Hello and welcome... If you are looking for help I am currently offering telephone or video call counselling during the Covid 19 social distancing measures. Whether you are seeking a counsellor for the first time, or returning to therapy, I understand that even finding the right therapist can be daunting, and you may well just need someone to hear and understand you, right now. It's going to be so important to feel comfortable and safe with the person you are sharing your feelings and experiences with, so our first session is your opportunity to meet me and ask any questions before you decide whether I am right for you. In the meantime, a little about how I work;
I am an integrative counsellor, which means that I'm able to blend several approaches to counselling, depending on your individual circumstances and experiences, and on what we both feel is most useful for you. I take a holistic approach meaning that I take into account physical, emotional, cognitive and social aspects of well being. I work mainly with humanistic approaches but draw on elements of cognitive behavioural, solution focused and Adlerian therapy. While I prefer to work in the here and now, it is sometimes necessary to explore your past so as to understand patterns of behaviours and the way you feel about yourself today.
Most people have counselling because they want change in their life, and my role is to help you in this process. I will listen and attempt to understand your experience, without blame or judgement. I am also ready to both challenge and support you at those times when courage is needed to move forward. I firmly believe in helping you to discover your true self, in finding your own unique resources and in enabling you to develop strategies for coping now and in the future. I won’t claim to have all the answers, or to be an expert on your life, but I'll endeavour to work with you in a way we both agree is likely to help you most.
Why do people have counselling?
You may have decided to consider counselling for a variety of reasons, such as feeling depressed, bereavement, loss, guilt, trauma, low esteem, relationship difficulties, stress, addiction, financial worries, abuse, or simply needing redirection in your life. You may feel overwhelmed, angry, lost, alone or helpless, or just not know how to begin to feel better. Anyone can experience the difficult events or phases life throws at us, yet sometimes it feels they can become too much to deal with alone. At times it can be hard to share our thoughts and feelings with those we are close to, or perhaps there simply is no one there to share.
Does counselling really help?
Yes! The great news is that over half a century of research shows that counselling/psychotherapy can help to reduce psychological distress and increase mental well-being. Studies show that 80% of people participating in counselling/psychotherapy improve more over time than those not receiving therapy.
How can Counselling help?
You may by now have noticed that counsellors seem to work in many different ways with different people. It’s true that the way counselling helps is different for every person, because we are all unique. The main aim though, is to help reduce suffering and distress and promote healthy change, and this happens through some common themes: Counselling provides a safe and confidential environment in which you can; feel heard and understood, explore and understand your feelings and patterns of behaviour, consider different perspectives on your situation, understand how others perceive you, learn new strategies, gain clarity, gain a stronger sense of identity or direction, discover how to cope effectively on your own, learn to communicate more effectively, the list goes on!
Training, qualifications & experience
Since qualifying in 2009 I have provided counselling within private practice and as part of an NHS service, and also worked as a voluntary bereavement counsellor. I have worked with people with a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, OCD, relationship difficulties, anger, abuse, identity, confidence, bereavement, and personal growth. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by its ethical framework. My career experience is diverse, from fitting double gazing to pharmaceuticals! I also have over 10 years experience in the social care sector, including working with young people, adults with visual impairments, and adults with learning disabilities.
BA (Hons) Integrative Counselling
Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Diploma in Health and Social Welfare (Open)
Additional training in phobias, bereavement, working with learning disabilities.
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
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
My fees are £45 per session. Session last 50-60 minutes
I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation.
Monday /Tuesday Day time and Evening appoints
Wednesday/ Thursday appointments from 3-7pm