Firstly I would like to welcome you to my profile. My name is Fiona - some of you may recognize me from my years of working at the Andover Crisis and Support Centre – a refuge for women and women with children escaping domestic abuse. Our service was open to all members of the community – women, men, couples and young people from the age of 16.
We hear so many figures about the physical effects of COVID but very little about the effect this pandemic is having on our mental health. For so many it is increasing their anxiety, stress and low mood. I am here to offer my help. For example:
- If you looking for help to reduce stress or anxiety in your life?
- If you experiencing anger, low mood, the effects of trauma, abuse or loneliness?
- If you find your mind is full of racing or negative thoughts that seem impossible to switch off?
- If you would like to improve your relationships?
- If you procrastinate – and would like to stop!
The collaborative, non-judgmental and open relationship between a therapist and client is the key to successful therapy and bringing about change. Such a relationship with open and trusting communication - without fear of criticism – can bring about an improved sense of wellbeing. You can explore new ways of coping with difficult feelings and experiences in an empathic, confidential and supportive environment.
I adhere to the ethical framework of the BACP of which I am an Accredited Member. Your wellbeing is my highest priority.
In addition I am a Counselling Psychologist – registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council – and have 23 years experience. I am also a member of the British Psychological Society and the Hampshire Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
I have worked as Head of Counselling in a women’s refuge for 23 years – where our Counselling Service was open to the community. I have worked with men and women of all ages -from 16 upwards. Now I am beginning my own private practice – working from home.
What I can help with
The issues I work with are many, varied and include: abuse, anger, anxiety, bereavement, depression, emotional eating, relationship problems, self-harm grief, loss, stress, being stuck, work-related issues, procrastination, redundancy, lack of self-worth or confidence and trauma - which is one of my areas of special interest. I am passionate about making a difference.
The types of therapy I can offer include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.
Currently I am offering telephone and online counselling only to minimize the risk of contracting or passing on COVID. With this in mind, if you would like to start working with me, I would send you some paperwork by email. I would then ask you to read, fill in and sign it - then return it to me before our first session.
It is my hope that you will leave our first session feeling glad that you made this courageous and significant step on your counselling journey.
We will also talk through the contract and I will look to find out more about you – your support system, your interests, how your problem is affecting you and what it was that led to you deciding you would like to try counselling. Confidentiality and safeguarding are key topics in our first session too. Together we will look at the CORE: OM form I will have sent you – which will give us some information into how you have been feeling over the last week. If there are elements of risk we will discuss this first. We may review the CORE:OM form every 6-8 weeks so we can see progression – or where a particular issue for you needs to be addressed further.
Clients I work with
Young people (from the age of 16), Adults (of any age) and Trainees.
You are very welcome to email me if you have any questions. I will not charge for this.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist. I have a MSc. in Counselling Psychology and a BSc. (hons) in Psychology.
I am also a member of the British Psychological Society, and accredited member of the BACP.
I have 24 years of experience working at the Andover Crisis and Support Centre and am now starting a small private practice.
I undertake regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
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
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
I charge £50 per session but you are welcome to contact me about concessions.
The first appointment time I can offer is 9am although in some circumstances I can offer an 8am appointment. My last appointment time of the day is generally 3:30/4pm.
Currently I am working from home in a peaceful and confidential space.