Three beliefs form the basis of my counselling practice. The first is that life can frequently be difficult and can push us to the very limits of our capabilities, making us feel lost, stuck or helpless. Secondly, I believe that whilst our past absolutely shapes and moulds us in all sorts of different ways, it does not need to determine our future. And finally, I believe that no matter how vulnerable, broken, mentally ill, hurt, depressed or lonely someone feels, they are never beyond help.
I believe in working with clients in a way that helps them build a life that is worth living and one that has meaning for them. Sometimes, this can be achieved with a short intervention and at other times, longer timeframes are needed. Regardless of the length of work, I work in a way that is led by the client’s needs and at a pace that the client feels comfortable with, but also one that offers stretch and challenge when it is needed. At the heart of my work is the relationship and my role as a counsellor is not to advise, instruct or give guidance, but to provide a relationship that helps the other person grow.
I work with both adults and young people who experience a range of challenges and have extensive experience of working with young people using a trauma-informed approach.
Training, qualifications & experience
I originally trained as a teacher and worked in secondary schools for 16 years before moving to the charity sector. I work for a national charity providing health and wellbeing support to young people alongside my private practice.
I have a Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP accredited course).
I hold an Enhanced DBS check.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45 per session. Sessions last between 50 minutes and 1 hour.
At the moment, I am only offering counselling online or over the telephone. I am happy to assist clients with basic tech info to get them started.