I have always been motivated by a desire to help people, reflected in my working in facilitative roles within the charity sector for over 20 years.
In 2012 I began my exploration of the formal therapeutic path. Engaging in my own personal counselling, which I found to be transformative, naturally led me to pursuing formal training as a counsellor.
I believe every person has the answers they need within themselves and that given the right conditions we can all tap into our true potential. My approach to counselling is to create a warm, safe environment in which the person feels empowered to find their own solutions. Applying the skills and tools I have learnt from my training and own life experiences, I have found that often the most powerful tool is simply for a person to feel heard, accepted and valued.
I am committed to my own ongoing personal development and further professional training, both of which I believe are essential to being a well - rounded practitioner.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my training as a Person-centred counsellor in February 2016 whilst simultaneously completing a Psychology BSc degree (2:1).
I have experience working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. In particular, I have worked with people who have suffered from bereavement, survivors of sexual violence, people experiencing social anxiety, depression, loneliness, anxiety, low self- esteem, lack of confidence, trauma and work-related stress.
I am a member of the BACP and abide by their ethical code of conduct.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling session fees : 40 per hour
I also offer a free 15 minute taster session.
Due to the current circumstances I am currently offering sessions via Zoom and over the phone.
When I am not counselling, I enjoy spending time on my allotment, going for long walks in nature, wild swimming, yoga and meditation and relaxing with my two rescue cats.