I am a fully qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor, working in private practice in central Bath. I am a certified member of the BACP (Registered member no. 374847) and a member of CAPPP.
Prior to training as a counsellor I trained as a musician (BMus (Hons) 1st class) and am the founder of Birch Tree Folk Choir. BTFC works to realign the nervous system, reducing stress and anxiety while reconnecting through folk music to heritage, landscape, and community.
Born in Scotland, I grew up on site at a boarding school in the Surrey Hills. Along the way I have worked in all sorts of different roles alongside all sorts of different people - from workshop leader to waitress, singing teacher to postman. I look forward to meeting you and building our therapeutic relationship together.
For more information see my website.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills
CPCAB Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills
First degree (BMus (Hons) 1st Class
NETWORKS & EXPERIENCE
Certified Member of the BACP (MBACP Reg. No. 374847)
Member of the CAPPP
EdFirst Approved School Supplier
Former Counsellor at Catalyst Drug and Alcohol support
Former Counsellor at Sutton Women's Centre
Certificate: A person centred approach to death and dying (Living Well Dying Well)
Certificate: Working with Abusive Relationship (Sutton Women's Centre)
Certificate: Working with Substance Abuse (Catalyst)
Certificate: Guided Imagery and Visualisation for Therapeutic Change (Human Givens)
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
My fees for self funding clients start from £45
Fees for business clients start from £60
I offer a student rate of £37
MY COUNSELLING APPROACH
My counselling aporoach is integrative, meaning that I combine a number of different theoretical methodologies. I am able to adapt my technique and approach to suit individual clients and their therapeutic aims.
At the core of my work is a person centred way of working. I believe that the counselling relationship should be based upon mutual trust and respect. I seek to provide a space that is non-judgemental and empathetic, where you can feel safe to explore things you may not want to speak about with others.
I also work relationally - often the way we interact within the therapeutic relationship can reflect patterns of relating from outside of the counselling room. Recognising and exploring this can offer us new insights. This may lead us to working psychodynamically - looking back at your past to find the root of unhelpful patterns or feelings.
I particularly enjoy working neuroscientifically. Understanding how our brains work and the way we evolved can be extremely helpful, particularly when it feels that our bodies are somehow 'betraying' us. Symptoms such as stress and anxiety can be very uncomfortable, yet understanding why our bodies are responding in this way can offer us new levels of understanding and freedom.
No matter the theories or techniques used, the aim of counselling is to facilitate change. Together we will work to discover what this might mean for you, and I will support you on your journey towards it.