How I work
Welcome to my profile.
I am an experienced, qualified and accredited counsellor. I offer counselling in a warm, friendly and non-judgemental environment using integrated Person-Centred and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) giving you time and space to explore areas of your life that are causing concern. I also integrate Mindfulness philosophy and exercises into my work with clients when this is appropriate and helpful. I believe in respecting your values, choices and lifestyle. My philosophy is that if you can have emotional and psychological well being you can achieve your potential in many areas of your life.
I work with clients either short or long-term. Depending on the needs of the client, we may take a more practical, solution focused approach or alternatively explore feelings and thoughts more deeply over a longer period of time. Whatever the issues, I feel privileged to be alongside another person during their journey of exploration and positive change.
I am described as a warm, calm, caring, approachable person with a good sense of humour.
I have experience counselling both in private practice and the voluntary and charity sectors as well as 10 years experience counselling in a further and higher education setting. By sharing your problems, I can help you to gain a better understanding of your feelings and behaviours as well as working together to find solutions.
What can you expect from your first session?
Your first session is an opportunity for you to meet me and a get feel for whether I am the right counsellor for you as therapy is more likely to be effective when you can trust and feel comfortable with your counsellor. It is not unusual for clients to feel anxious before their first session particularly if it is your first experience of therapy and feel unsure of what to expect. During your first session I will be gathering information about you, the issues that brought you to counselling and for us to look at what you would like to achieve and gain through counselling.
How many sessions will you need?
The number of sessions needed will vary from person to person depending on their needs. After a preliminary assessment at the first appointment a number of sessions will be agreed together, and this will be reviewed regularly. Often people have 5 or 6 sessions and some people have longer term therapy for months. You will never be asked to commit to sessions that you don’t wish to have. Sessions are usually on a weekly basis particularly at the beginning.
My Membership and Accreditation Status with BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) ensures that in addition to working ethically I am committed to continuous professional development.
My Counselling Practice is at the Cottage Therapy Centre in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, making it convenient and accessible for clients coming from Coventry, Leamington, Warwick, Kenilworth and the surrounding areas.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a counsellor in 2002, and became accredited a few years later. My counselling experience includes working with adults and teenagers on a wide range of issues including anxiety, personal and work related stress, self-esteem, depression, self harm, relationships, loss, bereavement and abuse.
In addition to my formal qualifications I continue my professional development by regularly attending workshops and short training courses.
- Diploma in Person Centred Counselling 2000 – 2002
- Certificate in Person Centred Counselling 1999 – 2000
Post Qualifying Training
- Mindfulness CBT 2014
- ICAP Post Graduate Training in CBT 2010
- CBT Core Clinical Competencies 2009
- Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 2009
- Transactional Analysis 101 2008
- Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People 2004
- Working with Grieving Children 2003
- Safeline Training working with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse 2002
- Introduction to Counselling in Complicated Bereavement 2001
As an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists I adhere to their ethical framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, treating all information disclosed to me as strictly confidential.
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.
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
My fee is £50 per session, payable on the day with cash or cheque or in advance by bank transfer.
Appointments available daytime Monday to Wednesday and some early evenings.
Free parking is available close by in Abbey Fields Car Park.
Access is available for wheelchair users or those with mobility issues. Please notify me in advance of a first appointment if this is required so I can book a suitable room at The Cottage.