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About me

*Please note that counselling can begin over the phone or video call during the current time*

Counselling is a journey of discovery during which you can take a step back and look at life differently. As your counsellor I will stand alongside you on your journey.  This process gives you a chance to tell your story and be heard in a fresh way, to identify your needs and find new ways in which to meet them.

I understand how demanding it can be to explore their personal situations and that we need to be treated with genuine warmth, compassion and respect, so that it can feel safe to seek new ways to address problems.  I believe that the quality of the relationship between client and counsellor is at the heart of successful counselling.

Being a teenager can be a real challenge - adolescents are faced with a wide range of situations they may struggle with and it can be invaluable to talk with some one outside the family or school environment to think things through differently. I offer a welcoming, warm, non-judgemental space for young people to talk things through.  My regular work as a counsellor in a secondary school means I have an in depth understanding of the issues faced by young people.

In addition I offer family counselling to encourage families to communicate more effectively.

I am a highly experienced and qualified relationship counsellor/psychotherapist, having started work with Relate nearly 20 years ago. I have also worked in a variety of settings with couples and individuals of all ages from diverse backgrounds who have experienced difficulties in their relationships.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Couple Therapy (psychodynamic and systemic). I use an integrative approach in order to be responsive to the needs of each client.   I deliver short and long term therapy.

I have a Post-Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Young People 8-18.


I have Relate Certificates in Working with Young People and Families.

As a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, I adhere to their Code of Ethics.  All of my work is supervised and I am fully insured.

I also have a BA (Hons) in French and German

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Additional information

I provide 50 minute sessions which cost:
      £50 for individuals
      £60 for couples or families

I do short and long term work.

Concessions may be available, please ask.

When I work

daytime, evening and weekend appointments available

Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO22

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Ground floor counselling room, one step to access

Additional languages

French