Admitting you're not OK and that you need some support is very difficult and it is important that we acknowledge the courage it took.
I am able to offer you a confidential, safe and non-judgemental environment.
I am able to work with anyone over the age of 12 years old and there is no age limit.
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor. This means that I work in a number of ways but I predominantly cover Person-centered and Psychodynamic. I am also trained in Existential therapy and I have some knowledge of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
Being able to pull on strings of approaches means I am able to tailor therapy to individuals ensuring you get the most out of your counselling journey.
Being predominantly person-centered means that I work at your pace and ensure we work on what you (the client) wants to work on. This approach gives you the opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings and be empathically understood in a safe environment.
Pulling in Psychodynamic means that we work with your past, look at your self-awareness and understanding of how past events influence present behaviours.
Counselling can be short-term or open ended.
We will meet for an initial assessment first. This is where I can find out more about you and what you want to gain from counselling with me. You will also find out more about the counselling I provide.
From here we can decide if I'm the right counsellor for you and how we can best work together.
If this sounds like the type of Counselling you're after please don't hesitate to contact me. I am happy to answer any of the questions you have. You can either send me an email, text or call me. I will respond to all as soon as I can (usually the same day).
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member of the BACP and I am eligible for accreditation.
I am an accredited member of The Foundation for Infant Loss.
I am a CPCAB Level 2 Counselling Skills and 3 Counselling Studies tutor for a centre in Bedfordshire.
I am the Counselling Coordinator at a college.
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism
Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Therapy
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
Initial Contact - Free
I offer a free 10 minute telephone call or Zoom meet. This is an opportunity for you o ask me any questions and get a feel of me and how I work. I understand some people are uncomfortable on the telephone or video call so I am open to this communication being done via email. This is also an opportunity for me to get an idea of your struggles and decide if an assessment would be suitable.
Assessment - £30
This is a 50 minute appointment. This gives us space to find out what you would like to gain from counselling. You are aso able to find out more about the counselling I provide. We can negotiate an appropriate day and time for your counselling sessions and an appropriate fee.
This will give you an opportunity to decide if I am the right counsellor for you and how we can best work together. If you feel you are eligible for a discounted rate please be prepared to bring evidence of tis to your assessment session.
These sessions are on a set day and at a set time. However, for those that work shift patterns if availability allows I will work around this. These sessions are 50 minutes.
*Concessions are available for students/apprentices, keyworkers, people on low income and people who are in receipt of benefits or a pension*
Concessions offered for
I am currently able to offer counselling at 2 different locations around Stevenage. The locations are listed below with information relating to them.
Behind Barnaby Florist
A photo of this lovely room is further down this profile page. It is easily accessible via bus and is a fairly short walk from the train station. There are free parking bays along the high street and at the back of the high street. Please read the signs carefully as there are parking wardens monitoring the area. There is also a relatively cheap car park at the back of the Old Town where you pay upon leaving.
Wedgewood Way, Pin Green Industrial Estate
There is a room within a music studio that I have access to and again is easily accessible via bus. Unfortunately parking can be a bit more difficult. Opposite Formula One there are no double yellow lines so you can park there or there are limited space behind the unit we will be meeting in.
I am able to offer sessions at the Bedwell Community Centre if an access ramp is required.