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BA (Hons), Dip. Therapeutic Couns, MBACP

About me

Sometimes people feel the need to seek a change in their lives. 

When that happens, it can help to have someone to talk to, someone who is there just for you – whose focus is on how you feel, and on what you want and need. Someone who will listen to what you say; and work together with you on whatever issues you want to address.

As an "integrative" counsellor (drawing on elements from many different types of therapy), I work with clients to find the approach that best suits who they are now, and where they want to be in the future.

There can be many different reasons for thinking about working with a counsellor:

  • It might be because you feel out of control, and don’t seem to have the personal resources to be able to stop feeling overwhelmed, anxious or stressed by events. 
  • Maybe you feel as if important relationships just aren't working properly, leading you to feel lonely, distant or isolated – perhaps the people closest to you can't understand how you are feeling, or else you don't want to burden them with what you are going through. 
  • Possibly you are feeling sad or depressed, unable to participate in other people’s, apparent, lightness and happiness. 
  • You might be feeling personally unfulfilled – everyone else’s lives seem to be so much more contented than your own, and you feel like you’re missing out on something.
  • Maybe you are experiencing feelings of loss – such as grief over the death of someone close to you; or pain at the end of a relationship or career. 
  • Or there might be some behaviour or habit you feel you wish to change; or perhaps you want to understand yourself better.

Whatever the reason is for your search today, you will want to know that the counsellor you decide to meet with is professionally trained, ethical and experienced, as well as approachable, empathetic and compassionate. 

As a qualified counsellor, and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I work to provide such support in an open, calm and non-judgemental way – either in person (from a professional and convenient location in Wells, with free parking always available nearby and the Wells Bus Station just a one-minute walk away) or remotely (online or over the phone) – all with flexible appointment times.

Finding a counsellor that you can work with sometimes takes a few tries, and it's important that you find someone you can build a good working relationship with. If you'd like any more information about me or how I practice, please, feel free to call or email me – I am only too happy to answer any of your questions. Thank you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Ongoing professional development
  • Certificate of Proficiency from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education
  • BA Hons in Humanities

I have regular professional supervision and follow the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

As well as private practice, I have also worked, for the last 2 1/2 years, as a counsellor in the voluntary sector, with Cruse Bereavement Support - working with individuals affected by grief and loss.

Before training as a counsellor, I worked for thirty years as a teacher and trainer.

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

£45.00 per 50-minute session (in-person, online or phone)

  • Initial free half-hour consultation by phone (to get to know each other and to give you an opportunity to feel if I might be the right person for you to work with)
  • First full session (also £45) can be up 1 hour and 20 minutes (to allow time for you to talk through any issues you want to; to discuss how we might work together; and to go through the information sheet and contract) 

I can offer reduced rates/concessions for some clients – we can talk about this during the initial free consultation phone call. 

Fees can be paid by cash or bank transfer.

Wells, Somerset, BA5

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone