*Online and telephone only during pandemic*
How I work-
To put it simply, I listen. Really listen and hear you and reflect my experience of listening to you. There are lots of reasons for coming to see a counsellor or psychotherapist. Every client is different, so I aim to adapt the way I work to each client. The thing that doesn’t change is creating a space which facilitates listening and really being heard and held. My approach is based upon exploring how you are experiencing a problem and further exploring this together, particularly focusing on emotions. Sometimes I will use metaphor to explore difficult emotions safely.
What areas I specialise in-
I have a particular interest in working with clients who are experiencing anxiety and depression following a traumatic event in someones life. In particular I have an interest in exploring the link between mind and body, within which I aim to help the expression of the physical elements of anxiety and depression, which can be difficult to find the right words for
My further training and experience has given me a wide insight into varying complex mental health issues and diagnoses such as PTSD, anxiety disorders, personality disorders plus many more.
Initial meeting appointment-
Before agreeing to work together, we can meet together, so we can discuss what brings you to therapy and what you’d like to achieve, which lasts for approximately 30 minutes. It is also a chance for you to ask me some questions. This gives us both an opportunity to see if we work well together. There is no obligation to continue coming after this appointment. Choosing a therapist is a big decision, as the research suggests that the most important factor in counselling or psychotherapy being affective is the relationship between client and therapist.
What to expect from me- Counselling works best when we work together. You can expect me to listen and together we can further explore what has brought you to counselling. My aim is to explore the meaning you make from your concerns. I believe that although we cannot change what happened in the past, we can explore the meaning you are making of that today.
Counselling is most beneficial when we see each other on a weekly basis, so therefore I would ask for a commitment from you to attend for weekly sessions. I offer both long and short term therapy- this varies on a case by case basis. I would suggest that we start off by working together for a minimum of 8 sessions. Alternatively I offer "open ended" therapy. Endings are very important within counselling, so I would expect us to work towards ending.
Getting in touch-
You can get in contact with me by phone, text or e-mail. I will aim to respond within 24 hours. I welcome having a short chat on the phone if you have worries about coming along to counselling.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. You can call or text me on: 07951035411 or click here to send me an email.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked with a wide range of clients which has given me a varied listening experience both within private practice and in an organisational setting. I work within a council funded organisation as an experienced counsellor, which includes assessing clients. Within this role, I have worked in a group setting as a co-facilitator, specialising in drug and alcohol issues.
Training and qualifications
Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling- University of Brighton (BACP accredited course). This masters level course covered modules in human growth and development, ethical practice, research methods, critical perspectives, applied clinical practice.
Master of Science in Psychotherapy- University of Brighton (UKCP accredited course). This course covered: Psychotherapy Practice and Models of Change, Complex Presentations in Psychotherapy, Systemic Interventions: Theory and Practice (Family therapy), CBT and the Relational Paradigm and Dissertation- research completed into the impact on the therapeutic relationship when the client is caring for a person with dementia.
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.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Chronic pain, pain management, living bereavement, dementia (carers), suicide bereavement, psychosomatic issues
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
On going appointments: £50 per session (50 mins)- a discount is available
Ideally we would meet at the same time each week for either an agreed period of time, or open ended.
Although I am working online and on the telephone during the pandemic, I look forward to returning to face to face work when possible. However I would continue to work in which ever way is best for you, online, face to face or in person.