Understanding is the first step towards making changes.
We are all influenced by the people in our lives and the circumstances that we find ourselves in, both past and present, these myriad factors all serve to define us. Sometimes we need help in understanding how the culmination of these experiences can get in the way of being able to live life fully and with ease.
I offer a dedicated and safe space in which I can help you to explore your feelings, beliefs and unhelpful patterns of behaviour in order to move forward and create positive change.
Maybe you're looking for relief from the pain of anxiety or depression. You could be struggling with bereavement or loss. You may want better relationships with those closest to you.
I can help you to find peace of mind by helping you to manage your anxiety or low mood. I can support you through loss and bereavement to enable you to enjoy life again. I can work with you to identify hurdles that may be holding you back in your relationships.
I bring warmth, empathy and a sense of humour. I can be challenging where necessary whilst being supportive and compassionate. I am client-led in terms of topics discussed and pace of work. I may invite the client to think about things differently or offer an alternative perspective. This is always done with an attitude of unconditional acceptance.
I am influenced by psychodynamic and humanistic approaches. This supports a flexible way of working that values and honours client uniqueness.
I offer focused short-term counselling (typically 6-12 sessions) and long term therapy for anyone wanting to work through more complex and deep seated issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified and experienced integrative counsellor (MBACP). I hold a BACP Accredited Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
As well as private practice I have worked with clients in a community counselling service and as a school counsellor. I have trained in mindfulness, meditation and yoga which informs a holistic approach to my work. I have a particular interest in how trauma is processed through the body.
I have extensive experience of LGBTIQ+ and GSRD issues.
I have specialist experience in the underlying causes and recovery relating to substance and behavioural addictions. I am familiar with 12 Step recovery programmes.
Before becoming a counsellor I worked for 20 years as a secondary school teacher and a behavioural consultant in both mainstream and pupil referral units for young people excluded from mainstream education.
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
My fees range from £60 to £75 dependant on time, frequency and location of sessions.
I offer both online and in-person sessions.
I offer a free 20 minute initial zoom or telephone consultation where we can introduce ourselves, discuss logistics and you can ask me any questions you may have. Should you choose to proceed, we can arrange an initial appointment.
The first session has an assessment style. I will ask you questions about your personal history, why you are seeking counselling at this time and what you hope to achieve from it. We can also assess mutual suitability i.e whether I am the right therapist for you.
Sessions are 50 minutes long and take place once a week at the same time, day and venue. Fees range from £60 to £75 dependent on time of day and location.
I ask for a £20 deposit at the point of booking our initial session in order to secure a room booking.
I reserve some concession slots during the day for online sessions. I offer concessions for those in financial difficulty or on a low income.