Life can present challenges and changes that might feel overwhelming and hard to deal with. Sometimes it is difficult to cope and events and life cycles can make us feel differently about the world we inhabit or force us into situations that we struggle to be in or get out of.
I hope that I can help to provide an opportunity for you to explore where you are and what troubles you, in a way that is non-judgemental, safe and confidential.
Working through difficulties can be uncomfortable and challenging and insightful and fulfilling. Helping to create an honest and trusting relationship with you is crucial to helping with whatever you bring to counselling and to allow you to feel respected and heard.
Clients that I have worked with have said they have gained a sense of self-awareness through the counselling process, that has helped them to understand their difficulties. They have gained awareness of how sometimes past and present events or influences have shaped their view of themselves and others. The opportunity to talk through struggles and difficulties has allowed them to look at the possibilities of a better life for them and for those around them.
Counselling is an opportunity to review, heal and repair and I would work in a way that is manageable and feasible for you.
The first counselling session as an opportunity for you to decide whether you feel comfortable working with me and for me to find out if I might be the right person to help you.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified and accredited counsellor and hold a postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling. This means that I use a variety of approaches to my work, such as Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), Relational, Psychodynamic and Person-Centred/Humanistic and Transpersonal.
I have also obtained a Diploma in Integrative and Transpersonal Supervision and see trainee and qualified counsellors on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis.
I have worked extensively as a counselling therapist, mental health practitioner and support adviser in Education, Hospital and Therapy agency settings. I have worked with clients from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds, ages and life experiences. I have specific experience and training in dealing with anxiety and depression and trauma, domestic abuse and using applied suicide intervention skills.
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
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