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Availability (last updated – Fri 4th Feb): At present, availability is limited. However, please do contact me if (1) you are a prospective adult client with availability on a Monday or Tuesday morning, or (2) you are a parent or carer and a local school or college has suggested you contact me. I will update my availability as and when this changes.
If you’re looking at this directory page because you’re looking for support, well done: to have started looking is an important and often a brave step.
Whether you end up meeting with me for counselling, with another counsellor, or receiving other help, please be assured that support is out there. There are as many reasons for accessing counselling as there are people - but there are a number of common themes: these include persistent low mood, anxiety, life changes, relationship problems, and personal development (being the best you can be). An initial conversation with a counsellor - with no obligation to continue in therapy after this first meeting - can be a good way of bringing your concerns into focus, and getting a sense of whether counselling could help.
I wish you well with your search for appropriate help and support, and I look forward to hearing from you if you decide to contact me. I am able to offer phone, Zoom or 'in person' sessions to new clients, and am open to a no-obligation chat about how this can best meet your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
I gained my Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Counselling from Fareham College, Hampshire in 2004, following four years' part-time study, a practice placement etc.
Since then, I have worked - both in counselling and in pastoral leadership roles - in youthwork charities, mainstream and special schools, Children's Centres etc (full details on request, or at my website). I have undertaken post-qualification training, and have also been involved in training other professionals, incl. Metropolitan Police officers involved in community liaison work.
I have a first degree in English Literature, and review books for Therapy Today and Private Practice magazines. I maintain a lively interest in literature and the arts; my latest feature article on what counsellors and therapists can learn from 'Coming of Age' cinema will appear in the June edition of the CYPF Journal (published by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).
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
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
worry, preoccupation, low mood, feeling empty, feeling directionless, feeling dissatisfied, stress, feeling stressed, family concerns, family decisions, teenagers, adolescence, school, college, university, school refusal, friendship issues, life decisions, men's issues, fatherhood, identity issues, life stage issues, midlife crisis, work stress, retirement, LGBT issues, personal development, self-awareness, social media, social media pressures, grandparents, grandparent issues, grandparent as main carer, friendship politics, intergenerational issues
From £38.00 to £45.00
Concessions offered for
My usual fee is £10 for the first telephone or online counselling session (which gives you a no-obligation chance to meet me and to find out if I'm someone you'd feel comfortable to work with on your concerns).
My standard fee is £10 for first appointments, £42 for each subsequent appointment if meeting via Zoom, or £45 face-to-face. I may be able to offer a reduction if you are unwaged or low-waged, or a counselling student in training - please enquire.
When I work
I am currently offering counselling by phone, via Zoom or in person from premises in Street, Somerset.
Availability: Regular sessions are available on Tuesday mornings or on Fridays.
Appointments can take place via telephone or Zoom. If you live or work close to Street, Somerset, you may also wish to attend appointments face-to-face (suitable safeguards are in place to reduce coronavirus risk).
My standard fee is £10 for first appointments, £42 for each subsequent appointment if meeting via Zoom, or £45 face-to-face. A first appointment allows you to talk with me about what leads to your interest in counselling, and may help you decide if you would wish to attend further sessions. I may be able to offer a reduction if you are unwaged or low-waged, or facing financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus crisis.
I am also able to offer deferred payment options to new clients for sessions during December and January, to help manage costs at this often expensive time.