Accessing support during the Coronavirus outbreak
These are very worrying times for us all where social distancing and isolation can have an added impact on our mental health and well-being.
Online or telephone counselling can offer a means of support.
I work with individuals and couples who may be finding life hard at the moment and would like to talk through problems that are getting in the way of their happiness. Talking through things with someone who will listen properly, without judgement, can help you to unravel the issues and also help you to make sense of them.
I am an Integrative Counsellor, which means that I draw on different therapies in order to suit the unique needs of each person. I may introduce mindfulness, person centred therapy, solution focused therapy, life coaching, aspects of positive psychology or hypnotherapy into sessions as appropriate.
The relationship between myself and clients is central to the counselling process. With the foundations of a trusting, respectful and honest relationship we can work together to find insight and change.
There may be a number of reasons why you are thinking about couples therapy. It may be that communication has broken down, intimacy is a thing of the past or you have simply drifted apart. Therapy can help you to explore these issues and many more, within a safe and neutral environment. Communicating with each other in the presence of a professional therapist can really help you to hear each other fully, take a step back and respond in new ways, and ultimately see your relationship and yourselves within the relationship with a fresh perspective.
If you are considering separation, therapy can also help you to explore the best way forward in order to minimise the distress at such a difficult time.
Training, qualifications & experience
As Counsellor within a busy GP Practice for a number of years I have expertise of working with clients presenting with diverse and sometimes challenging issues. I have worked across the NHS and also within the voluntary sector and have specialised in alcohol addiction and also work with young people. I currently run a busy private practice receiving referrals from Occupational Health organisations together with private clients. Alongside private practice I provide a counselling service for a project working with the over 50's.
I work with a broad range of issues, experience includes:
Anxiety, abuse, addictions (including alcohol, gaming, gambling, shopping,) bereavement, childhood trauma, depression, health related, loss, OCD, relationships, retirement, stress, sexuality, issues relating to the ageing process and work related issues.
Utilising different approaches means I can work with most issues so please contact me if you are unsure about anything and we can discuss the options.
Qualifications and Training
Accredited with the BACP
Advanced Diploma in Counselling
Advanced Diploma in Holistic Hypnotherapy
Life Coaching Certificate
Professional Training in the Therapeutic use of Mindfulness
Certificate in Bereavement and Loss Counselling
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
Certificate in online counselling
Safeguarding Children and Young People Level 3
Alcohol brief intervention
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
9am - 8.30pm Monday to Friday
I work with clients on both a short term basis and longer term depending on the issues. Short term work may be right for you if you are dealing with a particular difficulty or issue. Some issues may be deep rooted and involve exploring issues from the past. This may necessitate a longer period of sessions.
During the first session we will discuss what you are hoping to get out of therapy and you will also have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. This will hopefully help you to decide the best way forward.
Free parking available at all times.