Following relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions, I have created safe arrangements (see * under 'venue information') for meeting in person. If you prefer, I am also continuing to offer therapy via Zoom video.
Please get in touch if you'd value support. I offer a free initial 30 minute meeting, either in person or via Zoom.
Welcome to 'Hope Matters Therapy', my private practice. Since 2014, many people have greatly valued this independent space as, whilst well meaning, family and friends can feel too close to talk to, or be less available due to their own issues.
With much experience as a BACP accredited Integrative counsellor, and additionally as an UKCP accredited Gestalt psychotherapist, I offer professional therapeutic support to adults, couples, and teens (aged 12+) looking for warm, yet confidential and professional therapy.
I enjoy supporting people in wide ranging issues, including:
- challenging marital, family, or other, relationship difficulties
- loss and bereavement
- low self esteem and confidence
- feeling stuck, finding it hard getting back on your feet
Any one of us can struggle with our mental health at times. This, and trauma, are areas I am especially passionate about working with, including, for example:
- anxiety, stress, panic attacks, phobias, etc
- difficulties resulting from attachment issues, or trauma or abuse, e.g. post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); dissociation
- monitoring medication prescribed for mental health reasons
I offer both long and short term therapy.
The first session is a chance for you to ask questions and allows us to explore what style and length of therapy will be most helpful to your individual situation. We can identify goals to work towards together, including:
- gaining greater self-awareness, compassion and acceptance
- finding new choices, coping strategies and hope
We will review our work together regularly. Endings are an important part of the process, so we will plan together for an ending that is satisfying and supportive to you.
As a Christian, I am interested in the place spirituality has within therapy, and enjoy sharing journeys with people from all faith and spiritual backgrounds, and from none.
I am often told I have a deep level of empathy and understanding for others. This I believe comes partly from my own valued experiences of being in therapy, which has been a significant part of helping me work through tangles in my personal life journey.
Finally...as an ancient Chinese proverb says,
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step".
If you feel ready to step out on that journey and would like to find a fellow traveller to accompany you, then I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications, training and experience:
My qualifications include:
- MSc (2020) in Gestalt Psychotherapy, The Metanoia Institute, London.
- CPCAB Diploma (2014) in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling, Willows, Swindon
My Gestalt training reflects my commitment to developing a strong therapeutic relationship to support the work.
Gestalt is a German word meaning 'whole'. Believing that as human beings we cannot separate our bodies, minds and emotions, I work holistically, for example, helping you notice and pay attention to sensations arising within your body. Such feelings often contain important messages, e.g. that you are in touch with anxiety or anger. Hence becoming more in tune with our bodies is very supportive generally, also a valuable part of healing trauma.
I also draw from: Creative therapy; Transactional Analaysis (TA); Mindfulness; Sensorimotor psychotherapy; Compassion Focussed Therapy; Psychoeducation; Neuroscience; Polyvagal Theory.
Previous additional training includes:
- Various courses in working with children, young people and families.
My continued professional development training includes:
- Diploma in Contemporary Trauma practice (Relational Change)
- COVID 19 Telehealth course - "Moving Your Practice Online" (training provider - Online Therapy Institute) (March-April 2020)
- Couples counselling
- Certificate in Supervision, Centre for Supervision and Team Development (CSTD) Bath.
- B Ed (Hons) in Teaching
- Post Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs (Visual Impairment)
I am a member of the following professional bodies:
- BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), as a Registered and accredited member (MBACP Accred)
- UKCP (United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists), as a trainee Psychotherapist
- ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors), as a registered member
- UKAGP (United Kingdom Association of Gestalt Practitioners), as a trainee member
- EAGT (European Association for Gestalt Therapy)
A little more about me...
Why did I continue training as a psychotherapist?
For me, training as a psychotherapist grew from my passion for my counselling and supported me to become more informed and reflective about my work. As a student, I found engaging in my own personal weekly therapy invaluable in giving me fuller understanding of my own process, which in turn supports me to work at deeper relational levels with clients. My five year psychotherapy training included two NHS based mental health placements. These gave me important insight into mental health conditions, medication and services available. This, along with additional training, supports me to work with more complex issues including trauma, attachment and personality adaptations. (www.nhs.uk/conditions/Psychotherapy)
In addition to my private practice, I have also been:
- a senior peripatetic counsellor, and clinical supervisor, with TIC+, a Gloucestershire charity offering counselling to young people aged 9 - 21 years.
- a volunteer counsellor (5 years) with Willows Counselling Service in Swindon, where I gained a wealth of training and experience in working with trauma, dissociation and disrupted attachment.
Counselling and psychotherapy weren't my original background. Previously, I worked as a primary teacher, before moving into special needs education where I specialised in working with young people aged 0 - 18 year who were registered either blind or visually impaired. I chose to retrain as a counsellor as I realised that my real passion was in supporting people of all ages in a more holistic way.
I named my private practice, 'Hope Matters Therapy' because of my deep belief that for all of us as human beings, being able to find and hold onto hope is an essential part of our well being.
Central to my work as a therapist, I am a wife, and a mother to three adult children, my youngest of whom was adopted internationally. Today, my family today is becoming ever more multicultural, with five different countries being represented, reflecting my love for difference and diversity.
To relax, I enjoy walking my two Romanian rescue dogs and learning from them about survival, learning to trust again, healing from pain and unconditional love.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am also passionate about working with:
- Survivors of trauma, abuse and disrupted attachment.
- Personality diagnoses (e.g. borderline, narcissistic and schizoid). I prefer to call these personality 'adaptations' or 'disrupted attachment issues' as see them as arising, through no fault of our own, from relationships often in early life. I can offer you support with these adaptations in a relational, non-shaming way.
- Counsellors, including students, wanting their own therapy.
- Clergy, ministers of religion.
- Cultural diversity.
- Ecotherapy using the outdoor space
From £55.00 to £65.00
Free initial in-person or online session
Concessions offered for
£55 for individual therapy (adults) - 50 minutes.
£65 for couples therapy - 60 minutes
£55 minutes for individual therapy (under 18s) - 50 minutes. (N. B. I offer an initial assessment lasting 75 minutes, where I meet with the whole family for the first part, then with the young person alone. For this, I charge the pro-rata rate of £82.50.)
(N. B. During working on-line, I am offering the first initial meeting of up to 20 minutes at no charge)
However, I believe that therapy should be available to everyone, so offer a few day time concessions to those on low income, ministers of religion, and student counsellors needing their own therapy. Currently I don't have any concession spaces available, though can offer you the contact details of someone who does. Please ask if interested.
I offer clinical supervision to both student and qualified counsellors - please see my separate profile.
I accept payment by bank transfer (BACS).
I offer weekday early morning, day-time and evening sessions. Please get in touch to see if you and I can find a mutually suitable day and time.
£55 for 50 minutes (individuals and young people aged 12+)
£65 for 60 minutes (couples)
I offer concessions for: those on low income, benefits; counselling/psychotherapy students; ministers of religion.
I also offer a free initial 30 minute consultation.
I offer day time or early evening sessions during the week. Counselling usually works best when we can meet on the same day and time each week, although I can sometimes be accommodating if shift work means you need greater flexibility.
Venue information OR further information
I use a comfortable, confidential room within my home, with private cloakroom facility. However, I am also passionate about using the outdoors for therapy, believing that nature provides an invaluable space for facilitating healing. Here there are various outdoor areas, so you can choose to work inside, outside or to blend both.
There is free parking, with bus and train routes close by. If coming by train, Malvern Link station is a 1.2 miles walk.
Being based in Malvern, Worcestershire, I am within easy reach from other areas including: Worcester; Tewkesbury; Ledbury; Ross-on-Wye; Hereford. Additionally, Cheltenham and Gloucester are approximately 40 minutes by car, also a train service connects.
* Covid-19 safety arrangements - For 'in person' sessions, I offer well ventilated room which has a two metre space between us and is left empty for at least 30 minutes between each use. I cover the sofa with a cotton bed sheet that I wash after each person. I also ask that you use the cloakroom on arrival to wash your hands. If you would prefer for either yourself or I to wear face coverings, please ask.
My contact details:
You are welcome to contact me by phone or email. If I unable to answer immediately, I will return your call or message as soon as possible. I look forward to hearing from you.