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From over 22 years experience as a BACP Accredited counsellor, 15 years as a supervisor and trainer, working privately and with organisations, I have developed 4 guiding principles as a way of working:-
Recognising your many dimensions - Together, you and I pay attention to what you think, feel and do, and who you are in body, mind and spirit, whatever that might mean to you. While you may well feel stuck at this moment in your life, in fact, one of our aims together will be to help you rediscover some of your own resourcefulness and wisdom.
Being non-judgemental - My role is not to act as a judge but to offer you a safe space. Our task is to explore and find a healing response to what you find most difficult in your life. Working like this together is based on a deep sense of mutual respect, and an acknowledgement of how hard it is to talk about what truly troubles us. Exploring what makes you feel vulnerable is a sign of strength!
Being Creative and Dynamic - Finding how to be happier in your life means that you need to be able to explore new thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Our sessions provide an ideal space for this. We can draw on a wide range of ideas and techniques to find what’s best for you. You can take what has been most helpful to you from our sessions, and use and expand upon that learning in your day to day life.
Being open to learning- Part of my role is to help you acquire new knowledge and skills. This can be an especially important and valuable element if you come as a couple to work with me. Through the counselling process people often become aware of fixed ways of being and rigid thinking patterns and begin to move toward an open mindedness that embraces change.
From my training and substantial experience in using different counselling approaches. in discussion with you, we find approaches which best suit you and your situation..
I also enjoy working as a supervisor and supporting other professionals practice, whether as trainees or highly experienced.
I work in Penzance and Truro.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
BACP Accredited Counsellor (Since 1998)
Certificate in Supervision.
I have 25 years experience, counselling in private practice, the health service and with employee assistance providers. I have trained counsellors as Counselling Programme Lead for 15 years in Guildford and Cornwall College. I have supervised counsellors in different settings including the addiction field.
I have experience counselling people with a range of issues, around and including: relationship issues, depression, anxiety, stress, anger management, trauma, sexual orientation, confidence, self-esteem, decision making, communicating with others, and many other of life's difficulties, large and small.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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
My fees are £45 per session (£50 for couples) with some concessions for those on low income or students.Therapy sessions are one hour long.
When I work
Weekdays 9-5pm. Some early evening and Saturday morning availability
I offer short or long term counselling depending on your needs.
I work from premises in Truro and Penzance.