Life circumstances and relationships have been changing in our world and this is sometimes hard to process.
If you are facing these different life challenges and changes in your own life and want to work out your next steps, perhaps it's time to talk and see what you might need or want to do next..
I have faced a lot of big changes in my own life, living and working in different countries, adapting to new ways of living and learning through loss of some things and sadness to embrace what is new and positive. I feel strongly about people being able to have access to counselling and confidential help when it’s needed and I am dedicated to this, whether this concerns what's going on currently and its effects on people's life journeys, or whether this concerns other things in your life..
Following the release of the government roadmap out of national lockdown, I am happy to confirm that Counselling Choices FACE TO FACE services have been resumed.
I also provide ONLINE counselling or TELEPHONE counselling and I also realise that for some clients the transition over to either online or telephone counselling can sometimes be difficult due to isolation with our families or partners and so it is difficult to find the privacy for sessions in some cases. For this reason I am offering E-MAIL counselling as an alternative.
HOW DOES THIS WORK?
ONLINE COUNSELLING THROUGH VIDEO CONFERENCING
This is provided through the Zoom platform which is secure and easy to use and is the nearest thing to face to face counselling. Once you have contacted me for a session and we have agreed on a time and date and gone through the working agreement, I send you an e-mail with the link for the 60 minute meeting which you click on at the time and date of the appointment. I work with individuals and couples through this method.
ONLINE COUNSELLING THROUGH E-MAIL
Once you have contacted me for E-mail Counselling and we have gone through the working agreement you send me your first counselling e-mail. I will spend at least one hour (in line with the BACP therapeutic hour) to read your e-mail and to write a therapeutic response, attending to the issues that are coming over as important to you and important in terms of therapy according to my training and experience as a counsellor. E-mails continue between us in this way for between one and six times or more if needed.
Once you have contacted me for a session and we have agreed on a time and date and gone through the working agreement, I then contact you by telephone at the time of the appointment.
My therapeutic approach is calm and patient. I keep a very open heart and I am non-judgemental. So whatever you want to talk about, whatever is worrying you, I am here to give you my complete attention and respect, as we work together on a journey towards acceptance or change in your life. You will find a warm, professional and meaningful counsellor/client relationship in which it’s easy and comfortable for you to communicate.
As a fully qualified and experienced therapeutic counsellor, registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and member of the British Psychological Society, I work according to their regulations and guidelines for good ethical practice and work to a high standard. I attend regular ongoing private Clinical Supervision, training courses and workshops which form my Continuing Personal Development (CPD) continually required by the BACP and BPS. I offer face to face sessions in my private therapy room, or telephone sessions. I work with individuals, couples and families.
Following the government's guidelines, The Wellness Centre (Totem Wings) is continuing to provide various therapies now face to face. For these you can find Hawarden Wellness Centre on Facebook or Instagram.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc Psych (Hons) (BPS accredited)
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
L4 Diploma in Couples and Relationship Counselling (U&I Counselling)
L3 Certificate in Life Coaching
Couples Counselling (The Counselling Academy)
Supporting Male Victims of Domestic Abuse (The Mankind Initiative & CPD Standards Office)
'Transitioner’ Counselling Training for Voyager Project (Age Connect)
Volunteering and Community Engagement (ALW)
Telephone Counselling Training (Cruse)
Endings, Evaluations and Outcomes (Cruse)
Creative Journaling (Cruse)
Solution Focused Therapy (Cruse)
Helping Bereaved Children and Young People (Cruse)
Dementia Awareness Training (Cruse)
Photography as a Therapeutic Tool (Experiential Workshop)
Safeguarding Training (Cruse)
Sudden and Traumatic Death (Cruse)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Cruse)
Neuro Linguistic Programming (Cruse)
Responding to Disclosures; Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence; Equality and Diversity; Demystifying Child Sexual Exploitation; Impact of Childhood Sexual Violence; Safeguarding Children; Safeguarding Adults; Suicide (RASA-Rape and Sexual Abuse)
Theories and Skills of Family Therapy (WEA)
Awareness in Bereavement Care (Cruse/Ascentis)
Sand and Art Therapy (Experiential Workshop)
Bereavement Counselling (WEA)
Counselling Adolescents (WEA)
Counselling Skills (WEA)
TEFL (Teaching English) (I-to-I Learning)
Counselling for Teachers (Community Help Service Brussels)
Professional Registration & Membership:
Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
Graduate member of the British Psychological Society
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Stress and Anxiety
I have a special interest in Life Transitions, Life Decisions and in Relationship Difficulties
£40.00 per session
Concessions offered for
My fee for Individual Counselling is £40 per session.
My fee for Couples Counselling is £60 per session.
Life coaching is available at a rate of £45 per session.
I also offer concessions for individual counselling based on circumstances.
My fee for Individual Online Video Conferencing is £40 per session.
My fee for Couples Online Video Conferencing is £60 per session.
My fee for Online E-Mail Counselling is £25 for one therapeutic e-mail written over an hour (BACP therapeutic hour) or £125 for a group of 6 therapeutic e-mails.
My fee for Telephone Counselling is £40 per session.
I also offer concessions based on circumstances.
Face to face counselling available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, afternoons and evenings.
Online counselling available Thursday and Friday mornings, afternoons and evenings.
I hold a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, specialising in Cognitive Psychology, Child Psychology and Social Psychology, my diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and hold certificates including Theories and Skills of Family Therapy, Counselling Adolescents, Bereavement Counselling, Supporting Male Victims of Domestic Abuse, Solution Focused Therapy and others. As well as running my own private practice, I have also worked with Cruse Bereavement Services and with Families Need Fathers Both Parents Matter. I have experience working with a wide range of issues including relationship difficulties, depression, stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, family issues, sexual abuse and bereavement.
Whilst my approach is integrative, drawing from different theories according to the needs of individual clients, including Person Centred theory, Psychodynamic theory, Transactional Analysis, and CBT, some clients prefer a more structured approach for specific goals they would like to work towards in their life. This Solution Focused or Brief Therapy method is sometimes included in the way I work with certain clients in my counselling practice, when appropriate as well as with couples. Additionally, as a fully qualified life coach, I also offer life coaching as another separate service.
I take referrals from:
- Individuals & couples.
- Employee assistance programmes.
- National Health Service.
- Agencies & charities.
- Schools & colleges.