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MSc MBACP(Accred)

About me

If you are having problems in your life, finding the space and time to understand them is often difficult. I can help with this, providing you a confidential place to talk through the things worrying you.
Everyone is unique; each person’s situation different. I will work with you, helping you to understand your feelings and thoughts about what is proving difficult. From this you will have the opportunity to look at things differently.
I can help you explore how you came to be who you are. Together we can find out what has influenced your life, the things you like and dislike about yourself. So that you can decide what you might want to change and how this might be done.
The counselling I provide will give you a safe place to do this.
I am a registered and accredited member of BACP and follow their ethical framework. I work in an integrative way, bringing ideas from attachment theory; transactional analysis and cognitive behavioural therapy into a person centred approach that will help you find a way of understanding yourself in a language that feels right for you.

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Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked with people experiencing difficulties with their thoughts and feelings in many different situations. I am a highly qualified and experienced counsellor, working with individuals and couples on a wide range of issues.

I qualified as a counsellor in 2009 and started my Private Practice in 2011. Prior to this I had been working as a counsellor in a charitable agency supporting people with mental health issues.

In 2012 I was awarded an MSc in Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Greenwich. During which I studied a number of different theories in great depth and produced a dissertation upon the meaning of insecurity.

Some of my experience comes from the 20 years of work I did with young single homeless people and those that try to help them. I worked in staff management positions from 1990 until 2007 and have a great deal of experience of coaching and motivating people to be the best they can at the things they are doing.

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

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Fees

£50.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • AXA PPP
  • Health Assured

Additional information

£50 per session.
I have appointment times available for clients during the day and in the evenings.

When I work

I am available during the day and most evenings, my last appointment finishes at 21:20.

Further information

My office has free parking nearby and is easily accessible by bus or on foot.

Grays, Essex, RM16

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom