So you're looking into counselling. How do you decide who will be a good counsellor for you? Qualifications, experience, location, price are just a few things to consider. Yet research shows one key factor is the "fit" between client and counsellor.
I have 13 years of experience counselling a wide range of clients with many different challenges (addictions, relationship conflicts, stress...) but perhaps what I see most frequently is some combination of anxiety and/or depression. Which really isn't a surprise when 1 in 5 in the UK experience some form of anxiety or depression each year.
Are you anxious, depressed, or both? Is that something you are looking for some help with?
No one therapeutic approach has been able to meet every client's need. That's why my approach is best described as Integrative. Which means I make use of a number of different approaches, techniques, and theories, guided by that which would serve you best, rather than trying to make you fit into a neat little box.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be as effective as medication for mild and moderate depression. In addition to CBT, I
Clients have commented regularly that they appreciate my relaxed approach, which focuses on what their concerns are, as well as the insight they gain from sessions.
What typically happens:
- After you contact me we pick a time that works for both of us
- At my office we take a few minutes to go over the primary goal and concerns you would like to address
- we fill out a page or so of paperwork covering the basics of confidentiality, fee, objectives, a quick check to assess if there are depression, addiction, or other pressing issues in addition to the goals of counselling
- when we wrap up the session we take a minute to assess how the session went, what could be improved and if/when we would book another session.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Master's degree in counselling where I trained in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have years of experience in Solution Focussed and CBT
Additionally, I have a certificate in Focussing which is a psychotherapeutic approach which practices non-judgemental attention to an internal knowing which has yet to be articulated. It can help bring clarity to feeligs, identify what you want, create new insights, and accelerate healing.
Further to this, I have trained in Prepare Enrich which is an assessment tool that offers a research-based structure for working with couples, to help them grow in their relationship.
My experience with CBT is particularly helpful for clients with anxiety and depression. CBT has been shown to be as effective as medication with moderate depression.
One additional training is worth mentioning. The Client Directed Outcome Informed (CDOI) approach is designed to provide an effective and efficient way to personalize the counselling sessions to address each clients' needs.
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
Please email for session fee
The session is 50 min with you, and about 10 min given to notes, reflection, and any plans for the following sessions, after you have left.
Payment methods accepted are cash, cheque, or bank transfer
for quickest response please EMAIL as I regularly am not able to answer my mobile
Afternoon, Evening and Weekend appointments available
Does coaching and counselling work?
You shouldn't have to guess, nor should it be up to the professional to determine whether you are improving.
To ensure that your needs are being met:
I use of a well researched international 1 minute evaluation at the beginning and end of each session. This information provides real-time feedback on the benefit and value of the sessions.
I believe that neither the clients nor the counsellors should have to guess about whether the sessions are helping.
In less than two minutes per session we can be clear about what;s working and what isn't, and whether your money is getting the return you deserve. No guesswork.