I counsel because:
- when two people (professional and client) collaborate to excavate difficulties that a client brings, the process can be transformative
- whatever brings a client to counselling (e.g. anxiety, despair, addiction, bereavement, traumas, worthlessness, stuckness, etc.), facing fear and pain within the counselling process can unlock, repair and heal
- the understanding and acceptance of ones ‘self’ that counselling enables, generates sustainable growth that is life enhancing and lasting
- a Dentist treats a sore tooth or gums; a Physiotherapist treats an aching back or hand; a Counsellor is there to help treat internal wounds that hurt our feelings and thoughts and prevent our feeling good
- we may not feel able to change 'the world' but we have the power and potential to change 'our world' and in that way affect ourselves and others in our lives.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a Counsellor at the University of Leicester.
I am based in Rutland and Peterborough, close to much of Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and an Associate of Cambridgeshire Consultancy in Counselling (CCC).
I am an Integrative Counsellor so 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.
Clients may expect:
- professional counselling skills & expertise
- positive regard for each client
- genuine interest in each client, 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 and 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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Physical abuse
Session fees vary between £35-40 per session (depending on room costs).
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 you 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- ever- ever too late to work on any difficulty.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays with possibility of early morning and evening sessions.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|