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MBACP (Accred)

About me

I have been working as a counsellor for over ten years now and have many and various experiences of helping both individuals and couples to find answers within themselves for life situations and challenges.

If you have a problem or a crisis which invariably involves other people with situations that seem impossible to deal with at the time, counselling can help. Often the road to recovery involves coming to an understanding of what is going on for you so that self-direction can emerge and a way forward can be found.

Counselling is the process of helping you to explore who you are, why you think and act the way you do and how you can make changes to live in a way that is more fulfilling and acceptable to you. This will inevitably involve how you think about yourself, how you relate to others and the world around you and how you view your journey in the world at any given point.

Even though your particular situation or condition seems utterly devastating counselling can help you see more clearly the answers you are seeking.

My sessions can also greatly help with the process of coming to terms with emotionally challenging life events that at the time can appear almost overbearing. This can relate to bereavement issues concerning the loss of very close family or friends as well as relationship breakdowns that can be equally devastating.

Counselling can offer a breathing space where issues can be explored in confidence when even speaking to our nearest and dearest has the potential to amplify or complicate the problem.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Diploma in Counselling (CPCAB) and a Certificate in Reality Therapy (William Glasser Institute). As well as working within local G.P. surgeries I have also taught counselling with various groups and organizations. In the seventies and eighties I worked as a professional actor which set the foundation for my interest in personal awareness and spiritual growth.

I have a particular interest in the Existentialist approach to therapy which, whilst recognising and acknowledging specific presenting issues, focuses on examining the whole personality in regard to making choices and dealing with circumstances. I am also trained in the cognitive/behavioural approach which provides opportunity to examine thoughts and ways of doing things. This can often produce concrete ideas for the resolution of difficulties.

I work in private practice and also have a Diploma in Supervision (Metanoia Institute).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKRCP

United Kingdom Register of Counsellors / Psychotherapists (UKRCP) (UKRCP)

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Registered practitioners are entitled to be known as a UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor / Psychotherapist.

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Counselling £35.

Supervision and Couples £40.

Student concessions.

Further information

I can make appointments for telephone, Skype, FaceTime or Zoom at the present time.

114 High Street, Harrold, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK43 7BJ

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

My philosophy of supervision is to develop a person-centred relationship where the supervisee’s needs and well-being are the focus of a working alliance.

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