With warmth and authenticity I am here to support you
I love talking therapy. My clients find it's a relief to be heard, listened to and not judged. I check things out with my clients to make sure I understand. I have found that telephone and zoom counselling are as effective as face-to-face counselling. You don't need to travel for a start and some clients really prefer this method. It's easy to feel overwhelmed by what life throws at us, whether it's a problem in our current situation or unwanted thoughts and memories that are getting in the way. I will help you to explore your world and what has brought you to counselling. I will hold a safe and respectful space for you do to do this in. As we are unique so each person's experience of counselling will be unique. I am an Integrative Counsellor – which means I have studied a variety of counselling models and can bring a range of techniques and knowledge. I am experienced in counselling teenagers and adults, trauma survivors, students, and with work and family issues.
I currently work part-time for a local charity; I have worked in Education for many years and have a good grounding in child development and the challenges of family life.
What I can bring
As an Integrative counsellor my approach to each client is unique. I use a blend of different kinds of counselling and therapeutic tools, such as Solution Focused Therapy, Person-centred, Transactional Analysis and Creative approaches. I am interested to explore your spiritual and religious beliefs should you want to, as these can be a rich and valuable support; whatever seems appropriate and meaningful at the time. Please look at my Training, Qualifications and Experience for more about me.
I currently use Movement Medicine as one of my personal resources and have experienced how memories can be stored in the body. That can sound weird, but maybe you have had memories triggered when someone knocked/touched a certain part of your body, or you have a physical reaction to something which is unexpected and/or confusing. It can valuable to explore this.
I have successfully worked with both short term and longer term clients. Do find me on Facebook!
Training, qualifications & experience
- I have an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling. I trained with the Ironmill College, Exeter, which included TA 101 and 102.
- 12 days training re Sexual Abuse (with Twelves Company, now First Light)
- Mental Health First Aid
- Mindfulness course
- Domestic Abuse and Child Protection
- Working online (Survivors Trust training)
- The Web of Shame
- Suicide and self-harm
I first worked as a crisis counsellor with Women's Aid in Falkirk over 20 years ago. I have been a Co-Counsellor and I have worked as a teacher for nearly 20 years. I have a good understanding of child development and the pressures on family life. This has informed my work as a School Counsellor in Plymouth.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Part-time School Counselling is an area I am moving into.
Initial consultation: £20 (50 minutes)
Further sessions: £35 (50 minutes)
I currently work from the Plymouth Natural Health and Healing Centre.