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About me

I am a Gestalt Counsellor and my aim is to create a positive and trusting environment within which a professional relationship can develop which will enable you to access the help you wish.

I am empathic and approachable and I strive to provide a caring and safe service so you can feel confident in sharing your thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental and confidential way.

I offer ONLINE  and face to face 1:1 sessions with adults and children, as well as couple work and whole family interventions. I have over 20 years experience in working with Families and Children/Young people. I am able to use a creative and eclectic approach to tailor my interventions to suit the needs of my clients.

The length of these interventions can vary and are also tailored to your individual needs. At initial consultation we can talk about what your hoping to achieve from our sessions and how long this may take etc. I can work with you and what you feel that you need.

My hours of work vary and I can offer evening and some weekend appointments. For family sessions, I find that they are best carried out within the family home but this can be flexible if not appropriate.

I work confidentially and ethically, abiding by the BACP code of ethics. I also have an enhanced DBS check.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • DipHE in Humanistic Gestalt Counselling from University of New Bucks.
  • Certificate in Non Violent Resistance (NVR). Family Therapy Approach for aggressive/challenging children. CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service).
  • BSc Practice Educating - Social Care.
  • Level 4 NVQ Working with Parents and Families.
  • Data Protection & Information Governance.
  • Level 4 Safeguarding - Children Services.
  • Strenthening Families Project - Facilitator.
  • Motivational Interviewing.
  • Solution Focus Therapy.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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).

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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

Family Relationship Breakdowns.

Child to Parent Domestic Abuse.

Fees

From £40.00 to £100.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Additional information

OUT of HOURS (Evening & Weekend) appointments are available

Individuals; A fee of £45.00 per 50 minute session.

Couples; A fee of £60.00 per 50 minute session.

Family Work; A fee of £100 per 60-90 minute session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Telephone contact available between 9am and 8pm (Mon - Fri)

ONLINE  sessions available to suit individual needs.

Further information

Alongside providing Counselling I also work with groups, professional organisations and deliver workshops offering Mindfulness Training, Understanding Behaviours and Meaning Making of Dreams & a new fascinating approach to working with parents who have challenging children who use aggressive and violence to express themselves (NVR).

Child-2-Parent aggression/abuse is on the increase and the Family Therapy approach of 'Non Violent Resistance (NVR)' is now widely being championed as the best method to tackle this. I can offer this to individual families (in their own homes) and also in small groups for parents.

Southampton, Hampshire, SO15

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Online sessions and home visits adhereing to current legislations due to current circumstances

Social