How Can I Help You?
I know it takes a lot of courage to take that first step and contact a counsellor. Our lives can sometimes seem difficult. You may feel sad, anxious or simply confused and overwhelmed. Counselling can give you the opportunity to work through the challenges you face.
Whether you are looking for help with your relationships, depression, work issues, self confidence or just feeling ‘stuck’, counselling may help. Some of the benefits include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your goals
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek counselling
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Changing old behaviour or relationship patterns
- Building confidence and self esteem
- Finding your voice
I am calm, empathic, accepting and non-judgemental. I can offer you a safe space where you can be yourself. Through counselling, I can help you to understand and work through your issues at your own pace. During this process of self-discovery, I will support you in making positive changes in your life.
I firmly believe that each person is unique and there isn't a 'one approach fits all' in counselling. I will work with you, as an individual. The relationship between client and counsellor is key to therapeutic change. It is difficult to get a sense of a person through a short profile like this so I speak with all new clients on the phone prior to the first appointment. This gives you the opportunity to ask any questions and to get a sense of how we would work together.
What to Expect in the First Session
Before we first meet, I will speak to you on the phone so you can get a sense of what I am like and to give you the chance to ask any questions you might have about how we will work together. In the first session, we will work together to identify what has brought you to counselling and what you hope to get out of the process. We will also establish how we will work together, for example boundaries, timings and confidentiality. This is your time so it is important that you feel comfortable and safe and able to open up.
If you would like to find out more, have a look at my website.
If you think I could help you, feel free to contact me. I look forward to meeting you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I work locally in private practice and also volunteer for a local charitable counselling agency. Through this I have worked with a wide variety of clients with very varied issues and needs. I am a qualified integrative counsellor and a registered member of the BACP.
My years of experience as a secondary school teacher and pastoral lead have given me rich experience in working with young adults and the challenges they face.
I work mainly in a person centred way which means you determine the course and pace of your work with me. We work collaboratively to understand what is preventing you from achieving your goals.
I work face to face with clients on a one to one basis.
I believe in the importance of continuing professional development and have trained in solution focussed counselling, working with bereaved clients, working with childhood sexual abuse, working with children and young people, adolescent self harm and a variety of other issues.
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
I charge £45 for a 50 minute counselling session.
Payment is in advance by BACS or by card or cash at he session.
I work from a quiet and private room in Maidenhead.
I am located close to the M4 and M40. On street parking is available.