You may be coming to counselling because you are in crisis, unable to see a way through a situation or feeling lost or alone. You might be seeking the 'right' answer around difficult life decisions when making a decision seems impossible. It may have taken many years to find the courage to seek help for issues which run deep, perhaps stemming from difficult, early experiences in childhood or from trauma. Perhaps you may be having trouble with relationships or friendships or are looking for very specific tools and techniques to manage and cope with anxiety or stress. Or you may just want to know yourself a little better.
Counselling is a type of talking therapy which offers confidential support in a warm and non-judgemental way. Counselling is an opportunity to feel heard and be understood. Whatever is causing you to reach out at this time, I offer an accepting, empowering and encouraging environment as I assist you to find ways to move forward.
All of us will have been through difficult times in our lives. Sometimes it is hard to speak to family or friends about things which are deeply personal or perhaps tinged with shame, embarrassment, sadness, anger, indecision or even guilt. As an empathic and thoughtful therapist, I aim to 'walk alongside' you as you work things out and find a way forward.
I have counselled adults struggling with a range of issues including depression, anxiety and lack of confidence as well as low self-esteem, relationship problems and identity issues.
I can support with the following; anxiety, depression, stress, bullying, domestic abuse, self-esteem, loneliness, sexual abuse, relationship issues, addictions, co-dependency, anger, loss, bereavement, sexuality, identity issues, body image, workplace difficulties, major life changes like redundancy or divorce, disabilities, self-harm and personal development.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified counsellor, with a BA (Hons) Degree and a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), meaning that I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. This guides my counselling work, ensuring that I operate safely and ethically. I am fully insured and qualified to work with adult clients.
My approach is Integrative, meaning that I can integrate a number of methods and techniques to offer the right support for each individual. I am able to work with both the 'here and now' but also more deeply, looking at unconscious processes and how the past may shape the present.
I have several years' experience within the helping professions including time with a domestic abuse charity, supporting adult survivors of physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse. I have experience within a substance misuse counselling agency, assisting those struggling with addictions. I have also helped to manage a children and young persons mental health charity, offering 1-2-1 counselling and group work for those experiencing emotional distress. Part of this work included counselling adolescents in schools.
MBACP registered number 383065
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
Each session costs £50.
I offer a limited number of discounted sessions for students and those on low incomes.
Payment is due by the time of the session and can be made in cash or by bank transfer.
I offer weekly sessions of 1-2-1 counselling. Each session is 50 minutes long.
Some individuals have just a few sessions, others choose longer term support. I have worked with some individuals for just a few weeks and others for many months.
Once you take the decision to seek support, we will have an initial telephone conversation and if we decide to meet, our first session will be an opportunity for us to see if we feel we can work together. During our first session, we can discuss how many sessions might be required but can review this as we go along.