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About me

Most of us (myself included) seem to spend much of our time thinking (or perhaps more accurately worrying) about our past, or envisioning our futures. The difficult truth however is that in actuality the only genuine experience of life we can have is here, now, in the present moment. When we talk about our thoughts, our relationship to them changes. You are and can only possibly ever be the greatest expert on you. My role is simply to listen with compassion and (as far as possible) without judgement and perhaps help you to hear yourself differently, in the “safe space” of a confidential and (when it works) unique relationship.

My approach is to be led by you in terms of what you want to discuss, and how you want to discuss it. I have been trained in a large variety of methodologies, but be advised that I am NOT in the business of telling you what to do! I believe that you have the capacity within yourself for change and healing and it’s my job to simply facilitate that process.

I know how it feels to come into Counselling. As someone who has experienced Anxiety and Depression in the wake of adult-onset disability, I appreciate how difficult it can be to both accept that help is needed, and then have the courage to take the next step and start discussing thoughts and feelings relating to private aspects of your life; I'm here for you. Your first 30 minute session with me is FREE, so you can see whether or not you think I'm the right person for you.  Please get in touch.

Training, qualifications & experience

Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited), Level 1 and 2 Person Centred Therapy (CPCAB), Transactional Analysis 101,  TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health

I have worked in a variety of settings, including in General Adult practice, with 11-18 year olds in Secondary School environments, and with Adults in Higher Education.  Currently I see clients for Plymouth University.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

As someone who has personally experienced adult-onset Hearing Loss and ME/CFS, I feel like I have some insight into the mental health implications of illness and disability and hope I can be of positive benefit to those who have undergone or are undergoing similar experiences.  

Fees

From £15.00 to £30.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I believe that, especially at the moment, professional support for mental well being should not just be available to those who can afford it, but to anyone who feels like they need it. To that end, whilst my standard rate is £30 per hour, this is negotiable depending on your circumstances; Please get in touch to talk about this (I will not ask for confidential  or private financial information).  

I also offer potential clients a free 30 minute session so you can see whether or not you feel our time together will be helpful to you. You can book this via the "Book Intro Call" button at the top of the page.  

I understand how expensive a business training to become a Counsellor can be, and offer discounts  (after my initial free introductory session) and welcome students making contact to discuss my approach, my rates etc.

All counselling is offered online at present.

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Further information

“Change is the only constant in life”, Heraclitus, 80 BC


Most of us (myself included) seem to spend much of our time thinking (or perhaps more accurately worrying) about our past, or envisioning our futures. The difficult truth however is that in actuality the only genuine experience of life we can have is here, now, in the present moment. When we talk about our thoughts, our relationship to them changes. At best, we can come to see that however bad things may appear, our thoughts do not define us, and that by reflecting on our relationship with them, we might begin to see our relationship with the outside world very differently.


Change can be scary but it is also inevitable. Reconciling ourselves to this fundamental reality, and accepting that often what constitutes the perceived “truths” about ourselves and others are not specific events or situations themselves but our feelings about them, is immensely liberating. This, for me, is the function of counselling. You are and can only possibly ever be the greatest expert on you. My role is simply to listen with compassion and (as far as possible) without judgement and perhaps help you to hear yourself differently, in the “safe space” of a confidential and (when it works) unique relationship.

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change”, Carl Rogers, 1951


I know how it feels to come into Counselling. As someone who has experienced Anxiety and Depression in the wake of a serious adult-onset disability, I appreciate how difficult it can be to both accept that help is needed, and then have the courage to take the step and start discussing thoughts and feelings relating to private aspects of your life with a complete stranger. I have a background in teaching and education, and over the course of my training, I have worked with young people in a variety of schools, with students of all age ranges in College and Universities, and with adults in other settings.


My approach is to be led by you in terms of what you want to discuss, and how you want to discuss it. I have been trained in a large variety of methodologies, but be advised that I am NOT in the business of telling you what to do! I believe, as stated previously, that you have the capacity within yourself for change and healing and it’s my job as I see it to facilitate that process, not to give you easy answers, because new solutions and perspectives will always have to come from you to work.


“Nobody can stand truth if it is told to him. Truth can be tolerated only if you discover it yourself because then, the pride of discovery makes the truth palatable”, Fritz Perls, 1951


I believe that, especially at the moment, this kind of support should not just be available to those who can afford it, but to anyone who feels like they need it. To that end, whilst my standard rate is £25 per hour, this is negotiable depending on your circumstances; Please get in touch to talk about this (I will not ask for confidential or private financial information).


I also believe that however well trained a therapist may be, there is a unique “chemistry” within a relationship that is not premised on qualifications and skills, but is simply to do with how particular individuals “connect”. To this end, I also offer potential clients a free 30 minute session so you can see whether or not you feel our time together will be helpful to you. In order to keep my charged to a minimum, I work with online (via Zoom) or on the phone. My experience of using this medium for over a year with clients now is once you get used to it, there is a degree of comfort and familiarity inherent in “broadcasting” from your own space that can significantly enhance the process. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any further questions or would like more information on any aspect of my service.


“Reality is not so much what happens to us; rather, it is how we think about those events that create the reality we experience. In a very real sense, this means that we each create the reality in which we live”, Albert Ellis, 1965

Callington, Cornwall, PL17

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