I am a fully qualified counsellor and member of the NCS. I offer help for a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, self-confidence and stress at work.
Accepting you need counselling can be difficult for many, but most of us will experience a trauma or something that we will struggle to deal with at sometime in our life and counselling can help. For many, it's the fear of what counselling involves that prevent them from getting help.
What to expect at the Initial Consultation
Firstly you will have a 30 minute consultation with me. This will be an opportunity for us to discuss your goals and explore whether we can work together. If you decide to proceed then I will discuss my proposed treatment plan and number of sessions I think you may need.
What happens at the sessions?
Sessions are usually held weekly (currently online due to COVID) and last 50 minutes. Together we will explore the issues that you are worrying you, for some it will be necessary to explore the past and for others it will be dealing with the present and you as the client, will be encouraged to do most of the talking in order to get the most out of your sessions.
My Therapy Room
My therapy room is located on the outskirts of the Ashford area (just off Junction 9 of the M20). It is easily accessible and has ample parking.
Training, qualifications & experience
After 10 years of working in HR in the corporate environment, I decided to embark on a career as a counsellor and gave up work to study for my diploma, which I have now passed and have set up my own Private Practice in the Ashford Area.
- Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
I have been trained by Cruse in Bereavement Awareness.
I have also attended training courses on Mindfulness, Treating Phobias with CBT and Self-Acceptance.
I am an Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society and abide by their code of ethics.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
I offer a free 30 minute initial consultation and then charge £40 for each subsequent 50 minute session. Some concessions may be available, so please do ask. Please note there is no obligation to continue following the initial consultation, as one of the reasons for this session is for us to get to know each other and for you to decide whether you feel that we will be able to work together.
For Students studying Counselling courses, I charge £30.00
If you are on a low income I can sometimes offer sessions at a reduced rate where there is availability.