A little about me
It can sometimes be a little daunting to think about having therapy, so let me start by telling you a little about myself. I am a qualified Psychotherapist and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I have been working with clients in a range of settings for a number of years. I have experience of working therapeutically with both adults and children.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
In addition, I am also an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Practitioner, sometimes known as ‘Tapping.’ This involves using the fingers to gently tap on various meridian points on the face and body to tune into the negative patterns that you may have formed around any uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, or troubling memories. By tapping, you bring the thoughts or emotions into consciousness, allowing you to explore and process these.
Using EFT alongside traditional talking therapies can provide a really quick and effective way to get to the root of any emotional or physical issues you may be struggling with or that are holding you back, in order to bring relief, relaxation and healing. It is particularly effective for stress and anxiety related issues, trauma related issues, chronic pain, weight loss, phobias and addictions.
For more information about EFT, how it works and access to research showing its effectiveness please refer to EFT International.
What I offer
I offer a confidential and safe space for you to come and explore the issues that are causing you difficulty, so that you can begin to create change. I have a genuine desire to understand you, and I aim to create an environment, together with you, where you can be yourself fully, without fear of criticism or judgement. I am committed to understanding how you view and experience the world and the challenges and choices you face. I will support you in working through these, in order for you to develop self-understanding and explore different ways of thinking and being, to create real and lasting change in your life.
I offer both short and long term therapy depending on individual need and am quite flexible in the appointments I can offer. This would be discussed at the beginning and reviewed regularly to ensure we are always working to your requirements.
Please feel free to contact me by telephone / email where we can have a quick discussion about what is bringing you to therapy at this time and arrange for an initial assessment. An assessment gives us the opportunity to explore your difficulties a bit more in depth and for you to decide whether you feel we can work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have trained using an integrative approach as it feels important to me to have a range of therapeutic tools at my disposal. This means that each individual receives a tailored therapy that is unique to them. Ultimately, I believe it is a good therapist-client relationship that is the basis for any positive therapeutic experience. In addition to working in private practice I also work in a separate role for the NHS and have previously worked for numerous counselling organisations. These include The Leicester Counselling Centre, De Montfort University and various charities that offer specialist services for issues such as bereavement and childhood sexual abuse. I also have extensive experience working with issues related to trauma, depression, stress and anxiety.
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
I am comfortable working with most issues that people may come with and my experience is extensive. If you are unsure about whether I work with your area of particular difficulty, please feel free to give me a call for a quick chat.
For individuals experiencing severe financial difficulties, I can offer up to six sessions of free therapy. Please note this would have to be assessed and I have only one of these appointments available on my caseload at a time.