Are you feeling sad by something that has happened in the past but you are struggling to talk about it? Do you tell everyone that you are fine, but really feel anxious or depressed? Are you struggling with family issues? Do you sometimes want to talk but feel that no one will listen? If this feels familiar to you, counselling might help.
My name is Diane and I am a person centred counsellor. I help people who have experienced painful life experiences to gain understanding and find their way forwards. Talking to a counsellor can help clients to feel valued, validated and understood. It is a place where they can share their innermost thoughts without fear of judgement. When this happens, and they are free to express themselves, they are able to find a new way forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor and I teach counselling skills at a local Further Education college. I am passionate about providing an environment where you can feel safe to explore the issues that are concerning you without judgement.
For our safety, I am insured, and I have a DBS check which is on the annual update scheme. I invest in my own development to keep my knowledge and skills up to date, and I have regular professional supervision for my work.
In addition to my core counselling training, have recently completed an additional 80-hour Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling.
In addition to having my own practice, I also volunteer for a local charity where I have worked with males and females undertaking both long and short term work.
My previous counselling experience included working within a multi-disciplinary team with adult clients who were receiving treatment for substance misuse. I have also worked with an organisation that provided counseling for survivors of sexual abuse and their families. In this setting, I worked with both men and women.
Prior to becoming a counsellor, I had over 15 years’ counselling skills experience. This was gained in the Probation Service, Third Sector Organisations and in Education. This experience included working with adults and young people who had experienced domestic violence, current and historic sexual abuse, relationship issues and substance misuse.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a particular interest in working with clients who have experienced Adverse Experiences in their childhood, this can include abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction. Adverse childhood experiences sometimes occur when a client's parents have had their own difficulties to manage, these can include divorce, mental health problems, substance misuse, a parent in prison or domestic violence.
In these circumstances, I provide a safe, non-judgemental space to explore your feelings and emotions. This may help you make sense of the past and find new ways of moving forwards.
£40 for 50 minutes
I understand that choosing a counsellor might not be easy so offer a free initial consultation without obligation. Hopefully, this will give you the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have and to get to know me a little better before you make your decision.
Concessions offered for
During Coronavirus, I offer counselling sessions remotely in the comfort and security of your own home. These can take place over a video platform such as Zoom or telephone counselling is also available.