I believe that a need for counselling& psychotherapy is not a sign of mental ill health, but a means of gaining professional help at times of great stress or in order to come to terms with your individual life experiences. Everyone has a different experience of life which shapes their unique perceptions and outlook. I believe we all have strengths and weaknesses that we may not recognise or acknowledge but into which we can tap, and use to further our personal development and achieve greater potential. I believe that peace of mind is the greatest achievement of all: talking and being heard for who you are, not what others wish you to be.
Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but of strength. Only those of us who engage with therapy can break down the stigma and encourage others to take the first step towards a more fulfilling life.
I offer a confidential, non-judgemental, non-directive listening service, on a one to one basis via Zoom or WhatsApp and I am able to talk you through using either of these media if you are not familiar with using them.
Regrettably I am currently unable to offer face-to-face sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a BSc. in Psychology, gained from the University of Southampton, 1997, an MSc. in Health Psychology also from the University of Southampton, 2000. In July, 2020 I gained a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling from the University of Chichester and December of the same year, a Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling from Online Counselling Tutor. I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
I began in this field of work around 2000, volunteering as a counsellor for Cruse Bereavement Care for some years, whilst working in Mental Health Research.
I currently volunteer for the Bereavement Care Charity in Hampshire & run my own private practice, specialising in Bereavement and Loss through death, divorce, separation, childhood events & stress arising from what life brings. I work with depression, anxiety or general day-to-day coping. Such stresses are often reduced simply by talking through your own personal choices & decisions.
If you would like further information please e-mail or ring. To make a first, half price appointment, please ring. If I am unable to take your call please leave a message with suitable times for me to ring you back. I find telephone calls are easier to negotiate times rather than too and fro with e-mails!
I bring recent education combined with a longer experience of working in the field of counselling/psychotherapy.
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
£40.00 per session
Following an initial telephone conversation to assess our suitability to work together, I offer a first 50 minute session for £20 (no obligation to continue if you feel this is not for you). Subsequent sessions are charged at a rate of £40 per session, payable in advance by bank transfer. Same day or short notice cancellations are chargeable. Long or short-term counselling/psychotherapy is offered, according to your requirements. Initial enquiry is welcomed, with no obligation to proceed unless you wish to do so. This also applies to anyone taking up the initial session offer. Subsequently I would like at least one weeks' notice of ending of therapy.
Appointments are available between 8am & 4.30pm on Tuesdays, 8am & 6.30pm Wednesdays & Thursdays. Other hours may be negotiable, please ask when ringing for an appointment.
No information about you is stored on computer and all records permanently disposed of in accordance with the dictates of the company with whom I am insured (currently 5 years). Current records and those awaiting shredding are kept in a locked file.