I started my counselling career in Market Harborough in 2004 and have been working as a counsellor in Leicester, Market Harborough and surrounding areas ever since . I trained as a Person-Centred Counsellor at South Leicestershire College, Wigston but I also have a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which allows me to integrate CBT into my work practice.
I am committed to providing counselling for the people of Leicester and Leicestershire in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. I undertake therapy with individuals on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling them to enhance their life and to live it more fully.
As an experienced therapist I have helped clients who have experienced many types of difficulties including:
- Childhood abuse
- Work related problems
I have a special interest in helping people who suffer with anxiety and panic attacks. It is an often hidden, un-talked about problem which can be extremely life limiting. I use a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Education and Counselling to help people get control of their panic attacks and to explore what is their cause.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began my formal training as a Counsellor in 2003 following more than 20 years working as a Radiographer/Sonographer in both the UK and overseas, in the NHS and private healthcare. My interest in Counselling came about when I started an "in house" counselling skills training course at Leicester Royal Infirmary because I thought it would be useful to me as a Radiographer. I became hooked and wanted to learn more, so I carried on to train as a Person Centred Counsellor through South Leicestershire College. I saw my first clients in Dec 2004 at the Market Harborough Counselling Practice and then went on to complete a training placement at Latham House GP practice in Melton Mowbray.
I qualified in 2007 and went on to work as a Counsellor for both Latham House, MIND in Corby and De Montfort University (DMU). As my counselling skills developed I studied for and gained an Advanced Diploma in CBT for Person Centred Counsellors at Warwick University. I now enjoy using what I consider the best bits of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) in my own practice. I achieved BACP Accreditation status in January 2011.
Having continued to work as a Radiographer part time as well as working as a Counsellor, in 2013 I decided to give up Radiography and open my own private practice.
In 2015 I studied for and gained a Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy Supervision and began supervising volunteer counsellors at Leicester Women's Counselling Centre (LWCC). In 2016 I gained a qualification in telephone counselling. In 2020 I qualified as an online counsellor.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
I charge from £50 per one hour session. I do give a small concession to trainee counsellors if asked.
For supervision of counsellors I charge £45 an hour or £60 for a one and a half hour session.
I offer face to face appointments on a Wednesday afternoon/early evening in Leicester. Phone or video appointments are more flexible.