I am a counsellor/therapist with over 25 years’ experience in the public, educational and charitable sectors. Deciding to come for counselling is often not an easy decision, but I hope to reassure you during our initial session about how it can help, and to work with you, at pace and level that you feel comfortable with. The experience of counselling offers you a supportive, non-judgmental space to explore your private and personal feelings, and thoughts - perhaps those you’ve never shared with anyone, or looked at, before. I aim to offer you that valuable space, and to explore with you, in a deeper way, the various aspects of your life and relationships. This may involve looking at some difficult or even painful memories from the past, or looking at the feelings that you are experiencing now and how they are affecting you and your relationships. We will work together and explore your feelings, with the aim of leading you towards a greater understanding of yourself, and your emotions and patterns.
I work with people with a variety of issues - relationship difficulties – both family and couple, people with low mood, low self-esteem, depression and/or anxiety, and many other various issues. It could be that your situation is less easily definable – or you're not quite sure how you're feeling, but you don't feel that your life, or relationships, are how they should be. Having a space where you can safely and freely explore who you are, without judgement, with someone you trust, can be very beneficial.
I work from a Client centred, or person centred perspective, but am also strongly influenced by psychodynamic theory. Depending on my clients’ needs, I may draw on other many theories or ways of working, such as CBT, psychosynthesis, solution-focused or systemic. During our first session together, we can discuss how I work, and how our sessions might look, so that you can make an informed choice about having counselling with me.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been involved in psychology/counselling since the 90’s and have provided thousands of hours of therapy to clients. I have worked for the NHS, Universities and private companies providing psychological services.
Bsc (Hons) Psychology 1993 Middlesex University (2:1)
Assisting on Post Doctoral Course - Clinical Hypnotherapy (1992) Sheffield University
Post Graduate Advanced Diploma in Counselling 2007 Bristol University
CBT Training 2009 – Jacqui Porter Training (Chartered Counselling Psychologist)
Couples Counselling – Jill Gabriel Couples Counselling Course 2011-12
Sexual issues in couple relationships
Working with and managing violence in young people
Freud and psychodynamic theory
Hypnotherapy and visualizations
Coping with Suicide
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I work from a comfortable study at home in Shaftesbury, Dorset and at rooms in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. You are welcome to contact me and arrange to have an initial session (50 minutes) and see whether you feel we may work together and if counselling might work for you – this session is £30. My fees for the sessions are £45 a session (of 50 mins) for individuals, and £55 for couples (1 hr). Concessions are available on request.