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Dip.Couns, MBACP

About me

When life events, feelings, recent or past traumatic events become overwhelming, it can feel so hard to cope with things on your own and often hard to reach out to family or friends.  But you don't have to do it all alone, we all need a bit of help sometimes and change is possible.

By offering you a safe, confidential, non-judgemental, empathetic space where you can talk freely and explore your thoughts, feelings and patterns, with someone who is trained to help you make sense of any issues or concerns, we can work together at your own pace, to find out what you need to make the changes you want.

As a military veteran who has served almost a decade in the armed forces and also many years in the corporate world, I really understand how life events, both personal and professional, can cause stress, anxiety, depression, feeling sad, panic attacks and trauma responses.

I feel passionate about helping people work through trauma and PTSD whether it's recent or historic events, supporting and helping them to move forward to live a happier and more fulfilling life.

"Trauma is not what happens to you, it’s what happens inside you as a result of what happened to you.  Trauma is that scarring that makes you less flexible, more rigid, less feeling and more defended."  (Dr Gabor Mate)

Using an integrative counselling approach means I can offer various theoretical approaches tailored to suit your needs, but you and what you need are at the centre of the therapy.

I offer both face-to-face and online sessions, short and long term sessions, for adults and young people over age 18 years.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPD Certificate in Advanced Memory Reconsolidation & Flash Technique
  • CPD Certificate in Memory Reconsolidation & Flash Technique
  • CPD Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
  • CPD Mindfulness Training
  • CPD Certificate in Shame & Trauma Informed Practice
  • OCN Level 3 Certificate in Working with Survivors of Sexual Violence (ISVA)
  • BACP Certificate in Proficiency
  • CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (in progress)
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Enhanced DBS Checked

I have specialist training and experience of working with trauma and PTSD, including military veterans and survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, domestic abuse and historic child sex abuse. 

Client issues I have worked with include: anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, flashbacks, night-terrors, panic attacks, sleeping issues, EUPD, anger issues, self-harm, alcohol / drug abuse, eating disorders, low self-esteem / confidence issues, shame, sadness, loneliness / isolation, sexual issues, relationship/communication issues, menopause, disconnection, body image issues, loss and grief.

As a trauma informed therapist, I use the Trauma Informed Model and I am also trained in the Flash Technique (FT).

FT is a recently developed and minimally intrusive therapeutic intervention for reducing the distress associated with traumatic or disturbing memories.   Unlike many conventional trauma therapy interventions, FT does not require clients to consciously engage with the traumatic memory.   This allows traumatic memories to then be processed with further talking therapy, without having to connect with the overwhelming feelings of trauma.

FT can help with many presenting issues including but not limited to, anxiety, OCD, mild and severe dissociation and depression, as well as trauma.

Working in private practice on the outskirts of Aylesbury, I have created a light therapy space from my insulated conservatory garden room at home, accompanied by my therapy companion dog, who is small, quiet, friendly and hypoallergenic.   I have a side access for face to face clients, with roadside parking available.   I am also trained  and experienced in offering online sessions via Zoom.

In addition I work for a sexual assault and abuse support services charity that covers the Aylesbury Vale and Milton Keynes areas, working with survivors of sexual violence, domestic abuse, domestic violence,  coercive control, rape and historic child sex abuse.   I also have experience of working as an ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor), supporting agency clients going through the Criminal Justice Process.

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

Disturbing memories

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Fees

£55.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer an initial 30 minute consultation which is free of charge.

This can be face to face or via zoom, depending on what format you would like for your counselling sessions, (hybrid - face to face / zoom combination is also an option for sessions).  Or we can have a phone call.

It gives you an opportunity to tell me a little more about what has brought you to therapy and what help / support you would like from me.

It also gives me a chance to share a little about how I work and what I can or cannot offer you.  We can also explore how we might work together, and experience the environment we would be working in.

Our therapeutic relationship is really key to any therapy, so this will give us a chance to see if we would both like to work together, and to see if I am the right therapist for you and what you need.

After the initial consultation, the sessions would be weekly and last 50 minutes.

Fees can be paid via preferably by BACS or bank transfer.   Payment is required 24 hours prior to the appointment.

When I work

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Aylesbury, Bucks, HP21

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

There are several steps up to my therapy room and a narrow pathway with gravel, which alas is not suitable for wheelchair use. However, I do offer sessions via zoom which are accessible to anyone in the UK.

Online platforms

Zoom