselling to be a last resort when all else fails - what if it doesn't work?
- they think it is all too much, that it will take too long and/or that it is too late?
A counsellor will recognise such commonly felt difficulties and barriers and assist clients to explore such concerns. They may be surprised at how well problems are recognised and understood. It is never too late to work on any difficulty or to work towards healing wounds that remain from a long time ago and hurt us still.