There are times when having a safe space to talk through our worries can really help us cope. We can come across difficulties in life which we can struggle to manage on our own, including bereavement, work troubles, relationship breakdowns and issues, health problems and different family issues.
My belief is that we all have potential and strengths within us which at times we can need support to access. Counselling offers a time that is yours, away from the stresses and demands of everyday life, where together we can work towards a more peaceful way of being for you.
My way of working makes sure you feel at the heart of our time together. By being in a discreet, non-judgemental, empathic environment which is warm, confidential and secure you can open up and talk about what is bothering you. I believe you know yourself better than anyone and that as your counsellor I am here to listen and support you as we explore the issues you wish to bring.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an Integrative Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and work as a counsellor, trainer and supervisor. I have additional qualifications and experience working with domestic abuse, child abuse, FGM and trauma as well as with disability, learning difficulties and with people with a variety of health conditions. I hold certificates in various issues including Understanding Mental Health as well as working with vulnerable adults, child protection, data protection, equality and diversity.
I have a background working with women as part of a Women's Centre dealing with the complex feelings around living with and moving on from relationship difficulties, domestic abuse and fertility issues such as miscarriage and stillbirth. I appreciate how hard it can be to seek support when you are either in or trying to move on from a difficult and/or complex relationship. I have training and experience working with women to offer support during this transition.
In addition I have worked for many years with young people as well as people with disabilities and learning difficulties in a variety of capacities and have worked for a young people's counselling agency. I have also worked in a secondary school as a counsellor where I worked with a diverse range of issues including exam stress, life changes, pressure of transition and family problems.
Issues I have experience working with:
- Relationship issues and difficulties
- Domestic abuse
- Survivors and non abusing parents who have experienced child and/or sexual abuse
- Self harm
- A known or sense of trauma
- Health problems
- Work problems
- Life events causing difficulties
- Fertility issues including living through IVF, stillbirth and miscarriage
- Young people
I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and work under their guidelines and Ethical Framework.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer an initial appointment of 30 minutes with the fee of £20 where you can see whether you feel that you want us to work together. If you feel comfortable and decide you want to extend this to a full 50 minute session the fee then changes to £40.
Subsequent sessions are £40 for each 50 minute session, once a week at an agreed time.
My practice is based just outside Long Crendon in a discreet office space with free parking next to it. My room is warm, welcoming and comfortable. I currently have daytime availability so please do get in touch to discuss appointment times.
Whilst I understand that life can change our plans at the last minute I request 24 hours notice of session cancellation. Without this notice I charge a full session fee of £40 to cover my costs.
Reduced rates for students are available - please get in touch to discuss this.
Fees can be paid via BACS or by cash or cheque.
Please contact me if you have other needs or questions which you feel are not explained here.