I value the use of creativity and embrace different forms of expression which can make the counselling process more personal and effective for each client I offer talking therapy, by Zoom or phone and face to face.
For some, who maybe are not so keen on talking, then Person Centred Art Therapy is a simple yet powerful way, using imagery, of conveying feelings and experiences that can be difficult to access or express in words. You do not have to be good at art to do this and no judgement is involved.
I am a practicing BrainSpotter and this internationally recognised method of working is particularly effective with trauma which may have resulted from a single experience or ongoing chain of events. BrainSpotting can also be used to help overcome anxiety and blocks in the creative and performance process.
Working professionally, confidentially and safely underpins my approach. I am an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical framework for good practice. My practice is overseen by a qualified Clinical Supervisor and I continually refresh my counselling skills and knowledge through Continuing Professional Development.
Training, qualifications & experience
My degree is in Person Centred Counselling which means that I aim to work with warmth, understanding and without judgement. The development of a trusting relationship is fundamental to the effectiveness of our work together.
I have a diploma in Person Centred Art Therapy and am a member of the APCCA (Association for Person Centred Creative Arts)
I have also trained with BSP UK to Level 3 so that I can offer BrainSpotting to clients.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy, in which I am trained, also has its place within my practice.
In addition to private practice, I have worked in a University counselling service for almost 20 years, volunteered with the Teens and Toddlers project and The Listening Centre (a low-cost adult counselling service).
Before qualifying as a Counsellor, I trained as a Cost and Management Accountant and worked as a Management Consultant implementing large I.T. systems, as an employee and then employer.
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)
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
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
My fees are £55 per hour, payable by bank transfer within 48 hours of the session.
I am available 8am-7pm Monday to Thursdays and on Friday mornings. I also work occasionally on Saturday mornings.
If you would like to find out more and decide whether you feel comfortable working with me, please get in touch. We can then arrange a mutually convenient time, of up to 15 minutes free of charge, to connect with each other.
Our first appointment, an assessment, usually lasts around 1.5 hours. This is a time to understand what brings you to counselling, to consider your aspirations and goals and how often you would like to attend. It is very much an exploratory session and an opportunity to find out how we feel working together.
Thereafter sessions are usually an hour although these can be flexible to fit with your circumstances. BrainSpotting sessions are usually an hour and a half.