I'm a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I put the client-therapist relationship firmly at the centre of the therapy and it's important to me that you feel secure enough to experience the freedom of being able to open up and be who you really are in the counselling room. I aim to provide a warm and supportive environment where you can work at your own pace as we explore your difficulties and reconnect you with your wants and wishes for yourself.
Broadly speaking, I believe that our early relationships determine the way we relate to ourselves and others around us, so it's likely we will explore your past, especially if it's affecting your ability to cope in the present. You may know that something needs to change without being able to pinpoint what it is, or it can sometimes feel as though change is impossible. Perhaps you know what needs to be different, and fewer sessions will be required to provide the impetus to move forward.
I offer short and long term counselling and we will review our work together throughout the process to ensure we're taking the route that's right for you. The past is important in all cases, but I believe we all have the capacity to make the changes in the here and now that can lead to a more fulfilling life, and that's what really matters.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling; courses that have been accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and as a registered member of the BACP I operate within their ethical framework.
I'm committed to my own continuing professional development and I stay well informed of the latest developments within my field in order to enrich my practise. I also undertake regular supervision to ensure that I'm providing the best level of care to my clients.
I work with a diverse range of adults and I offer counselling for a broad range of difficulties. I have worked with organisations and charities offering support to carers and to victims of domestic abuse. I have an additional interest in working with older adults.
I have post graduate qualifications in Media and the Arts and experience of working for large organisations in these fields. I'm interested in the pressures of work that can lead to unhelpful and damaging coping strategies,
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
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
£55.00 per session
My fee is £55 per weekly session of 50 minutes. I can also offer some reduced rates for students and those on a low income.