I am a qualified and registered counsellor/psychotherapist and integrative arts psychotherapist experienced in working with short, medium and long term clients with a wide range of presenting issues, such as depression, anxiety, grief, loss, trauma, emotional, physical and sexual abuse, bi-polar disorder, addictions, eating disorders, family and relationship problems. In addition to my private practice I work across the public, private and voluntary sectors and in research, within the field of mental health.
As a psychotherapist and counsellor, my hope is that by working together you will be able to begin to explore issues that are causing you concern and making life harder than it might be for you. In my private practice I offer a safe and confidential space where I will listen, non-judgmentally, and help you to begin to understand your feelings and thoughts. I work with adults, adolescents and children offering psychotherapy or counselling, depending on the individual needs of the client. I am trained in an integrative approach which supports me in providing a service to meet the individual needs of the client. We are all different and as such don’t all respond in the same way; therefore, I believe it is important to fit the way of working to the client rather than the client to the way of working.
It can be difficult to know where to start and begin to talk about your experiences and what feelings may be brought up by the challenges you face. If you chose to we are able to work with the arts. Integrative arts therapy helps provide emotional support when children, adolescents and adults are faced with experiences in life that they are finding difficult to cope with. Using the arts can help you to communicate your feelings and express your thoughts, which you may find difficult to talk about (this does not require any artistic skill or previous experience of working with the arts).
Whether or not you have had therapy before, meeting a new therapist can feel daunting and it is important that the therapist you choose is right for you. In the first meeting we can discuss your focus for therapy and you can ask questions and decide whether you will feel comfortable working with me. With this in mind, my first consultation is free as I believe it is important for you to see if we are able to work together before committing to regular sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am qualified to Masters Level with specialist qualifications in adults, adolescents and children. I also have additional training in bereavement, loss, trauma, art therapy and creative play therapy.
I am a registered member of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), the UK Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).
I have an enhanced DBS check and level 3 safeguarding.
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.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
I offer one to one therapy sessions on a short, medium and long term basis depending on the needs of the client. Sessions are 50 minutes long at a cost of £50. This can be paid weekly in cash or by BACS transfer. I offer daytime and evening appointments. A small number of concessionary rates are available, which are agreed on an individual basis.
Essex Technology and Innovation Centre, The Gables, Fyfield Road, Ongar, CM5 0GA is based in Ongar and is in easy reach of Brentwood, Chelmsford, Epping and Harlow and offers free parking and disabled access.
Make an appointment by phone, or email. If I am not available, please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.