Integrative Counsellor for Children (8-18) and Adults
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These are unusual times and there is more stress and anxiety than ever, sometimes it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Whatever your situation I can offer you an empathetic ear and a non-judgmental space to unload anything that’s on your mind. It can be long term problems that have been there all your life, a current crisis or maybe even a feeling that you want to change something but you're not sure what. Whatever you want to bring to sessions will be handled in a confidential, non-judgemental way and I aim to provide a safe and calm space in which you can explore your feelings and find a way forward.
I can work with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, stress and self-esteem. I am also a care worker working in a care home and I can use experience gained working in the care profession to help you talk through any issues involving care and support, including end of life and dementia.
Following initial contact from you, we can arrange an assessment over the telephone which will take about 30 minutes and is free of charge. We can also do this via video calling too. This will give me an idea of what you need help with, and allow you to see if I am the right counsellor for you.
Following this, we can begin sessions to explore your issue in more detail to develop an understanding of how it started and the impact it has had, or is still having, on your life. If you want to, we can agree a set number of sessions, or you can leave it open ended to finish when you feel the time is right.
I trained as a humanistic integrative counsellor, an approach which recognises that there are significant connections between all approaches to counselling. It accepts that different clients have different needs and believes that no single method is sufficient. The approaches that I draw on are the Person-centred approach, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis, and I am also trained in CBT.
I am back to working in person (subject to room availability), but I am also still available via video calling (Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp etc) or telephone.
I am qualified to work with adults, children and adolescents.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I work to their guidelines and code of ethics.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory
The Iron Mill - Post-qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children & Adolescents
CPCAB Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Supervision
Nine years experience as a Care and Support worker with elderly and disabled
Voluntary work at the YMCA
Voluntary work for Frontline 19, supporting people working at the frontline during the pandemic.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Living with and caring for someone with dementia.
End of life.
Single Session Therapy - this is a single session of therapy that focuses on a specific issue. This way of working is not suitable for all issues, especially where trauma is involved. Having one session does not mean that you cannot have further sessions if the need arises, and sometimes a single session can be used to explore whether longer term therapy is needed.
From £30.00 to £40.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Assessment by phone - 20-30 minutes and is free.
Assessment in person - 30 minutes charged at £10.00
All other sessions whether in person, telephone or online will be 50 minutes and charged at £40 (unless a concessionary rate has been agreed).
When I work
Mondays & Thursdays Bude, 9am - 5pm.
Tuesdays - online or phone 9am to 7pm.
Wednesdays and Fridays Bideford, 9am - 7pm.
Online/phone can be any day. I can also do evenings online/phone.
Mondays and Thursdays - Bude, sessions available from 9:00am. Last session 4:00pm to 5:00pm.
Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Fridays - Bideford, sessions available from 9:00am. Last session 6:00pm to 7:00pm.
Telephone and online sessions are available on any day, including evenings.
I use 10to8, an online calendar, to book appointments. You will get confirmation of an appointment and a reminder 24 hours before. For telephone and online sessions, I will invoice you using QuickBooks after the session.
Covid-19 - I have had two vaccinations and a booster. I do weekly lateral flow tests.