Welcome to my information page. I hope you find it useful as you seek to make this significant decision of finding help and counselling.
We all have times in our lives when we feel overwhelmed and stuck. Counselling offers an opportunity to have a safe place in which to talk through and explore these thoughts and feelings, and challenges, in a confidential and safe setting.
In light of this, and my person centred orientation and approach as a counsellor, I would trust and value you, as a client, in my accompanying and counselling you in your own unique journey towards finding your way forward into a more peaceful and settled place. I would offer you, and all you bring to the sessions, acceptance, understanding and authenticity, in a respectful and non judgemental environment.
Having worked with people for just over forty years, I draw on this experience and learning to help me specifically tailor what I offer to each person.
I work with many types of issues and challenges, including depression, loss, abuse, relationship difficulties and general anxiety and uncertainty.
I also have an interest in spirituality, and am willing and able to work with spiritual issues and aspects of life, but only if you decided you wanted to explore these areas.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working as a counsellor for over twenty years, and have also taught counselling diplomas at post graduate level, and I also supervise counsellors.
I am both registered and accredited with my professional association.
Previously to working in counselling, and also alongside and including working in counselling, I was a social worker, and also a pastoral worker, for a number of years
I have social work, pastoral work, and counselling qualifications.
MA Mental Health/ Psychotherapy
Cert Comm Ed
CQSW/ Dip SW
ASW Mental Health
Adv Cert Couns
Dip Spiritual Accompaniment
I am very happy to talk with you further about my approach to counselling, and my qualifications and experience, if you should wish to do so.
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.
Association for Christian Counsellors
The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK. The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.
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
I usually charge £40 per hour, and £60 per hour and a half, but this is negotiable.
I currently work on Thursdays and Fridays in a room in a community hall. There is good, free parking and the building is easy to find.