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DipHE Humanistic Gestalt Counsellor, BACP Member

About me

If you're struggling with emotions, relationships, challenging circumstances, want to create and achieve goals or simply work on self-awareness and development, you're in the right place.

I aim to bring a fresher approach to the counselling process in the way that I work. I aim to ditch the robotic, almost scripted feeling that some counselling sessions can give, and bring a more uplifting and personable energy to the experience. The aim is that you will feel comfortable, free to be yourself, and valued within the space, safe in the knowledge that I am supporting you every step of the way. With a healthy balance of embracing all that makes us both human, and the assurance of ethical and safe practice, I believe that this is the perfect combination for an effective and enjoyable therapeutic experience.

I am a Humanistic Gestalt Counsellor and member of the BACP, and have experience working with clients of all ages. I've worked with a range of issues, from depression, stress and anxiety, to loneliness, relationship and family issues, sexuality and gender identity. I have a lot of experience working with anxiety, from generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety and panic attacks, to phobias.

I have a special interest in working with people of the LGBTQ+ community, whether that be exploring or coming to terms with feelings around sexuality or identity, the prospect of coming out, or navigating issues afterwards. I also work with people who are experiencing relationship struggles, whether that be with family, friends, partners, affairs, betrayals, separation, ex partners or finding a partner.

I work collaboratively with clients to ensure they feel safe, heard and understood, as well as identifying areas of life that they wish to work on, and how we might go about achieving long lasting, positive change.

My naturally down to earth approach enables our sessions to feel comfortable, establishing a therapeutic relationship in which we are both on an equal footing, working together.

Working online and over the phone, my service is accessible to most people across the UK, and mitigates the risk of Covid-19. I am able to work in both a short or long-term capacity, depending on your needs.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified Humanistic Gestalt therapist, and have experience using CBT and Pluralistic techniques. Therefore, I can adapt to you, your reason for counselling and use a way of working that is most likely to achieve the desired outcome.

I worked for two years in a sixth form and higher education college, working with clients of all ages and a wide range of issues, including family issues, work-related stress, sexuality and gender identity.

My training and some of my Continuing Professional Development is as follows:

  • DipHE Humanistic Gestalt Counselling
  • Online Counselling & Safety
  • Working With Anxiety
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Adverse Childhood Experience
  • Attachment Theory
  • Techniques for Creating Insight
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Relationship Issues,  Affairs, Communication Issues, Trust, Intimacy, Conflict, Marriage, Divorce, Separation, Break-Ups, Dating, Couples, Attachment, Sexuality, Gender Identity, LGBTQ+

Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer an initial, 30 minute session, free of charge. This is in order to talk about what you want from counselling, and figure out if I'm the right counsellor for you.

From there, I offer 50 minute sessions, for which I charge £40 per session.

For trainee counsellors, I offer a reduced rate of £30 per session, and am able to discuss a reduced rate for those that are unemployed or have low income.

When I work

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Further information

If you have any questions or want a bit more information, you can visit my website, call me on 07871638909, or send me an email. 

Winchester, Hampshire, SO22

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

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As I work mostly over the phone and online, my service is accessible from anywhere in the UK. I am also able to offer face-to-face sessions in your own home, in and around Winchester, or 'walk and talk' therapy, again in the Winchester area.

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