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About me

Counselling is a life experience where you get to explore and reflect your feelings and emotions in a non-judgemental and safe space. You get the opportunity to listen and catch up with what your body and mind are wanting to tell you and to make change within your life. 

The power to freely speak within a friendly and therapeutic environment can be healing, empowering and liberating. My aim is for you to truly experience the depth of your emotions and feel that strength within to make positive change.

My way of working is to focus on a relational field – meaning that I will stand by your side and walk with you on your journey through your feelings and thought processes. Coming to counselling is something very personal and I aim to make you feel that you are in a safe, secure and warm space to explore what is going on for you.

I believe that we all have the power to change and grow as human beings. To focus on your feelings and the physical manifestations of the emotions can really bring forward a new awareness to you about yourself. I believe that with tapping into your emotions, you can feel empowered to ignite change within your life.

I am BACP registered and follow their code of ethics and practice. I hold counselling sessions face to face in Ipswich and Colchester and can also provide online and telephone counselling.

If you would like to book a free initial discussion to talk through what is going for you and what you wish to achieve please do not hesitate to contact me.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc Hons in Integrative Counselling - Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling - Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • CPD certificate for 80 hours of Online & Telephone Counselling Training
  • Level 1 and 2 Certificate in Counselling skills
  • Various CPD certificates including Counselling Anger and Aggression, and Addiction

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). 

i have experience dealing with various issues such as, but not limited to:

-          Anger

-          Anxiety

-          Bereavement

-          Depression

-          Domestic Abuse

-          Gender Identity

-          Relationship Difficulties,

-          Self Esteem

-          Sexuality

-          Stress Management

-          Trauma

I always continue to develop and expand my knowledge my attending various workshops and lectures.

Member organisations

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Therapies offered

Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

My current fee is £45 for a 50 minute counselling session with a free 15 minute initial discussion/consultation. Concessions are considered so please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss.

When I work

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The Stephenson Centre, 81 Grimwade Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1LN

Colchester, Essex, CO1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

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