How do I choose a counsellor?
I understand what a difficult step it can be to seek counselling and to find the right counsellor. I will aim to support you in your decision. I will listen carefully to your concerns and will let you know if I have the appropriate skills and training to meet your needs.
What Happens First?
We would meet for an initial session to explore what has brought you to counselling and what you want help with, completing a collaborative assessment. Should you choose to work with me, we would then discuss how long you want us to work together. This can be shorter or longer term and will be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure your needs are being met. I will always aim to respect your autonomy.
How I work and what to expect from me
I am a relational, integrative/psychodynamic counsellor, which means I draw upon various psychological theories and skills, whilst keeping our relationship central. I understand the role the unconscious can play in how we relate with others. I offer a safe space and relationship to bring your issues and to help you gain understanding and find expression.
I will always aim to work at your pace and respect what you choose to bring to therapy. I aim to be non judgemental, empathic and real with you. I believe you have the answers within yourself to your issues and I work with you to help you find those answers. I aim to work inclusively regardless of culture, race, creed, gender and sexual orientation. The goal of our work would be dependent on what you bring to therapy but this does not have to be clear to you.
Outcomes of therapy might be:
To help clients to gain insight and understanding into their life and relationships. To help clients to process losses, to feel better about themselves and find healthier ways of managing emotions or difficulties that brought them to therapy.
I worked in the NHS for many years. I worked in an educational setting.
I am a registered member of the BACP and I adhere to their ethical framework. I have experience working with younger and older adults. I have undertaken additional training to work online and over the telephone. I also offer face to face work (safety measures apply). I am fully insured and am registered with the ICO for data protection purposes.
Please contact me for a free initial consultation or to make an appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative) at Spurgeon's College
- Certificate in Online Counselling and Telephone Counselling
- Registered General Nurse
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
£45 per 50 minute