Seeking counselling can be both a relief and a daunting prospect. You may, for example, be experiencing a particularly difficult life event, persistent emotional difficulties or a lack of direction. Allowing yourself the time to explore your issue with a fully trained, empathic therapist can help you discover the route back to where you want to be.
During the therapeutic process my focus is to create a warm and relaxed relationship - I will be there listening empathically and non-judgmentally to you. I have a down to earth character and am not averse to encouraging humour in the counselling process when suitable!
Not only am I trained in several counselling theory models, I also have experienced my own personal fears and difficulties, which, I believe, allows me to understand my clients even more acutely.
I ensure that our sessions are safe, secure and confidential. Working closely together we will develop a strong therapeutic relationship within which we will be able to explore your experiences, feelings and behaviours.
Collaboratively we will devise a realistic contract for us to follow, which will be driven by your needs and wishes of how you would like to make changes in your life.
As well as working face to face I also offer online counselling to all my clients.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified humanistic counsellor in practice in Tunbridge Wells and Crowborough. As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, BACP, I follow their ethical framework. I am fully insured.
I work in private practice mainly at the Beacon NHS Medical Practice in Crowborough, where for the past five years GPs have referred patients to me who are experiencing a variety of difficulties.
For thirty years I have worked with teenagers with many diverse issues in my role as a secondary school teacher. I presently spend part of my week supporting students during private tuition after school.
My specialist area is anxiety, however I have also successfully worked with those experiencing a variety of difficulties.
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.