I am trained as an ‘integrative’ counsellor, allowing a variety of techniques and ideas within my counselling practice. My main inspiration is Carl Rogers’ approach of ‘person centred therapy’, which is non-directive and relies on the authenticity of the counsellor. I believe that it is the quality of the counselling relationship, rather than any particular approach or technique which creates a truly therapeutic and beneficial experience for the client. I aim to achieve certain ‘core conditions’ within the therapeutic environment, including respect, warmth, empathy and unconditional positive regard. The counselling relationship is unique and very different from our interactions with friends and relatives. It provides a special setting in which a person can achieve acceptance and understanding, explore their feelings, express their needs and work towards finding solutions for the difficulties they are experiencing in their life.
I am also inspired by the ‘skilled helper’ model created by Egan; it is an approach which is designed to help people “to manage their problems in living more effectively and develop unused opportunities more fully”. This theory of counselling involves working with the client’s own agenda, and their hopes, aims and objectives. It is not the counsellor’s role to advise the client about the best course of action or tell them how they should live their life.
I have a problem-focused approach to therapy. Whilst it is sometimes very important to reflect on things which happened in the past, I am also concerned with helping the client to actively explore and address problems which are occurring now, in order to make things better in the future.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a special interest in the following areas: Anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD/Asperger’s Syndrome), bereavement and loss, workplace conflict and workplace stress, infertility, relationship issues, parenting issues, alcohol issues and addiction, childhood abuse. I worked in the public sector as a workplace counsellor for 5 years and I was also in private practice in London for several years.
- BSc Psychology (1992)
- Postgraduate Diploma Counselling (1999)
- MA Counselling and Psychotherapy (2001)
- BACP registered member
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
I charge £50 per session. Sessions last one hour. Weekend and evening sessions are available for the same rate.
I am available to provide face-to-face counselling sessions in Stroud, Gloucestershire, and sessions can also be conducted over the phone or online via Zoom, Skype, Teams, FaceTime or any other online services which are available.
Face-to-face counselling takes place in a discreet, non-clinical setting close to the centre of Stroud.
Each counselling session lasts one hour and will usually take place at the same time and on the same day each week.
I am available for short-term and long-term counselling. In some cases the best results are achieved through ‘brief counselling’ which involves the client setting personal goals and working towards these targets with support from the counselling process, over 6- 12 sessions. Working within a ‘brief counselling’ model helps the client to focus clearly on what they want to achieve. However, the length of the counselling relationship will depend on the client’s individual needs, and how helpful they are finding the counselling process.