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Registered MBACP (Accred)

About me

I offer a welcoming environment whereby I hope you feel safe to explore your emotions without fear of criticism or blame.

Being listened to at a deep level with warmth and understanding brings huge relief and alleviates distress. Being able to express yourself in the presence of another who seeks to understand you is a very powerful experience.

We can explore what is causing you to feel and behave the way you do, make connections with how past events may be affecting your present life and identify any unhelpful patterns that are preventing you from living a more fulfilling life.

Together we will consider alternative ways of thinking or behaving. You will gain new insights and confidence in your own strengths, therefore empowering you to make positive choices for future change.

I offer a collaborative, relaxed approach which may include breathing techniques to assist in reducing anxiety, timelines to help connect life experiences and creative activities to aid self-expression. 

I also offer ‘Walk & Talk’ therapy in Oxhey, Watford and Rickmansworth Aquadrome, where your friendly dog is welcome.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a BACP Accredited Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a Counsellor in Secondary and Primary Schools using Child-Centred play therapy skills.

I have a strong grounding in Person-Centred Therapy. Throughout my career I have gained a great deal of experience and therefore integrate a range of therapeutic approaches to best suit the needs of each person.

  • Diploma in Counselling.
  • Certificate in Couples & Other Relationships.
  • Accredited member of The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).
  • BACP Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist.
  • School Counsellor for Hertfordshire County Council since 2008 working with 4-19 year olds, parents, foster carers and teaching staff.
  • NHS Counsellor; CfD trained via IAPT programme.
  • Counsellor in a Women's Centre for 10 years.
  • Telephone support with Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline supporting men and women.
  • Reparation Order Support Worker with Youth Offending Team.
  • Counsellor for child and adult carers with Princess Royal Carers Trust.

Further areas of training include ;

  • Trauma
  • Suicide
  • Bereavement
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Attachment Theory
  • Therapeutic Play Skills
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Brief Solution Focussed Therapy
  • Safeguarding & Protecting Children
  • Couples & Other Relationships
  • Exploring Our Inner Child
  • Domestic Violence
  • Polyvagal Theory
  • Sex & Sexuality
  • Transgender

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

People choose therapy for many reasons including ;

  • Stress, anxiety, panic and fear
  • Shock, grief and loss following bereavement, divorce or illness
  • Anxiety or anger affecting relationships
  • Abuse, bullying and domestic violence
  • Gender, Sexual & Relationship Diversity (GSRD)
  • Identity, self-harm and eating disorders
  • The misery and loneliness of depression
  • Overwhelming feelings of helplessness

You don't have to struggle alone.

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Fees

From £60.00 to £90.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • Vitality

Additional information

£60 per individual session.

£60-£90 per couples session.

Once we establish our relationship, some clients choose to meet fortnightly.

I also offer a limited number of sessions at a reduced fee, dependent on individual circumstances. Please feel free to ask.

When I work

Daytime and early evening, either in person, or by video and phone.

Further information

If you are considering counselling and would like to find out more, feel free to contact me without any obligation.

If you choose to go ahead, you may decide that you require just a few sessions, or you may prefer open-ended counselling.

  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service cleared (DBS).
  • Civil Liability insured.
  • I attend regular supervision in line with BACP requirements.
  • Situated in Watford/Oxhey, approximately 10 minutes walk from Carpenders Park Station.
  • Bordering Greater London (Middlesex).
  • Ample unrestricted parking.

Watford, Hertfordshire, WD19

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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I do have wheelchair access but unfortunately no turning space in the toilet.

Online platforms

Whatsapp
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