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I am a NHS trained integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor, clinical supervisor and mindfulness and compassion teacher. I have been training or working in the mental health profession since 2009 and have thousands of hours in the field. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), of the British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA) and I am on the Professional Standards Authority Professional Accredited Register.
I specialise in working in stress management, dealing with anxiety, depression, crisis of meaning and sharing the benefits that mindfulness and compassion training can have in our relationship with ourself, in our interpersonal relationships and in the workplace, as well as how they help us meet and heal from trauma.
I mainly work with adults and enjoy doing so with people from all backgrounds and orientations and I do this locally in Medway in North Kent, UK, in-person and nationally and internationally via secure video conferencing.
How can I help you?
I believe that ultimately you are the expert on you, however I provide an open, kind, aware space that is accepting, empathic, safe and confidential to help you explore your life situation and yourself. Helping you bring more awareness, clarity and kindness to your experience, we can then explore what choices and options there are regarding how you relate to your inner and outer worlds, and then see what strategies you can use to help implement those choices in a way that is beneficial to you in your life.
My past experience, integrative training and continuing professional development, provide me with the flexibility to draw on a number of theories and approaches including, Person Centred, Relational, Existential, Psychodynamic, Cognitive, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as well as Mindfulness and Compassion based approaches, to match what best serves you.
What happens in the first session?
Our first session will give us an opportunity to get to know each other a little, find out more about your needs, what has brought you to therapy and what it is you would like us to initially look at together.
If you have had therapy before, then I would be interested to hear about your past experience, what went well or not so well, for example.
We would also talk over our working agreement, looking at things like confidentiality, ideas and expectations of therapy and practical considerations like how often we plan to meet and when, for example.
We may also get a sense about the work ahead and if it will be shorter-term, more goal orientated work aimed at resolving a few specific issues, what we typically understand as counselling. Or maybe it will be longer-term and slightly deeper work, aimed at resolving more complex and often interrelated issues, what we typically understand as psychotherapy. Although both approaches can have a degree of overlap and lead to a greater sense of personal well-being.
There is no need for you to share everything all at once, anything you are uncomfortable about sharing or discuss anything you don't want to. As a therapist grounded in a person centred approach, I take your lead in terms of what you want to look at and where you want to go. You are invited to share your experience and give feedback about the process whenever you choose to and during times when we review how we feel the work we are doing together is going.
So, whether you are looking to make defined and definite changes in your life or are less clear about your current experience and would like a more open exploration, the style, structure and pace of the sessions follow your needs.
Where do the Counselling sessions take place?
I work out of a professional Counselling and Therapy Centre in Gillingham called St. Barnabas House. The centre offers a quiet, calm, comfortable atmosphere and is easily accessible by car (with parking close by), bus or train and has wheelchair access and rooms on the ground floor.
I also have access to a therapy room at the Quaker Meeting House in Rochester. The Meeting House has a peaceful atmosphere and is easily accessible by car (with parking close by), bus or train and has wheelchair access.
If you are unable to physically attend in-person or you prefer to work remotely, then I have a lot of experience working online via secure video call and over the phone, although I prefer that we can see each other either in-person or via video where possible.
Please feel free to get in touch and find out more or to book an initial session as I will be happy to answer your questions.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and qualifications
I completed my Diploma in Integrative Counselling with Inter-Psyche Training Institute, which is part of the Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership Trust. It was fully Accredited by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), the largest professional organisation which represents Counselling and Psychotherapy in the United Kingdom. The Diploma had a Humanistic, Person Centred, Relational base and also gave consideration to Psychodynamic, Cognitive and Existential models, providing me with the flexibility to draw on a number of theories and approaches best suited to my client's needs.
I am a registered Mindfulness and Compassion Teacher with the British Association for Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA), having trained to teach with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, the Mindfulness Network and other internationally known mindfulness training organisations. I have extensive experience in the practice, teaching and integration of Mindfulness and Compassion based approaches within a one-to-one therapeutic context, as well as in the public, private and third sectors through running workshops, courses and retreats, to help people and groups meet a range of difficulties, including stress, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, for example.
I have a Diploma in Individual and Group Clinical Supervision and a Certificate in Mindfulness Supervision, which means I help support other therapists and mindfulness teachers in their work.
- Trained to teach Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (Mindfulness Network)
- Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision (Bedonwell Training)
- Certificate in Mindfulness Supervision (The Mindfulness Network)
- Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (Sussex Mindfulness Centre, NHS)
- .b Foundation Teacher Training (Mindfulness in Schools Project)
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Teacher Training Retreat Certificate (Oxford University, Oxford Mindfulness Centre)
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Course Certificate (Centre for Mindful Living)
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Inter-Psyche, NHS)
- Drug and Alcohol Awareness (Forward Trust)
- 12 Step Awareness (Forward Trust)
- Group Facilitation Skills (Forward Trust)
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy (Forward Trust)
- Certificate in Mentoring (University of Greenwich)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills (Inter-Psyche, NHS)
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Institute of Education, University of London)
- BA Honours in Western Philosophy (King's College, University of London)
I have been training and working in the mental health profession since 2009 and have 20 years experience working in the public, private and charity sectors. I have been running my own private practice since 2015 and have been working as a psychotherapeutic counsellor, mindfulness and compassion trainer and clinical supervisor during that time. Previously I qualified as a teacher and worked in education and training within secondary schools and adult education in prisons, as well as working as a counsellor for students in college and for adults within drug and alcohol services in prisons.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Fees are £65 per 50 minute session and payment is made prior to the initial session and then at the on the day of each subsequent session.
Mindfulness and Compassion Training
Fees depend on the type of training, so please do get in touch to find out more thank you.
When I work
I am usually available Monday to Friday, with my first appointment slot open at 9:00 am and last appointment slot at 7:00 pm.
If you want to find out more about Mindfulness or Compassion Courses or are interested in doing a Mindfulness or Compassion based course with me, then please do get in touch and see my website here, thank you: