I am a qualified counsellor based in Westbury and I work with individuals aged 16 and upwards. My practice is within easy reach of Trowbridge, Melksham, Bradford-on-Avon, Frome and Warminster.
What I Offer:
I can provide you with a safe and confidential space to talk through the things that trouble you. You may never have spoken to anyone before about how you feel. For a variety of reasons, you might feel it is not possible to talk through your difficulties with those closest to you. Just having me there to listen to you, to appreciate and understand what your world is like, and to not make any demands or judgements of you can have great value and benefit for you.
I will not make you divulge things you are not ready to explore. My overall aim is to help you experience a more satisfying life in whatever ways you decide.
Together we can explore your feelings about your current circumstances, but also look at some of your past life experiences. This will enable you to make some sense of how past events might influence how you view the present. Having this understanding will give you insight to make changes and help you develop different values and beliefs for the future.
The therapeutic relationship we build between us is a unique one where I am able to remain objective, be open to you and whatever difficulties you bring, and accept you for who you are. This may be something you have not experienced before.
One of the specialist techniques I offer is Sandtray therapy for adults. This can be very effective where clients have difficulties in verbally expressing their emotions. Sand is an ideal medium to help access unconscious feelings within the psyche.
How I Work:
I can offer you a face-to-face, telephone or online appointment - sessions being for 50 minutes and we will meet usually once a week.
I offer an initial session which has no charge where you can ask any questions and have the opportunity to experience how we might work together. There is no upfront commitment to attend beyond the initial session and we review together on an ongoing basis how many sessions might be necessary.
My premises have ample free parking.
Prior to working as a counsellor, I worked with a variety of people who had experienced emotional difficulties. I was drawn to counselling as a career because it helped me through a difficult time in my own life. In addition to my private practice work, I currently provide counselling at HELP Counselling in Trowbridge and have previously provided counselling at a local Women’s Refuge.
In all of my past and present roles, I have seen people gaining a better sense of themselves and their circumstances. Most just needed someone to acknowledge them, to notice them, to give them some time, to listen to their concerns, and to just be with them in what were sometimes their darkest moments. I found it incredibly rewarding being a part of their journey. I truly believe people can make changes and live more positive lives – I know this because I’ve seen it.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Humanistic & Integrative Counselling.
Certificate in Mental Health Awareness.
Certificate(s) in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies.
Safeguarding children training.
Extensive experience in Groupwork.
Volunteer Counsellor for HELP Counselling - Trowbridge.
Volunteer Counsellor local Women's Refuge.
Registered member of BACP.
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
Those dealing with pet bereavement.
Initial free consultation session.
Individual counselling - £38 for a daytime appointment. £40 for an evening appointment. £55 for couples counselling. I do also have a limited number of places available where the cost is £35 per session.