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working face to face & online with adults and teenagers

About me

Introduction

Whatever your reason for seeking therapy you will find counselling beneficial to your wellbeing. Sessions are private and confidential, giving you the freedom to talk openly about feelings and the different aspects of your life where you'd like to see change. You will receive a warm welcome whatever your race, colour, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

Over the years I have successfully helped numerous clients explore a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and grief. My aim is to equip you with the tools you need to confidently navigate your life going forward.

How I can help you

Having regular counselling sessions with me will help you gain a new perspective on what's troubling you, we will look at what is working for you right now and what isn't. We will explore your options, whether that be to make changes or learning to accept what you can't change.

It will be an opportunity for you to be listened to without judgement or feeling hurried, if you struggle to communicate what you're feeling I can help by giving you the language to express those feelings.

I work both short and long term depending on your needs.

Training and experience

I trained back in 2011 and have a Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis. I went on to gain a Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People. In 2018 I attended training in the Rewind Technique, used to reduce the effects of trauma. Prior to opening my own business I worked as a School Counsellor for a local secondary school. I am a member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists and abide by their Ethical Framework. I am also a member of the International Transactional Analysis Association. I attend regular supervision and undertake Continued Professional Development to ensure I am offering you well informed and up to date therapy.

Parents/Guardians

If you are a parent/guardian looking for a therapist for your teenager can I suggest that you look at my profile together, include them in the process of choosing a counsellor, they will be much more likely to engage when we meet if it is a joint decision. As their primary caregiver, you are a very important part of the counselling process, when we meet I will set out the boundaries with respect to confidentiality and what you can do to support your child/teenager to get the most out of our sessions.

Free Consultation

I offer a free 30-minute, no-obligation, consultation, it's an opportunity for us to meet and talk about how we can work together to make the changes you want. You can ask me any questions you have about therapy with me and get a feel for what it would be like to see me regularly.

Sessions and cost

Unlike most therapists, whose sessions last just 50 minutes, sessions with me are an hour. I work both face to face and online.  I charge £55 a session and take payment by either bank transfer or card.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis - Middlesex University
  • Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People - Quality Training UK
  • Rewind Technique for trauma and PTSD
  • Certificate in Mindfulness - Basingstoke Counselling Service
  • Counselling Skills - Basingstoke College of Technology
  • Certificate in Transactional Analysis 101
  • Emotional Literacy Support Assistant Training - Hampshire Educational Psychology Department
  • Sandtray Workshop
  • I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice
  • I worked for a year as a volunteer counsellor with adults who have a gambling addiction and for SureStart, counselling the parents of children attending their centres.
  • I have 14 years experience of working with young people in Secondary Schools.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Prayer ministry

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Fees

£55.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • WPA

Additional information

I offer a free, initial assessment where we can meet, giving you the opportunity to provide an overview of what is troubling you. We'll discuss what you hope to achieve from therapy and how I can support you.

Individuals: £55 per session.


When I work

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I am able to offer flexible appointments both during the day and in the evenings. Do email or call me to find out more

Further information

My premises are in the centre of town, within a 10 minute walk of the train and bus station.  Free parking is available.  I am on the 3rd floor accessed by either stairs or a lift.

I am aware that not everyone is comfortable having therapy face to face yet so I am continuing to work online as well, giving you the option to choose how you would like therapy.

If you choose face-to-face therapy I have put measures in place to keep us as safe as possible.  I have hand sanitiser available, we sit 2 metres apart, seating is leather and wiped down between each client.  The fresh air system is in line with the Health and Safety Executives guidelines.  I am happy to leave the decision as to whether we wear a mask or not up to you.  If you have any questions about the safety measures in place do get in touch.

Arena Business Centres, The Square, Basing View, Basingstoke, RG21 4EB

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Online platforms

Zoom

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