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MBACP, Dip. Counselling & Supervision

About me

I am an experienced counsellor, supervisor and Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) who works with a range of emotional difficulties and can offer both in-person and remote counselling sessions. Based in the Tunbridge Wells area, I am conveniently situated for clients living in the surrounding areas of Kent & the South-East.

In-person sessions are held at a private venue which offers a peaceful, natural, and welcoming environment. My therapy room is light and spacious and enjoys views of the surrounding semi-rural space which there is also opportunity to work in.

There are times in our lives, when we experience problems that we find difficult to cope with and these difficulties may be affecting your quality of life & emotional well-being. I am able to offer you the space & time to talk openly about your problems in a safe, confidential & professional way.

My approach is integrative, which means that I draw on different therapeutic approaches in order to work with your individual needs & as best to support you.

Your therapy may be short or long term – the length of therapy will depend on the difficulties that you are facing.

Our counselling relationship will be central to our work together. It is very different to the type of one you will experience with friends, family & colleagues. It is secure, confidential & contained and the focus is on your experience of your problems. I will not give you advice, nor will I judge you or tell you what to do, but instead I will accept all your experiences & feelings as valid and work with you to make sense of them. Greater insight & self-awareness can lead to making long-lasting changes that can help you lead a more fulfilled life & have an increased sense of well-being.

Together we can work through what you feel is best for you and in doing so, you may start to manage your life differently.

My aim is to support you in gaining the capacity & confidence to better support yourself.

If you need any more information then please call me on 07934 249925 for a free confidential conversation or e-mail me using the link on this page or via my website link. I will happily answer any questions and maybe together we can work out if counselling is right for you. Remember, you are under no obligation to make an appointment with me.

If I am unable to answer my phone, please leave a message. My email & answer service are confidential and I will get back to you within 48 hours (Mon-Fri).

Training, qualifications & experience

Training & Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Integrative Supervision of Individuals and Groups
  • CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice training (Bowlby Centre)
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • CPCAB Award in Understanding Substance Misuse
  • Award in Education & Training

Professional development, current work & interests:

Attachment Psychotherapy:

- Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice training (Bowlby Centre)
- Ongoing Attachment clinical forums, seminars & supervision
- Traumatic Attachment – working with clients who have experienced developmental trauma and abuse
- Working with attachment issues arising from relationships with narcissistic parents/caregivers and partners
- Loss, grief and separation

Psycho-Biological Approaches:

- Mind-Body Approaches to Working with Developmental Trauma 
- Polyvagal Theory training (with Deb Dana)                                                            

Disordered Eating:

- Working with clients to better understand their over-eating and binge eating
Attachment based issues connected with disordered eating
- Supporting clients who are considering bariatric surgery, have had or are sabotaging surgery
- Understanding Your Eating Training with Professor Julia Buckroyd
- Disordered Eating Training: Psychopathology, therapeutic interventions, psychological assessment and psycho-educational groupsWorking with clients to better understand their over-eating and binge eating
- Attachment based issues connected with disordered eating

Other training:

- Working with couples & relationships
- Bereavement training

I am committed to furthering my professional development & regularly attend further training, supervision and keeping up to date with regular reading & research.

Other Counselling Work & Experience:

In addition to working privately, I am a Counsellor & Supervisor at a counselling charity in Bromley.

I have also worked as a counsellor in a local GP practice & within an NHS Tier 3 adult weight management service. Here I gained specialist training, experience and interest in working with emotional eating, over-eating and binge eating issues. Some of my private work is now with clients who want to understand and address the emotional issues that underpin their struggle with their weight, psychologically prepare for bariatric surgery or help those who have started to sabotage existing bariatric surgery.

Prior to life as a counsellor, I worked as a business analyst & trainer where I developed & facilitated training for individuals & groups. Time spent in a pressurised, working environment has given me insight into how you may be finding work stressful, experiencing performance anxiety and have work-life balance worries & problems.

Member organisations

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I suggest an initial phone conversation at first for us both to see if working together feels appropriate. Please remember that you are under no obligation to continue.

If we decide to work together, then counselling sessions are 50 minutes long and held on the same day & at the same time each week. My fees are:

£50 - Individual Counselling (18+)

£40 - Concession fee available for trainee counsellors and full time students

Group sessions - please enquire as prices dependant on group size and the type of work required.

Further information

Contacting me:
If you need any more information or have any concerns, then please call me on 07934 249925 for a free confidential conversation or e-mail me using the link on this page. You could also visit my website, also linked to this page.

I am not always able to answer my phone, so please leave a message. My email & answer service are confidential and I will get back to you within 48 hours (Mon-Fri).

To maintain confidentiality, I will not call back ‘missed calls’ (where no message has been left on my phone) and I will not leave a message on your phone unless you have asked me to do so.

Pembury, Tunbridge Wells, TN2

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Groups

Key details

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Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online

Integrative supervision with a psychodynamic relational focus for individuals and groups.

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