I have extensive experience of working therapeutically with both young people and adults - including couples work and as an approved counsellor for trainees.
Embarking on counselling can be a daunting process. I offer a safe and supportive environment for you to explore your feelings.
Your emotional well-being is important. Particularly at points of transition (such as adolescence, parenthood, break-down in relationships, career change, illness and bereavement) life can often be difficult to cope with. Having the time and space to be heard can be helpful in finding a way forward.
As a trained psychodynamic counsellor, I work with your past and present experiences. Together we will look at how this links with your conscious and unconscious thoughts and behaviour to make sense of current feelings and relationships. Sessions are confidential, and you will always be listened to with respect and without discrimination. The therapeutic relationship is based upon acceptance, empathy and positive regard with an emphasis on developing a good working alliance that fosters trust and encourages new ways of understanding.
Individual counselling sessions are 50 minutes long and conducted on a weekly basis. This may be fixed-term (brief) therapy or longer-term (open-ended) therapy, dependent upon your needs.
I always offer an initial consultation to discuss your reasons for seeking counselling. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions and raise any concerns about the therapeutic process. We will discuss your needs for counselling at this time and how these would best be met.
Training, qualifications & experience
Bsc (hons) Psychology - Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS)
PG Dip Psychodynamic Counselling - Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP)
PG Dip Person-centred Counselling
Diploma in Life Coaching
Certificate Solution-focused therapy
As well as my private practice, I am a Valley Trust counsellor, having worked in secondary schools and currently with younger children.
Some counselling hours are given to Macmillan Cancer Support and the South East Coast Ambulance Service.
Prior to that I was a counsellor and clinical assessor at Sutton Counselling Service for adults.
Whilst working for Youth Counselling Services (NHS), I was responsible for the management and implementation of Peer Support in schools across Surrey and actively involved in the promotion of emotional literacy and well-being. I have also set-up and delivered school counselling services.
I am an elected member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS) and an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP). As such, I am bound by their Code of Conducts and Guidelines on Ethics and Code of Practice. I also hold professional indemnity insurance and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance.
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
Initial assessment: up to 75mins - £50
Ongoing therapy: 50mins - £50 per session
Couples therapy: up to 75 mins - £70 per session
Tuesday from 4pm,
Wednesday from 3pm,
Friday 2 & 3pm
I work from home in a quiet location in St John's, Redhill - bordering Reigate - within easy reach of Redhill and Earlswood railway stations. Parking available.