Hello, Life has been different over the last 18 months and I am aware that there is a lot of anxiety about things that are out of our control. I have many years experience of face to face work and have worked solely online during the past year, but am now back working face to face. My room is used solely for therapy and surfaces will be cleaned between sessions. I have risk assessed the premises and working to the Covid guidelines. I am continuing to offer online therapy, as I am aware that this suits some people and is easier to access for many.
I also offer walking therapy where we can use the natural environment during our sessions which are taken at an easy pace. I live in a rural area and there is plenty of walking available in quiet fields. I have a variety of routes to choose from. Walking therapy provides a place for the natural environment to become part of the therapeutic process. We will walk side by side. I am happy to discuss this more with you over the phone.
I am a friendly, approachable counsellor and I understand that starting counselling can feel difficult. I do my best to make you feel at ease and create a safe environment for you to explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviours. I have experience of working with depression, anxiety, phobias, relationship and family issues, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, emotional and physical abuse, gender violence, grief, loss, employment concerns, low self esteem and other mental health issues. I have extensive experience working within the NHS for GP surgeries
I offer confidential counselling in a non judgemental comfortable environment. My room is in a peaceful location and overlooks adjoining fields. There is off road parking at the property as well as parking on the road outside. It is on the number 58 bus route.
I understand that there can be confusion about feelings and thoughts and counselling offers you the opportunity to explore these to help you gain greater understanding of yourself.
I work integratively encompassing psychodynamic, person centred and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and Transactional Analysis and I am an accredited BACP counsellor.
I also have a diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and this approach can be very useful for helping you become more confident and successful in all areas of your life
I have worked in schools, a counselling agency offering long term therapy, a hospice and I currently work in GP surgeries. I also work with clients who have been referred for counselling via their Employee Assistance Programme, and other insurance providers such as Bupa and Axa
I can work creatively if we feel this would be helpful and use stones, mindmaps, and other forms of creative expression.
I can work short term or long term and we can discuss this between us. You are free to choose how many sessions you want and I am very flexible as to whether you would like weekly or fortnightly appointments. During our sessions, we will, between us, discuss how you are getting on and to check that you are still getting what you want from counselling.
I offer some concessionary rates for the unwaged and students, but only have a limited amount of these available at any one time.
Training, qualifications & experience
BTEC level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Level 3 Counselling Studies
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
CSCT Level 1, Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory
CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Substance Misuse
CPCAB Level 6 Certificate in Counselling Supervision
Solution Focused Therapy
Working with memories
Creative ways of working
Working with self harm
Working with anger
Working with self harm
Working with trauma
I have an enhanced CRB. I have also worked with young people as a youth worker.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I can see clients in both day and evening and on some Saturdays