I understand how hard the first step can be to ask for help, sometimes you just want to be heard and feel listened too ....you may be feeling depressed, anxious, angry, or frustrated with moving your life forward....You may be feeling confused, and unsure about where your life is heading........
I can help you become stronger and find new ways of coping, whilst understanding yourself, and others around you.
You are a unique person, and by reading how I can help, you have already began your unique journey of recovery understanding and healing, taking that important first step is about taking back control over your life’s challenging, difficult and distressing times.
I aim to make myself available and open to engage you in a relationship which will develop new capacities of thought for you, personal growth and understanding.
You need to feel confident that who you choose to help you, is appropriately trained and qualified, and is someone who you feel comfortable with, and can trust.
I am a qualified integrative counsellor, and have extensive experience working in the private, and public sector. I provide therapy to people from all different walks of life, and have helped people come to terms with difficult life events, and gain a clearer understanding of themselves, enabling them to make positive changes and move forward in their life.
I have a warm, positive and practical down to earth approach, providing a blend of therapy approaches, tailoring the therapy to you as an individual. Using different approaches appropriately and at the right time will enable you to quickly start to gain benefit from the therapy process.
I have helped people with a wide range of problems,such as Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Bereavement or loss, or because they are going through a difficult time and finding life a struggle to cope with or to see things clearly.
I provide counselling for couples and relationships, helping people move forward as individuals as well as in their relationship as an intimate couple. I also provide relationship counselling for families, responding to requests to develop new ways of relating to each other. When I meet a couple for the first time, I aim to engage in a productive and enhancing way, listening and tailoring my approach to enable them to make the right step towards leading a more satisfied resourceful life.
I aim to provide a safe and comfortable environment, which is private and confidential where you can relax and take time out from your life to explore and discuss the concerns that are troubling you. Sometimes I may offer you a different perspective, or suggestion that enables a deeper exploration of the issue or the challenge you are dealing with, which sometimes provides a point for self-reflection encouraging clearer understanding and change to start!
I aim to help you by increasing your resilience, understanding, and self - belief whilst identifying and cultivating your inner resources and strengths that may have become depleted by negative life experiences.
You have the right to choose more resourceful beliefs that are not limiting you in moving forward in your life, and I believe you don’t have to be stuck with unresourceful beliefs that are no longer working for you.
Just start to Imagine, by exploring how different your life could be, start to believe that you can create a life you want, and then start to do so..Benjamin Disraeli once said 'There is no happiness without action'
There is an abundance of life paths for you to create and follow, aiming for you to move forward in your life, it would be a privilege to work with you.
I look forward to meeting you…..
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
I have additional membership to the BACP Sub divisions: Coaching
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling – 2001
Graduate Diploma in Counselling - 2000
Continuous Professional Development
Advanced Post Diploma Certificate in Person Centred Couples Training
Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming January 2012
Anger, Rage and Relationship Training - October 2011
Positive Psychology Masterclass - 2011
Certificate in Personal Coaching Event – 2011
Male Rape Matters
Working Creatively with Young People
Working with Young People in Distress
Post and Pre-termination Pregnancy Counselling Course
Post Qualifying Certificate in Counselling children and young people training
Qualified in 2001 as an Integrative Counsellor, blends different approaches, as I believe that there is not one single therapeutic approach that can meet the needs of every client.I select different approaches and theories to enable a person to move forward in their lives.
In my blend of approaches I incorporate coaching, positive psychology, NLP and help develop strategies which provide a powerful and enhancing catalyst enabling people to move forward, at the right time for them.
Each year as part of my professional development I attend additional training to ensure my skills and practice are up to date. I am currently working towards BACP accreditation.
I have monthly supervision to ensure that my practice is safe and ethical.
Voluntary sector – Counsellor for clients undertaking a Drug Rehabilitation Programme, dealing with Addictions such as Drug misuse, or alcohol misuse.
Voluntary sector - Counsellor for women and men that have experienced domestic violence.
Worked as a counsellor in NHS settings – GP Practices. I have provided counselling to people that require Anger Management, aiming to help them find new ways of managing and understanding why they are using anger in life situations, and start to learn new ways of expressing themselves as well as understanding the underlying causes to their anger.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Relationship Coaching for singles and couples
Individuals = £45.00 per hour
Couples Counselling: £55 per hour.
Couples sessions can be booked for 1hour or 90 mins, depending on the couples requirements. Fee will be calculated accordingly.
APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE 5 DAYS A WEEK
The Happiness Concern
I decided to call my practice The Happiness Concern as I think this reflects the blend of counselling and coaching approaches I use. Blending together the practical and dynamic approach of coaching, NLP which stands for Neuro-Linguistic-Programming, and positive psychology, alongside the caring and reparative healing approach of counselling.
I am passionate about enabling people to find their own life of happiness that is sustaining and lasting, helping them move forward, in a practical and real way. The Happiness Concern ethos is to help people have the internal resources, choices and confidence to move forward in their life.