For me, counselling has been a second career, after a personal trauma in midlife made me look at my life and values afresh. I came to it wanting to connect and reach out to people who were struggling as I had. As a counsellor, I know I cannot sort out your problems for you, but I can help you explore them and how they are effecting you so that you are able to find you own way through them. I bring to this understanding and a real desire to help.
I am an Integrative Counsellor which means I am flexible, using whichever counselling approach best suits you and your issues. However, to me what matters most is the relationship and trust that we build between us. This is why I offer a free initial session in which we get a feel for each other, and you can decide if I am the right counsellor for you.
I work face to face with clients (or I did, before lockdown!) from my home in Hazelbury Bryan in Dorset. I currently work only online and on telephone so it no longer matters where you or I live. I work on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday but also offer a limited number of weekend and evening sessions.
Please get in touch for an initial session or to ask me anything else you would like to know. I would love to help you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at Iron Mill College in Exeter and have an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling. I am a Member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and as such abide by their Code of Ethics. I receive regular professional supervision during which I can get another viewpoint on any issues I have encountered in my work. I also am committed to developing and maintaining my knowledge and expertise through further training and CPD. Counselling can be a strain on the counsellor, so I support my own resilience and emotional health through regular sessions with my own counsellor.
I am an Integrative Counsellor. This means that I work with clients in a holistic way, using techniques from Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, CBT and Person-Centred counselling according to the needs of each individual client.
I have experience in working with a wide range of problems such as:
- anger and rage,
- relationship issues,
- life crisis,
- serious illness,
- childhood abuse,
- adult abuse,
- and coercive control.
I work with clients of any background, sexual orientation or ethnicity who are 18 or older.
I work in private practice and also as a volunteer counsellor at HELP Counselling in Wiltshire. I have also worked with Wessex Cancer Trust.
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
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Sessions are 50 minutes once a week. Regular weekly sessions help us keep momentum and allows me to be there to support you if you find the issues difficult to talk about.
The number of sessions needed depends solely on each client. In our first meeting we will identify your goals and whether there is a short or long-term issue. However, further issues often come out during the course of therapy so we will review progress regularly to ensure we are both happy with the direction we are taking.
I charge £45 for each 50 minute session. This is payable by card or cash if face-to-face. Zoom and telephone sessions can be paid for by PayPal or by bank transfer. I offer reduced fees for NHS staff, students and those on low income, so please speak to me about this if you want to know more.
I offer sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and a limited number of weekend and weekday evening sessions. I do not offer face to face sessions currently, but work online and by phone.