Are you feeling anxious? Is it time to talk to someone?
I'm an experienced, qualified, integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, fully registered with BACP.
My clients describe me as friendly, empathic and thoughtful.
Deciding to see a therapist may feel daunting, and you may think you should just have a 'stiff upper lip' and carry on regardless, but you don't have to face your troubles alone.
Therapy lets you clear the mists and see the real issues, and then make positive changes, not carrying on with the same repeated cycles, breaking free from that well worn merry-go-round.
I work via Zoom, and by phone.
Is it time to invest in your future contentment and happiness?
I provide general therapy for whatever it is that is causing you to be less content and have spent many years seeing clients with a wide variety of issues.
I specialise in addiction. I've spent many years with a national addiction charity working one to one with clients with a variety of addictions, including alcohol, drugs, food, shopping and codependency (needing to feel needed) , and was counselling deputy manager at a respected day-rehab charity. I also specialise in depression, bipolar and anger management.
Further specialities include anxiety, and acute life events such as relationship breakdown, redundancy or bereavement.
I also have a keen interest in working with couples that are struggling with their relationship.
Issues in our upbringing often lie behind adult problems, and they need gentle untangling.
'Your session is YOUR session'... You can talk with me completely confidentially about anything you feel you want too. There are no rules, I don't set the agenda.
My background was in business and I have had many difficult periods in my life, including issues with alcoholism. These brought me to therapy and then becoming a therapist myself. The relevance of this is that of the 'wounded healer'... by experiencing issues myself I may be able to relate more readily to you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an integrative psychotherapist and counsellor (level 7).
I am registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists as a full member.
I have many years of experience in offering general therapy. I specialise in addiction. I've spent many years with a national addiction charity working one to one with clients with a variety of addictions, including alcohol, drugs, food, shopping and codependency (needing to feel needed) , and was counselling deputy manager at a respected day-rehab charity. I also specialise in anxiety, depression, bipolar and anger management.
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
From £45.00 to £65.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Fees start at £45 (for students and lower income) through to £65 for those on a higher income on a sliding scale.
Couples counselling is £85, discounts may be available for low income.
I work in a gentle non authoritarian way, my hope for you is that you find your own solutions to your issues. All to often friends and relatives will say 'You should do this', or 'I know what you need'... That is often not that helpful. For me, therapy is about finding your own answers and then acting on them. There is a saying in the therapy world... The client has the answers, it is just about finding them.
I work via Zoom as well as from my home in St Albans. There is plenty of parking at no charge. I don't have any pets.
I may be able to visit you, for instance if you are not able to travel to me, or you feel uncomfortable doing so. Home visits incurr an extra fee depending on travel distance.