I am a qualified Person Centred Counsellor working from home in our bungalow in Coningsby village. I obtained the Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling at Bucks & Chiltern University/College in High Wycombe in 2005. I am an accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists) & became accredited in 2008. I work remotely using Skype, WhatsApp video or phone at present during Covid 19 restrictions and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. I have about ten years post qualifying experience in private practice and my clients tell me that I am very empathic and up front as well as not judging them. The Person Centred Approach in a nutshell is that people are doing the best they can with the resources available. My clients find this extremely helpful and often quote phrases that I have used in our sessions along these lines that they have found particularly helpful.
I am particularly keen to work with women, RAF, Army & Navy personnel and families as well as NHS staff, emergency services and their families and offer a discount for these. I was a Police Constable in the Essex Police Force for three years, an MOD Civil Servant for ten years and have been an RAF wife for 34 years so have relevant experience. I also offer a reduced rate for trainee counsellors for therapy and supervision required as part of their course and when working towards BACP registration or accreditation
I also offer supervision for counsellors and have several years experience of supervision. As well as this I have over twenty years experience working as a full time Youth and Community Worker which is useful when working with counsellors who work with young people. I have worked with local authority youth services as well as the Methodist Association of Youth Clubs. In addition to this I have worked in residential work with young people and with young people leaving care, young people with learning disabilities and with children and families of drinkers.
Training, qualifications & experience
Dip Counselling - Buckinghamshire Chiltern University College High Wycombe Buckinghamshire 2005 ( I trained at Metanoia Institute from 2001-2003 before transferring to above. I undertook six of the Metanoia workshops during this time.)
BA (Hons) Open (OU) -Open University Milton Keynes
Certificate of Youth & Community Work -Leicester Polytechnic (1983)
I carried out a placement at Number 5 Counselling Service Reading Berkshire from 2002-2005. I also carried out voluntary Counselling with Hillingdon Youth Service in Uxbridge Middlesex from 2006-2007. As well as this I did a placement with Place2be play therapy in a primary school in Willesden Brent.
I started my private practice in 2006 in the Ruislip Gardens NW London area and worked part time as a Carers Support officer with Rethink working with carers of people with mental illness while working towards accreditation.
I relocated to Lincolnshire in 2012 and relaunched my practice on 2015. I have about ten years experience in private practice seeing a variety of clients through an Employment Assistance Programme & Harley Therapy online counselling platform as well as trainees and private clients.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am particularly interested in post traumatic stress and completed training in PTSD & Trauma with Dagmar Edwards of Psychology Matters in Finsbury Park, London in 2006. As a forces wife I have had experience of this in my personal life & amongst my friends & neighbours.
I charge £50 an hour ( 60 minutes) and £60 for 90 minutes supervision.
I will see trainee counsellors for £40 an hour ( 60 minutes) and £50 for 90 minutes supervision as well as newly qualified counsellors.
I will see NHS staff, emergency services, HM Forces and their wives for £40 an hour for counselling. As well as this I wil see those on Universal credit, PIP, Disability Allowance & State pension for £35 an hour on proof of benefit received by email attachment. I am not planning on working face to face for the foreseeable future but only online via Skype, Zoom ( you need to send me the link so that I know it's a safe time for you), Whatsapp video or phone.
Concessions offered for
I am very flexible regarding appointments to accommodate family commitments, shift work and home schooling.
To make an appointment you can ring or email me, giving me a brief outline of the problem and arrange a mutually convenient date for your first counselling session. If you feel that I am the right counsellor for you, we can then make further weekly appointments and review after a short period of time to see how you feel about whether you need further sessions or not. It is entirely up to you, I do not see myself as an expert and as a Person Centred Counsellor I believe that sessions should be client led. Carl Rogers who researched and developed this counselling approach described the actualising tendency as being similar to a potato seed which grows towards the light of a small attic window when left in the dark. He described this as psychological growth. I have seen this happen many times in my work with clients using the Person Centred Approach.