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MBACP (Accred) Counsellor & Supervisor

About me

As an experienced counsellor working with adults and young people, I offer a non-judgemental, confidential place for you to explore the issues or problems you are struggling with or which are worrying you. I will help you find a way forward that is right for you. Perhaps you are suffering with feelings of depression, a sense of sadness or anxiety and panic attacks; confused or unhappy about relationships or family issues; struggling with life-cycle changes, lack of confidence or anger; whatever your problem counselling can help you find a way to make sense of what is troubling you and give you the opportunity to work towards developing a more fulfilling and rewarding life, by gaining personal insight and a renewed sense of energy and optimism.

I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and practice in accordance with their ethical framework for good, sound practice. I am DBS checked and keep my child protection and safeguarding training up to date.

My approach is gentle, supportive and respectful, working from a humanistic perspective with adults and young people providing short-term and longer term help. I am passionate about my work and understand that taking the first step in acknowledging that you need help can feel daunting. Counselling will give you the space to share your problems and what it feels like for you.

In addition to my private practice, I currently work as a school counsellor in two secondary schools.  I previously worked for a university student counselling service and for a charity counselling families, children and adolescents.

Training, qualifications & experience

Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
Children Matter: Therapeutic training to work with Children and Young People
Further Counselling Skills and Theory
Basic Counselling Skills and Theory

Four years experience working for a university counselling service
Referrals from local GP Practices for last 10 years
Over nine years experience working with adolescents.  Currently a School Counsellor working in two secondary schools; previous experience working with boarding school pupils
Adolescent and family counselling experience in the charity sector

I have been in private practice for over nine years

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

A limited number of concessionary rates available to those on low or reduced income

When I work

Some early morning and evening appointments available

Further information

Free parking available

Hawkhurst, Cranbrook, Kent, TN18

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Private, ground floor entrance, short flight of stairs

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online

I am a trained supervisor offering supervision to individual qualified and trainee counsellors and psychotherapists.

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