From my work over the years with Relate, I am very aware that walking through a Counsellor's door and coming to counselling is a very brave decision to make whether as a couple or an individual. It is a journey that can be a difficult and reflective one but hopefully also an exciting and rewarding one. I will support you in your journey with kindness, integrity, and understanding and to ensure you feel supported and safe.
Your mental well-being and safety are of utmost importance to me and I promise that if I do not have the necessary tools or expertise to help you, I will support you in finding more appropriate help and endeavour to support you in the best way possible.
I will listen to you
Social, historical, economical, environmental and political events all impact and shape our lives and whatever your gender, ethnicity, people with seen/or unseen disability, race, sexual identity, spiritual and religious belief or none I will listen to you with understanding and always with respect.
As a Relate Trained Counsellor, I particularly draw on the Systemic and Psychodynamic Theoretical Perspectives but also understand the importance of being client led, listening to the family scripts and narratives, with a person-centred focus. My experience over the years with the many different and unique individuals that I have worked with, supported and cared about, has led me to a greater understanding of the importance and impact of the many systems that affect us throughout our lives. Wherever we live in the world these systems include:
- The family systems and networks of our original care providers whatever form that may be including same sex, extended family, carers, foster or adopted
- Schooling, teachers, the education system
- The working environment
- Current family life and friends that we choose to call family
All of these have a significant effect on our lives, mental health and well-being.
Let's talk about this, it is good to talk, to be able to share your feelings and I will be listening.
Training, qualifications & experience
Relate cpcab Level 5 Diploma in Relationship Counselling
Relate cpcab Level 4 Introduction to Relationship Counselling
Professional Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 ncfe Distinction
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
BSc (Hons) Social Sciences with Geography & Politics
Training and Continual Professional Development
Child Protection & Safeguarding
Couples and Sex Addiction
Domestic Violence & Abuse Awareness & Safety
Domestic Violence Assessment & Intervention
Gender & Sexual Diversity
Impact of Addiction on Families
Internet Online Safety
Mental Health Awareness
Military Mindset Training
Relationships & Mental Health
Safeguarding/De-escalation and Boundaries
Sexual Violence and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Understanding & Recognising Sex Addiction
Working with Anger & Rage
Working with Grief following sudden and Traumatic Death
Working with Young People in the LGBT+ Community
My Life Experience that has enhanced my role as a Counsellor
I have worked within the Private, Public and Voluntary Sectors during my working career since 1987 supporting many different and unique individuals in many different working spaces and environments. I have always been interested in people and started an Introduction to Counselling Course way back whilst living in Cambridge in 2002 but then my circumstances changed. I had then the opportunity to work and volunteer over-seas; based in Basel, Switzerland for 6 years and Texas, USA for 2 years. Returning to the UK in 2013, I embarked on further training and more specifically for my passion to become a fully trained Counsellor back in the UK.
I have now worked as a Relate Trained Relationship Counsellor since 2014, having over 2500+ hours working with couples and individuals of ages upwards from 11 to 90 years young.
I am a passionate believer in Life Long Learner and studied as a mature Student with the Open University. I am hoping to study further in the future in understanding the brain more and specifically in neuro-diversity
- Psychodynamic and systemic theoretical perspective and human sexuality relating to relationships.
- Ethical frameworks and practice
- Therapeutic and specialist skills in working with relationship issues and context
- Reflexivity and the use of self
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
LGBT+Q friendly and aware
Please be advised that I will take some basic information and offer you an initial assessment. This will allow us to explore your concerns and issues together and then decide the best way forward for you at this time.
Individual Counselling: 1 hour (one person per session) £60
Couple Counselling: 1 hour - £70 per couple
Young People Counselling: Age 14 to 25
£40 for 40 minutes or £30 for 30 minutes
Zoom/Skype/WhatsApp Counselling Sessions are currently available with flexibility of different times throughout the day and evening this includes
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning and early afternoon.
The full session fee for cancellations and missed appointments without 24 hours notice will be applied.
Currently offering online sessions via Zoom and WhatsApp.
Times can be flexible available online throughout the week Tuesday to Saturday
I am a Registered Member of BACP and follow their Code of Ethics.
I receive regular clinical supervision.
I am very aware of the importance of Gender Diversity and Inclusion.
I can offer short-term work agree for a certain number of sessions, or an open-ended basis.
I am currently not offering face to face counselling due to Covid-19 however when I return to face to face work then I will be offering sessions on a Wednesday all day and early evening out of Lombard, Business & Wellbeing Centre, Canterbury.
On a Friday late afternoon and early evening at the Golf Road Centre, in Deal.
At the Lombard, Business & Wellbeing Centre - there is parking nearby at the rear of the building.
At the Golf Road Centre in Deal, there is free and disabled parking available.