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MBACP Registered, In Person & Online Counselling

About me

When you find yourself dealing with an unexpected life event or feelings that are overwhelming and hard to cope with, I feel it is the power of connection in relationship that can be the greatest source of support. This emphasis on connection allows us to create a therapeutic relationship where focussing on your needs is at the heart of the work together. By supporting with coping strategies and understanding emotions and behaviours, we can work to make sense of what may be going on for you underneath the surface.

I aim to offer a space that feels safe, confidential, accepting and free of judgement, in the hope that therapy will feel as accessible and inclusive as possible to anyone reaching out for support.

My working life previous to counselling was in the corporate environment which has given me a real understanding of the pressure that comes with striving to succeed and the emotional distress it can cause both personally and professionally.

I have a huge passion for sport and offering support to process the emotional impact that can come from injury, loss of form, loss of identity, pressure to perform or having to give up the sport altogether. It can often be this element of support that is missing and yet it can be the base from which recovery can build.

I work in private practice in Thame, within a comfortable air-conditioned room which is big enough to adhere to COVID regulations and social distancing. I can also offer face to face sessions in High Wycombe from a room based in the town centre.  I offer online sessions through Zoom if that is more suited to your needs.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • CAPCB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CAPCB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPD in Conducting Online Therapy Sessions that Deliver Results
  • CPD in Online and Telephone Counselling
  • Enhanced DBS checked

I currently work as a counsellor for the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe as well as supporting professional sportspeople through the charity Sporting Chance. Alongside these I continue to volunteer as a counsellor at Youth Enquiry Service in Wycombe, working with 13-25 year olds across a range of mental health issues.

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Social Pressures
  • Sports Related Issues
  • Loss of Identity, Meaning or Purpose

Fees

From £40.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

The fee for sessions is offered on a sliding scale between £40-£60 and is set this way to enable as many people as possible to access therapy, and offer some control in what you pay.  I would ask you to consider what you could afford within this scale and how much you would want to pay for therapy.

I can offer an initial free 20 minute phone conversation to find out a bit about what has brought you to therapy and there we can negotiate a time and frequency that would work for our sessions. 

I offer a limited number of concession rate sessions at £30 which we can discuss in the initial phone call.

When I work

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Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP13

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Zoom