At times we may experience difficult emotions which we struggle to control. We may know why, or it may be a mystery to us. Wrestling with these feelings may give rise to anxiety or feeling withdrawn and low. We may also have long-standing difficulties, stemming from past experiences, that constrain our lives and compromise our relationships. Abuse, bullying and neglect can have a deep and lasting impact on our emotional wellbeing. These emotional difficulties can affect many aspects of life including sexuality, relationships, family, work, diet and physical health.
The opportunity to express yourself in this way can be beneficial in itself. Counselling also aims to facilitate an understanding of how our feelings are connected to our experiences, our circumstances and our expectations. In essence, counselling is a relationship that provides a platform for understanding yourself and bringing about positive changes.
Following a brief introductory phone call, I find it beneficial to have an initial consultation where we can work together to figure out whether counselling is appropriate, and also whether you feel comfortable working with me.
There’s no obligation to proceed beyond this point. If we do decide to work together, whether for a short time or in an open-ended manner, we can review our progress regularly.
If we agree to continue beyond our first consultation, we’ll meet weekly at the same time and on the same day of the week for a 50-minute session. I am also able to offer twice-weekly sessions if preferred.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).
I hold a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from The Counselling Centre, a BACP accredited training institution with over 30 years of experience.
My training and primary orientation is psychodynamic and I work to the BACP's Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and Professional Conduct Procedures.
In addition to private practice, I work in the counselling service of North Kent Mind and I am committed to continuous professional development through additional training.
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
£50 per session.
I am also able to offer twice-weekly sessions if preferred.