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I'm an experienced BACP-registered counsellor offering phone and online counselling to adults from anywhere in the UK.
I provide a friendly, professional and easy-to-use service supporting people affected by:
- chronic illness/long-term health conditions (including M.E. and "long-haul" Covid-19)
- addiction (including gambling, drug, alcohol, pornography, and sex addiction)
- anxiety & stress
- panic attacks
- low confidence/self-esteem
- loneliness/social isolation
- relationship/family/work difficulties
- difficult transitions
- spiritual/existential crisis
While some people prefer traditional face-to-face counselling, online technology like Skype has made counselling available to more people. Most kinds of personal issues can be addressed just as effectively through online counselling. Online appointments offer clients greater flexibility. Some people find it easier to 'open up' online and the duration of appointments can more easily be tailored to suit clients' needs. Online counselling is invaluable to people who are disabled or housebound, allowing access to counselling without having to travel. Online counselling is also ideal for those who have busy work schedules or domestic lives without much free-time. Clients can have online counselling from their workplace or home - or wherever there is a good Wi-Fi signal and sufficient privacy.
Whether you're suffering from poor mental/physical health & well-being, or are overwhelmed by problems that you feel unable to cope with on your own, a counselling relationship can help you to understand what you're going through and bring about the change you desire. Counselling can also benefit people who simply wish to focus on personal development.
I'm a person-centred practitioner. This is a humanistic approach to counselling based on the understanding that we all have within us the resources to live as fully as we can. At times we lose connection with these resources. One way to re-connect with them is through a relationship that is genuine, non-directive and free from judgement.
I offer a warm and collaborative counselling relationship where clients can openly explore their concerns and increase their understanding of themselves. In turn, clients can move from feeling distressed and confused to a place of greater clarity and confidence.
I offer short-term and long-term counselling, by phone & Skype. My fee is £45 per full-length session (50 mins). Shorter appointments are charged at the rate of £1 per min, e.g. £15 for 15 mins; £30 for 30 mins etc.
Please feel free to contact me for a free, no-obligation consultation so you can decide whether I provide the sort of service you need.
I can be contacted by email or on 07907 459901. If I'm unable to answer, please text me a message and I will return your call as soon as possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a person-centred counsellor between 2005-2008. Between 2005-2006 I studied for Counselling Skills NVQ levels 1, 2 & 3 at City College, Brighton; and between 2006-2008 I took my Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (FdSc) at Brighton University. I also have a BA and MA in English which pre-date my counselling qualification.
I'm a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
My work is supported by regular supervision and I'm committed to continued professional and personal development.
As well as seeing clients privately, I worked for Gamcare in Brighton for 8 years, helping people who are affected by problem gambling. Alongside my counselling work, I also worked with older people at Age UK Brighton & Hove for sixteen years. Other interests which inform my work include chronic illness (particularly ME), literature, Buddhism and meditation.
I developed ME in 2010 and am keenly aware of the difficulties sufferers of this debilitating multi-system disease face. I don't try to encourage ME patients to engage in harmful graded exercise therapy, nor do I attempt to convince them they are suffering from 'false illness beliefs'.
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
Living with chronic illness
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)
The Ageing process
Services and Administration
I work with clients by Skype & phone.
Times and Prices
Counselling sessions last for 50 minutes. Shorter appointments can be arranged for Skype/phone sessions if required. Sessions are usually held on a weekly basis. I work with clients on both a long- and short-term basis. The decision to end counselling at any point remains with the client.
The initial phone consultation is free, then the fee is £45 per session. Shorter Skype/phone appointments can be arranged and are charged at a rate of £1 per minute, e.g. £15 for 15 mins or £30 for 30 mins. Payment for Skype/phone sessions can be made by BACS transfer before each appointment.
There is no charge if more than 24 hours notice is given. Emergencies can, of course, be negotiated.
The counselling relationship is confidential. This means that I do not disclose any information you share with me to anyone else, except in the following circumstances:
As part of my ongoing professional development, I attend regular supervision and sometimes explore issues arising out of a counselling relationship with my supervisor. At such times I take care to protect the anonymity of my clients.
There are also certain legal circumstances in which a counsellor is obliged or encouraged to consider breaching confidentiality. If you are concerned about these, I am happy to discuss them with you.
Weekdays, mostly day-time, some early evenings
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I can usually offer new clients an appointment the following week, and sometimes sooner.
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile.