I understand that seeking and engaging with counselling or psychotherapy can be daunting. Perhaps a particular life event or a series of challenges have led to this moment...
My aim is always to smooth and soothe any fears and invite clients to take that important step towards personal insight and healing. My hope is always that those facing difficulty, crisis or uncertainty will experience a safe space to explore without judgement and emerge better equipped and empowered to once again manage and enjoy their lives.
I am a fully trained Humanistic counsellor and psychotherapist working in the Portsmouth area. My particular areas of specialism are bereavement (such as loss of a child or family member, relationship breakdown, redundancy and health) and anxiety. I also work with those facing depression and relationship problems and have wide experience with associated issues around drug and alcohol addiction and the challenges of early recovery from these.
I have worked for the NHS with clients struggling with anxiety and depression, for a bereavement counselling service and also have many years experience in the field of drug and alcohol addiction as well as early and long-term recovery. I currently work for Macmillan Cancer Support with patients experiencing end-of-life or change-to-life challenges.
Primarily a person-centred approach lies at the heart of my work but I consider the quality, safety and warmth of the therapeutic relationship as the most important aspects of my practice. I adapt and adjust to suit the individual, responding always with respect, compassion and consideration. I believe that clients are the most informed and attuned experts on themselves and always take my lead from that vital and valuable source of information and understanding.
My aim is to help empower clients to realise their potential, heal their emotional distress and find their way towards becoming the person they strive to be. It is a joy to witness the change and freedom experienced by clients with whom I have had the privilege to work.
I am a member of the Accredited Register of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and my work subscribes to the code of practice contained within that organisation's Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
For initial sessions I rent rooms in a pleasant private counselling practice in Southsea but longer term I see clients in my own home.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling (First class)
Dip Coun Level 5 Humanistic Counselling
CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
NOCN Level 3 Tackling Substance Abuse: Brief Interventions & Harm Reduction
Compassion-Focused Therapy Training (Level 5 Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service)
The Bereavement Counselling Charity Training (30 hours)
Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults Awareness (Simply Training & Development)
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have developed a deep understanding of the issues that accompany addiction However in my view it is also about solutions - ongoing recovery from the ravages of drug or alcohol dependency is essential in order to avert a return to the compulsive spiral of self-destruction. Attention to "what next" is critical and I have a comprehensive understanding of and respect for 12-step recovery programmes.
But it is never just about that one person. I am also widely experienced in working with those affected and afflicted by witnessing someone in the grip of active addiction. You need your own time and space to recover too...
My fees reflect my experience and training. Generally I charge £40 per session but this is always open to discussion and the length of time over which counselling is required.
Sometimes clients ask for help with a particular issue - the work is focused and often a few sessions can make the difference and empower the change needed. At other times, a slowly but solidly built therapeutic relationship enables deeper work with time to explore painful issues and carefully effect lasting change.
With many statutory bodies, lack of funding and organisational restraints can mean only short-term or brief therapy is available. Private practice provides an added and often vital freedom whereby the therapy can fit the need and the timeframe is individually and personally decided. It may be one of the best investments you ever made...