I provide a safe and containing space within which we can explore together any difficulties or concerns you may be experiencing. Often relationship difficulties (personal, family, work) can stem from past traumas which haven't been fully explored and integrated into adulthood. This can lead to problems in current relationships, the cause of these difficulties often operate out of awareness. Working integratively helps me to draw from different approaches/models according to your individual needs.
I provide short-term contracts where we can work together to help resolve pressing immediate issues. For clients who want to explore more in-depth emotional difficulties stemming from the past, I provide longer-term therapy. I use Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy where we will work at an in-depth level exploring your feelings, helping you to take responsibility for change and confronting where you might be resisting change.
I am also a fully qualified therapeutic Supervisor, working with both individuals and groups. I support trainee psychotherapists and counsellors as well as those who are fully accredited in their practice with ongoing issues and containment in their professional role. I work within the BACP ethical framework and am a Registered Accredited member of this organisation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Higher Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and am trained to work with Substance Misuse and their effects. My experience is in working with addictions, young people, families and mental health issues. I also work with a wide range of common life problems such as abuse, anxiety, anger management, bereavement and loss, depression, couples counselling, eating disorders, identity issues, family work, PTSD, self-esteem/confidence, self harm, trauma, separation, sexual issues, stress and work issues.
My professional development is on-going where I regularly add to my self-awareness, knowledge and skills. I have experience in Bereavement Counselling for adults and young people and work with Attachment and Loss issues and supporting those who have experienced trauma. I'm an Accredited Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and follow their Code of Ethical Practice. I have a Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Supervision and am also a Group Facilitator.
I also recognise the importance of the spiritual/religious/cultural aspects of the individual and hold in mind the transpersonal level of experience. I am trained in shamanic healing using drumwork and the medicine wheel. The power of the drum helps to clear blockages or locked-in trauma within the body. Visualisation and relaxation techniques are also a useful way of helping you to appreciate the journey within. Dreamwork is another very powerful tool which shows the unconscious processes which are ready to be worked on within therapy.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
We normally meet once a week, on the same day and time, each session usually lasting 50 minutes.
I charge for any missed session, whatever the reason, unless it can be rearranged, and if you have to take frequent breaks for business or similar reasons these too may be chargeable. Other occasional breaks are by agreement. I take a holiday at Christmas, Easter and in the summer.
My fee is agreed at our first meeting but remains negotiable, though subject to an increase annually. Fees are £45 per session, negotiable downwards within limits. I offer reduced fees for students, those on a limited income and trainee counsellors. Counselling/Psychotherapy can be open-ended, finishing when it feels right for you, or we may agree a time limit. This will be regularly reviewed.
As Counsellor and Client we enter into a formal contract with one another. I endeavour to help you to the best of my abilities, but cannot of course guarantee "results". I ask you to take responsibility for the changes, often significant, in your life and relationships and to apply yourself to meeting your goals.
At times therapy can be painful and difficult, which often indicates that it’s working. At other times you may feel stuck, when persistence is needed. It’s important that you raise and we explore such difficulties, as well as the issues that brought you to counselling.
Everything that passes between us is confidential with some exceptions. It is standard practice to consult my Supervisor/ other professionals to discuss how your counselling is progressing, gain other perspectives and ensure I'm giving you the best service. They will only know your initials and those details sufficient for our discussion.
If I believe you are in danger of significantly harming yourself or another I would discuss this with you but reserve the right and have the duty to inform your GP or another authority. For this reason I require details of your GP and for you to sign an information release form when counselling starts.
If you have been referred by your GP or a related professional it is standard practice for me to simply advise them that counselling has commenced. If you are a trainee counsellor then other exceptions might apply. I offer a non-discriminatory service so clients feel free to explore their issues regardless of their race, colour, ethnicity, age, disability, religious/cultural/spiritual beliefs, gender or sexual orientation.