I am currently offering Telephone and Online therapy due to the uncertainty that Covid-19 has brought over the last 2 years.
I am a qualified Relational, Integrative counsellor/psychotherapist offering you a safe, confidential space to explore your individual concerns, experiences, hopes and goals
Integrative means my knowledge, tools, techniques and experience encompasses Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) therapies. I have also trained as a Couples, Mindfulness and Compassion Focused practitioner as part of my personal and professional development. I can therefore tailor my approach to suit your individual needs and wishes.
My way of working is described as Relational, which means that I consider relationships to be very important and we will endeavour to build one that allows you to feel safe, understood and respected. We will explore your past experiences (including relationships) and identify ways in which they may still be influencing your thoughts, beliefs, behaviours, emotional well-being and current relationships. I also think its important to focus on areas of your life that can bring you Happiness, Joy, Compassion and Resilience and this is based on the current Positive Psychology evidence and research.
I am approachable, compassionate and trustworthy; offering a safe, confidential environment for us to collaboratively explore your individual concerns and experiences and work towards the goals, change or acceptance you desire. There will be ongoing reviews to assess the way we are working together and make sure you are getting what you want from therapy.
I am a counsellor and group facilitator with the charity 2 Wish and am Co-chair of SPARCL, both of which support families through child loss. So I do a lot of trauma, bereavement and loss work.
I attend regular supervision and am a Registered member of the BACP (091133) and therefore I adhere to high professional and ethical standards.
Training, qualifications & experience
(BACP registered Registration number 091133)
- PG Diploma Integrative Counselling – University of South Wales (Newport)
- PG Certification Counselling Skills – University of Wales (Swansea)
- PhD Genetics and Cancer - University of Wales (Swansea)
- BSc Hons Genetics - 2(i) - University of Wales (Swansea)
I believe it is very important that I continue my professional development and regularly attend courses and training to increase my experience, knowledge, skills and tools. Here is a record of my relevant training.
Diploma in Couples Counselling - "A Theory of Intimacy & Disconnection" (06/21) - TherapyWorks.Training
- Working with Adult Children of Narcissists (08/20) - Liberation Therapy UK
- Narcissistic Traits and Emotional Abuse (06/20) - Liberation Therapy UK
- Compassion Focused Therapy and Depression (02/18) - Compassionate Mind Foundation
- A Relational Primer in working with couples (06/17) - Therapy Works.Training
- The Therapist’s personal safety and care in the workplace (ongoing) - BACP
- Female Genital Mutilation: Recognising and preventing FGM (ongoing) – Home Office
- Infant loss training (10/16) - The Foundation for Infant Loss Training (Dr Chantal Lockey)
- Working with Trauma in the Body and the Mind (10/16) - BACP
- Using ‘Focusing’ when working with children and young people (09/15) - The exchange
- Working with Trans-identified and Trans-historied clients in your own practice (97/15) - Tina Livingstone (BACP)
- The Mindful Practitioner (stage 2) (06/15) - Lorraine Sherman
- Skills in counselling children and young people (05/15) - Lorraine Sherman (Coleg sir gar)
- UK/European Symposium on Addictive Disorders (04/15) - BACP
- The Mindful Practitioner (stage 1) (03/15)
- Beginning, developing and strengthening the way we work online (03/15) - OCTIA and BACP
- The Mind of the Perpetrator and Sexualised Trauma - Zoe Loddrick
- Art Psychotherapy with Clay work, update on organisation and Research – NCCS
- Case conceptualisations and working with Young People, updates on organisation and Research – NCCS
- PTSD, Impact on Refugees, Trauma, Dissociation and Vicarious trauma - Mike Davies
- Domestic Abuse Awareness - Karon Eryes (Newport DA Unit)
- Loss and Bereavement - MacMillan Cancer Support
- Child Protection – CCH
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – CCH
- Mindfulness Course for Counsellors - Sarah Millaband
Relevant Counselling Experience
- Private Practice (04/15 - present)
- Co-Chair of SPARCL (11/19 - present)
- Counsellor and Group Facilitator working with 2 Wish Upon a Star (09/15 - present)
- Counsellor working with ABMU local health board (12/15 - 11/17)
- Counsellor and Trainer at a residential home for young people (08/15 - 2/19)
- Counsellor with The Exchange (11/15 – 05/16)
- Counsellor - Cancer Information Support and Services (CISS) (11/12 – 01/16)
- Counsellor and Research Associate - NCCS (02/14 – 06/15)
- Contracted Researcher -Newport Community Counselling Service (NCCS) (01/13 – 07/14)
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Loss, Identity issues, Pet Bereavement, Academic Failure and more.
From £45.00 to £275.00
Concessions offered for
Individual - £45 for a 50 minute session.
Couple - £55 for a 50 minute session.
Concessions available, please feel free to ask.
I offer a concession of £35 if you are a student who requires personal therapy as part of your course
I also offer discounts on session booked as a block and paid upfront:-
4 sessions for £157.50 - saving of £22.50 (half of session)
6 sessions for £225 - saving of £45 (full session)
4 sessions for £192.50 - saving of £27.50 (half of session)
6 sessions for £275 - saving of £55 (full session)
Tuesday (10am-8pm), Wednesday (10am-8pm), Thursday (10am-8pm) and some availability Monday and Friday, but I also run groups, workshops and training on those days on occasion.
When I work
Swansea - Monday (12-8), Wednesday (12-8) and Thursday (10-6)
Hengoed - Tuesday (11.30-7.30)
Swansea - On-the-street parking in non-permit areas
Hengoed – On-the-street parking