Thank you for taking the time to check me out. I hope I can give you an idea here about how I work that will help you to decide whether counselling is something you will take on at this time, and whether you feel I can help you further.
There are many reasons people come to counselling. Sometimes you have worries or concerns that can seem so overwhelming that it really helps to talk them out; sometimes you need to understand aspects of your past that seem to be getting in the way of present day life; sometimes it feels that you are battling with thoughts, or behaviours, that don't feel right; sometimes life seems to stop in its' tracks when we face the devastating loss of someone we love. It may also be that you have reached a point in life where you want to develop yourself beyond your current attainments.
How I would help
I offer a safe, warm, confidential and non-judgemental approach, either in my home consulting room or by phone. I am a humanistic, integrative counsellor and psychotherapist and believe that the relationship between myself and, you, the client, is at the heart of you experiencing therapeutic benefit from counselling.
I would usually suggest that we have a session to establish whether we feel we could work together. We would initially explore what brought you to counselling at this point in your life, and what approach would be most beneficial. If we decided to continue, I would normally suggest 6 weekly sessions as being the sort of time frame to allow us to get our teeth into an issue.
I usually work one to one with individuals, but sometimes with couples, or business partners, and we meet at my home consulting room, or by phone and facetime.
Issues I have worked with
Some of the typical issues that people are trying to deal with are anxiety, depression, bereavement, stress, low self-esteem, anger management, relationship issues, sexual issues, identity issues, career achievement and development, domestic violence, abuse, self-harm and addictions.
If you have unanswered questions at this point please do get in touch and I promise to return all calls as fast as possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered counsellor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapists (BACP). I offer an integrative approach to counselling and psychotherapy, and am trained in various methods, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and existential therapy. Above all I think that the relationship between client and counsellor is key, and will help establish which therapeutic approaches will help.
In 2009 I gained a diploma of Higher Education in Counselling from the University of Southampton. I counselled with Cruse Bereavement Care from 2008 to 2014, and became a supervisor for them in 2011. I also spent 7 years working with Life Changes Charity which offers general counselling to the citizens of Southampton.
I have had my own coaching practise since 2005, and with a background in the business world, offer an approach of individual growth and development, as well as therapeutic support for wellbeing issues.
I regularly continue to undertake professional development which may range from updating on domestic violence support, to dynamic psychotherapy, to specific trans-gender issues. I also attend regular supervision.
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
My charge for individuals is £45 for a 50 minute session.
I offer an initial session for £20.
Businesses and organisations should apply direct to me to establish charges.
8 am to 2 pm Mondays to Thursdays. Evenings and other times by arrangement
Parking is available in front of my house.
My counselling room is fairly accessible for a disabled person, with only a lip at the front door. I would suggest you discuss your needs with me before you come.