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We can all experience difficult times in our lives which we find incredibly stressful and that can have an impact on our physical health, our relationships, our family and our ability to work. We may feel overwhelmed, paralysed with anxiety, unable to make decisions, or it may just feel like we are stuck and want to get more out of life but don’t know where to start, or what is stopping us moving forward. When this happens, we may find that we are going over and over things, becoming even more confused and anxious and cannot identify what is causing us to feel like this.
Having in the past had a career in a stressful management position - juggling the pressures of life - I have been in that place.
Since then, my training and experience have shown me that counselling is a way of exploring, with support, those aspects of your life which may be causing you distress. I work with whatever is troubling you, in confidence, providing time and space where you can feel safe to voice your thoughts and feelings and what effect your life experience is having. Talking things through with someone who has no other role in your life, can give you a new perspective and help you restore trust in yourself to steer your own way through. Your values, your choices and your lifestyle will be respected and you will able to talk about whatever is troubling you, openly and freely without being judged or advised. Whatever your background, age, gender, sexuality, religious beliefs or ability, you will be treated with dignity at all times.
Ultimately you are the best expert on you and your life. You have the resources to make your own, carefully considered, decisions and we can work together towards that.
I work at your pace, without pressure, offering short-term and long-term counselling to suit your requirements. I appreciate that your requirements may change as we progress.
I am a fully-insured Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and am bound by its Code of Ethics and Practice for your safety and protection.
Above all I am a mature, thoughtful, caring and respectful individual with a lot of life experience to draw upon and a desire to help others who wish to get more out of life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Counselling Skills: 2008
Adv. Diploma in Counselling: 2010
Short Professional Development Courses in:
- Safeguarding Vulnerable Children and Adults
- Grief and Loss
- Working with the Inner Child
- Understanding Shame in Therapeutic Relationships
- Understanding Self Harm
- Coaching in a therapeutic relationship
- Introduction to Neurolinguistic Programming for Health Professionals
- Introduction to Hypnotherapy and Relaxation techniques for Counselling Professionals
- Counselling remotely
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
I offer a short initial telephone consultation. This will allow you to decide whether counselling is for you and for you to determine that you feel comfortable working with me. I do not ask you to make any commitment at this point but an appointment can be made for further sessions. Thereafter my sessions cost £30 but I can offer concessions for students and those on low incomes.
Concessions offered for
I am able to offer limited evening appointments to fit in with your work/family commitments should you require. I recognise that making the first step takes a lot of courage and with that in mind, I welcome enquiries about my services should you have any questions.