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I am an experienced and qualified counselling psychotherapist, registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
I recognise taking the step to talk about what is troubling you with someone can be daunting. I provide a confidential, warm, empathic and non-judgemental space where you can be heard and understood. Life can be busy and you may not have had the time and space to have looked at what has been challenging for you up until now.
I offer professional, high quality and confidential counselling to adults and young people in a safe environment, with the possibility of long term work, or short term, to work on specific issues.
Counselling is an opportunity to talk about whatever is troubling you with someone who is not involved in your personal life. We can explore your problems, often linking issues from the past to the present. This might help you understand patterns of behaviour and enable you to make changes.
I've worked with people who have struggled with issues such as:
- bereavement and loss
- family or relationship issues
- low self esteem/self confidence
- trauma or abuse
- addiction, eating disorders or self-harm
My approach involves looking at significant relationships experienced in our early years; how they may now be impacting on our current lives and relationships and possibly contributing to present emotional difficulties. I aim to help you make sense of your feelings, however difficult, and gain greater self-awareness.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained intensively for five years for a Post-graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling and a Masters Degree at the University of Hertfordshire.
I also have a BA Hons degree from University of East Anglia.
I have experience of working with young people as well as adults in a variety of settings. I have also worked for a bereavement service and within a well-known mental health charity.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I work within the BACP code of ethics. I receive regular supervision of my work which is essential in helping me work effectively.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Rates £45 per session including introductory session - I am able to consider concessions.
Counselling psychotherapy is an emotional and financial commitment for both yourself and the therapist. The session is your time and will not be available to anyone else, therefore if you are unable to attend or miss appointments, fees are still chargeable.
We will meet for 50 minutes at the same time on the same day each week.
During your introductory session we will talk about what you would like to explore. There will be no pressure to continue with me if you decide my approach is not for you.
There is disabled access at The Courtyard Centre for Health and Wellbeing.