At this time of high anxiety in a rapidly changing world I wanted to re-assure everyone that I am still working hard to support you during this difficult time. In response to Covid-19, all my Counselling and Therapy sessions are being conducted remotely via video-conferencing (ZOOM) or telephone.
About me and my counselling practice:
I am an accredited member of the BACP and, as a very experienced therapist who has been working with a wide range of clients since 2009, my main motto is that the client is at the core of all therapy.
I truly believe that each client is unique and I tailor each session to their needs. It is my job to provide the safe space required for them to explore their feelings free of judgement and in the knowledge that they will always be heard, providing them with the necessary conditions to develop and change.
I have a great deal of experience working with adults, groups, teenagers and secondary school children and over ten years of experience working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, domestic abuse, immediate trauma (rape) and supporting the family members of those abused.
I work with individuals, couples, groups and also provide training, mentoring and coaching for different organisations.
I tailor my approach to suit each client and their requirements, always in-keeping with the ethical framework of the BACP.
I believe in constantly expanding my therapeutic knowledge and set of skills and this is why I have now also qualified as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist which is proving invaluable in working with anxiety, depression, phobias and many other mental health issues.
I offer counselling in a discreet, purpose-built counselling room with private parking as well as flexible hours to suit the client's needs. The initial consultation is free so please contact me by phone or email for further details.
How can counselling help?
If you feel anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, overworked, confused, angry, worthless, restricted by some negative beliefs and lack of self-esteem or are experiencing specific difficulties and you can acknowledge the fact that sometimes in life we need help then please get in touch.
Perhaps you are faced with an impossible decision? Asking for help can be the hardest step to take in a fast-paced world where you are just expected to cope and to 'get on with it.' Whether you want to make changes in your life, reach milestone decisions, set new goals or simply find a space to be heard and explore your feelings and thoughts without judgement, expectation or agenda then I can offer you just what you need.
What to expect in your first session?
The first session is free and is designed to know each other before any commitment is made. It is the perfect opportunity for me to understand what you want and need as a client, what has led you to counselling and to understand your expectations. I will provide you with some background and discuss my specific approach as a counsellor and how I see us working together. At this point we can agree a way forward:
- make an agreement to work together
- you as a client may want to consider reflecting on your options and we will agree a follow up date to check in and see how you are feeling
- you as a client may decide that counselling is not something you want to engage in right now or I may be able to help with an alternative solution such as a referral or alternative suggestions.
Whatever is agreed will already make you feel better because you have taken control and you have made that first step to make a change, it will also stop you wondering "what if?".
Training, qualifications & experience
- ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Translation
- Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Theory
- Accredited Member of the BACP
- Extensive Training in working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse as well as immediate trauma (rape)
- Group Therapy Training
- Currently Training to become a Counselling Supervisor
Ten years experience as a general counsellor working at:
- Nottingham Trent University- Counselling Service 2014-2015
- CASY- Counselling and Support for young people ( I worked there as a volunteer and once I completed my training in 2013 as a paid counsellor) 2010 and then 2013-2015
- ISAS- Incest and Sexual Abuse Survivors February 2010- July 2018. I worked here as a volunteer and for the last tow years 2016-2018 as the clinical lead for the Newark/Worksop areas.
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
I am able to offer flexible hours including evenings and Saturdays.