**Currently not taking on any new clients until the New Year**
Maybe right now you are thinking that choosing a counsellor is hard and there are various things running through your mind, let alone any of the difficulties that you are currently facing that led you to looking for someone to talk to in the first place. So many different terms are used, and a long list of areas people work with might also add to your confusion.
I want to start by asking: how are you? Are you feeling unhappy or have thoughts that are affecting your daily life? Do you feel like no one understands how you are feeling or that you have to hide these feelings from others? Are you feeling anxious or feel that you are struggling? Or do you have a child that you are worried about? Or are you a child/teenager yourself and not understanding your emotions or things happening in your life?
Whatever your emotions, feelings, or thoughts, I might be able to help. We can work together to look at these feelings to try to understand them better, so that in time they have less of an impact on your life. I mainly work as a Person Centred Counsellor, but also use creative arts if you wish to use them. How we work together will be different for each person, and will depend on what suits you. For many of us, finding the words can sometimes be difficult, or even seem impossible. Using creative arts in therapy can be an alternative way of expression and communication for some people.
Whichever way you prefer to explore, I believe that I am easy to talk to and am impartial. I’ve been described by others as open minded and non-judgemental, compassionate and caring, which I hope helps clients feel comfortable exploring their experiences with me.
I work with both adults and young people. I am happy to work long term and also in a specific time-limited way if preferred. If your child is under 16 and you would like them to see me, please contact me to discuss how this can be arranged and what is involved.
I work from a building in the centre of town. The rooms are comfortable and private with ample parking on the High Street. Please note that the offices are upstairs. If this is an issue there is a possibility of home visits.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and follow their Ethical Framework which includes regular supervision and attend regular CPD (ongoing training).
- CPCAB Counselling Tutor - Current role
- OCN Certificate in Counselling Supervision
- School Counsellor – worked with ages 10 to 18
- Foundation Degree in Counselling – Open University
- Working with Children and Young People Diploma - Lindum College, Lincoln
- Volunteer Counsellor – St Richard’s Hospice, Worcester
- CPCAB L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Volunteer Student Counsellor – St Richard’s Hospice, Worcester
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency
- Professional Liability Insurance
- Enhanced DBS Certificate
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Children and Young People (CYP)
- Creative therapy
- Wellbeing workshops
- Self esteem
Concessions offered for
Introductory session (30 minutes) – Free
50 minute sessions – £45
I offer an initial half hour introductory session that I do not charge for. I understand that meeting someone new can be difficult and you might not know what to expect especially if you have not had counselling before.
This introductory session is an ideal time for you to ask me any questions that you might have, see if you feel comfortable with the space we are in and with me, and also to go over how we can work together. Maybe think of it as a ‘getting to know you’ session.
After this my current session rate is £45 for a fifty minute session. Sessions will usually be on a weekly basis but this may be negotiated. I do occasionally offer reduced rates to counsellors in training, or those experiencing financial difficulties. Please ask for further details.
Current hours: Monday& Tuesday: 8.30am – 8.00pm, Wednesday & Thursday - limited hours, Saturday: 9.00am – 1.00pm.
I also run workshops under the name Trap the Spark (trapthespark.co.uk) themed around well-being and learning to take time for ourselves. The workshops allow you to do something creative and fun with other people who want to enjoy the same thing and who also want to learn to take time for themselves.
These workshops are run a few times a month (more often if people want it!) and cover a whole range of topics from dealing with letting go of stress, taking time to breathe for yourself, learning to say ‘no’, and coping with loss. Each workshop will have a creative element to it where you go away with something to help you remember how to ‘trap the spark’ on your own. Some of them will be just for plain fun! Being creative has a whole host of benefits to how a person feels so it might be you just want to come along to one of the general workshops and learn something new, make a gift for someone, and even take part in a holiday baked goods swap. The list of ideas is endless.