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I would like to tell you a little about myself and the services I offer so you can decide if I might be a good fit for you.
I am an accredited Human Givens Counsellor and Psychotherapist based in the heart of Kent. My priority is to provide you with a calm, empathetic environment in which you can share whatever you want to discuss, explore your feelings and help you find solutions. Your problems may relate to relationships, past experiences, current life challenges, issues at work, or they may not seem to be connected to anything. Working together I can help you deal with your current situation, identify and change unhelpful patterns of behaviour and help you build a personal ‘tool kit’ of skills and knowledge with achievable goals to help you maintain your well-being into the future.
What are ‘The Human Givens’?
I studied a number of traditional counselling and therapy techniques (such as person-centred, CBT, psychodynamic) before I discovered the Human Givens; based on our emotional needs, combined with elements of proven therapies (such as cognitive therapy, behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy, solution focused approaches, motivational interviewing, reflective listening and hypnotherapy), simple language and the latest neuroscience, it is an incredibly effective form of therapy.
At the heart of the HG approach is the principle that we all have emotional needs, just as we have physical needs, such as our need for security, to be part of a community, or to have a sense of purpose. If our needs are met in balance, we flourish. However, if our needs are not met, or we misuse our natural ‘resources’ (for example our imagination, rational thinking) we can find ourselves emotionally distressed; these can manifest in many different ways, for example as depression, addictive behaviour, anxieties or phobias. By looking at what is missing, or being misused, we can find ways to better meet your needs.
It’s essential that you find the right therapist for you so I offer an initial no-obligation 20 minute call to explore how we could work together and for you to decide if you feel comfortable with me. If you would like to continue then we can agree a date and time for our first session. Each session lasts for one hour, either on-line or face to face. The number of sessions you have will depend on what you need – the average is 4-6 however some clients need more for more complex problems, some less. At this time I can offer socially distanced face to face sessions if you feel comfortable, otherwise sessions can be held over Skype, Zoom or as a phone call. In some instances I can make home visits.
If you would like to have an informal chat please contact me, either by text message or by email. If I am unable to reply immediately I will get back to you within 24 hours.
I’m based in Southborough, just on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells, with plenty of off-street parking and good bus links to both Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge stations. The practice offers a calm, comfortable space and a confidential environment. I am fully insured, have enhanced DBS clearance and regular supervision. As a member of the Human Givens Institute I am bound by their Code of Ethics.
Training, qualifications & experience
Human Givens Diploma
BACP Certificate in Counselling
Areas of expertise
The flexible approach enables me to help clients with a broad range of problems and challenges, including stress or anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, recovery from serious illness and workplace issues. I work with a number of regional organisations specialising in cancer and addiction support so have a particular interest in helping those recovering from long-term illness and those impacted by the addictive behaviour of a family member or friend.
Prior to practicing as a counsellor and psychotherapist I spent many years in the corporate world, often taking the role of team leader, coach or mentor. I experienced first-hand many of the work place challenges that I help my clients with such as stress, anxiety, workplace bullying, loss of confidence and redundancy, to name a few. I also run mental health sessions and workshops (at present on-line) based on the Human Givens approach to support employees and team leaders.
Human Givens Institute
The Human Givens Institute (HGI) is both a membership organisation and a professional body representing the interests of those in the caring and teaching professions who have an interest in or utilise the human givens approach. Counselling Directory register Registered Members (MHGI) and Fellow Members (FHGI), who will have completed the Post Graduate Practitioner's Assessment (Part III) and who are fully qualified to practise as a human givens therapist or counsellor. 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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Recovery from long-term illness
Support for family members or friends caring for those with addictive behaviours
Face to face - £70 per one hour session
On-line - £50 per one hour session
Workshops and training - fees available on request