It can take a great deal of courage to talk to someone about your private thoughts and feelings. If you decide to work with me I will offer you:
- Warmth, kindness and freedom from judgement
- A compassionate focus on your strengths
- Help to find alternative ways of looking at your situation
- A challenge to self-defeating thoughts and beliefs
Who am I?
I am a counsellor, supervisor and trainer in private practice. Prior to becoming a counsellor I spent over 25 years’ experience working in social care, largely in the field of mental health. In recent years I have been a tutor with Devon Counselling College specialising in diversity issues and for three years I managed South Devon Carers’ Consortium's Counselling for Carers service. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and can be found on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapist. I have considerable experience as a counselling client.
The issues I work with
I work with individual adults, couples and young people aged 14 and over. I’ve worked with people who have faced a wide range of issues, including:
- Relationship difficulties
- Low self-esteem
- Sexual orientation and gender identity issues
- Being a carer
- Family problems
- Affairs and betrayals
- Sexual issues
How I work
I am an integrative, humanistic counsellor.
As an integrative counsellor I use my knowledge of a range of counselling theories and techniques to tailor an approach that works for you.
My humanistic approach derives from a fundamental belief that we all have an innate drive towards health and well-being, the capacity to take control of our lives and to make positive changes. Sometimes however we can get ‘stuck’, troubled by feeling that we don’t have control or can’t change our situation. That’s where my role as a counsellor comes in - to get alongside you and to help you to get back on track.
As a BACP member I undertake to work in accordance with a rigorous ethical framework. This gives you assurance about the standards that I work to, and safety in the knowledge that I am accountable for the quality of my work.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Supervision
Certificate in Couples Counselling
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP accredited)
Certificate of Higher Education in Psychodynamic Counselling
Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Skills
MA Sociolinguistics and Language Variation
BA (Hons) Drama and English
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
Each counselling session last for one hour, unless we have previously arranged otherwise.
£20 is my charge for an initial session.
£40 is my standard charge for subsequent sessions.
£20 is my charge for an initial session
£45 is my standard charge for subsequent sessions
I believe firmly that an inability to pay standard counselling fees should not be a barrier to a person receiving counselling - but I balance this belief against my need to earn a living. I therefore offer reduced fees to a maximum of six clients at any one time. If I do not have a reduced fee space when you contact me and you would like to start work with me when one becomes available I will gladly add your name to a waiting list.