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MBACP, MNCS (Accred) Dip. Couns

About me

About Me

I am an experienced qualified and insured integrative counsellor, which means I can draw on a range of counselling approaches such as humanistic, CBT and psychodynamic in order to meet your needs.

I work with people with a range of issues & I specialise in working with Autism/ ADHD & other neurodiverse conditions. I also with anxiety issues, depression, stress and trauma. As someone with familial & professional experience of ASD/ADHD I understand the importance of finding the right type of counsellor who can tailor an approach to suit your needs and empower you.

I have a special interest, understanding and experience of working with neurodiversity (diagnosed and undiagnosed), anxiety, depression, low mood and low self-esteem, grief, trauma including childhood trauma and childhood illness, and many other issues that affects us all.

I am able to offer face to face or online sessions, which means you can access counselling from the comfort of your home at a time that suits you.

Alongside my counselling practice, I also work as part of a team delivering counselling training and work as a volunteer counsellor one day a week for a community counselling service.

Perhaps you are feeling lost in life, struggling to feel heard and understood, experiencing low mood or anxiety and low self-esteem? Perhaps you are experiencing difficulties in your work or personal relationships causing stress, overwhelm and sadness, leading to feelings of guilt and shame over your emotions?

I can help you explore these issues in a non-judgemental, welcoming and safe environment, walking alongside you in your journey towards becoming the best version of yourself and enjoying life again.

How Counselling Can Help

It may feel daunting talking to a counsellor about your thoughts and feelings, but talking to someone in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space can help. I strongly believe that people have the potential for growth & making positive changes in their life, and believe that the therapeutic relationship we will create together plays a huge part in helping you take that step forward to wellbeing.

I understand the importance of finding the right counsellor, where you can feel comfortable and at ease, and am able to work face to face and online either short or long term.

Please feel free to contact me for a free initial discussion (either by phone or online) on how I can best support you.

What To Expect In The First Session

I offer a free 15 minute initial consultation, where we will explore your difficulties, what you hope to gain from counselling and agree how we will work together. This gives you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have, and get a feel for how I work and to see if I am the right counsellor for you.

I have a Level 4 Diploma in Integrative therapeutic counselling & I'm a member of the BACP and NCS. My practice is called Soul Matters Counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

Transactional Analysis 101 Certificate

Mental Health First Aid Certificate 

ABC Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies

ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Member of BACP & Accredited Member of The National Counselling Society (NCS)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society (NCS)

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.

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

National Counselling Society

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.

National Counselling Society
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

From £35.00 to £45.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

When I work

Flexible

Please note that face to face sessions are currently only available on a Monday or Friday morning.

Golf Road Centre, 28 Golf Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 6PY

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

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