I am a fully trained counsellor/psychotherapist who works with individuals, young people and couples having relationship problems. Most of my work in this area is done with individuals but sometimes with couples.
I trained at the University of Bristol completing Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma and Msc in counselling. My dissertation for the masters was on adoptees who search for a parent.
My counselling approach is person centred, humanistic and integrative, always trying to tailor my sessions around the person who is sitting there. I am versatile in trying to adapt to the needs of the person or couple I am with at the time. I try to see the whole person and to work together with them to come to an understanding of their problems. For me therapy includes looking at the persons life phases and the life experiences that have shaped their development until now.
What to expect during therapy:
Our first session is to establish how we can work together and to explore the approaches that best suit you the client. Depending on what we mutually decide our work can be short term or open-ended. The work is collaborative always jointly agreeing the strategies best suited to your needs. We will look to begin with at why you felt you needed help and what anxieties, worries or crises brought you to seek counselling. I try to create a safe space in which you can bring all your problems and concerns. These can often seem unsurmountable but therapy can be the place in which you discover and identify unthought of solutions.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate Counselling, University of Bristol
Post Grad.Diploma Counselling, University of Bristol
MSc.,Counselling, University of Bristol
Ten years in private counselling practice.
Three year one to one counselling individuals with learning disabilities.
Ten years living with and teaching children with learning disabilities.
Fourteen years life sharing with adults with learning difficulties.
Ten years teaching younger children.
Twenty two years lecturing in teacher training early years education.
Training in Quality Assurance for organisational 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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Negotiable £30 - £40
Cancellations, without twenty four hours notice, are charged