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Counselling Psychologist

About me

I have over twenty years experience in providing psychological counselling in both primary healthcare and secondary mental healthcare, after having previously worked for two cancer charities. I currently work privately part-time with individual adults of any age, balanced with my own self-care, love of walking, the natural world, and my labrador dogs.

What can Counselling offer?

Are you stuck at home, dealing with the restrictions of lockdown, fearful of illness, separated from loved ones perhaps, or dealing with tensions within your household, or worried about how this is all going to end? Counselling is available during these times of uncertainty and distancing.

We all need to find creative solutions to overcome disconnection and fear or actual loss. You may be looking for help to build your resilience to cope with life difficulties, or have problems that feel overwhelming. Being able to explore in the safety of a confidential counselling relationship can be helpful.

My approach

My approach to therapy will be tailored to your needs, and according to the time frame you wish to work within, be it focussed short-term counselling, or longer term personal development or support. Do check out my website to learn more about my practice, and resources about mental health.

How we would connect

Due to Covid-19 I currently offer sessions remotely using either phone or video links, via platforms such as Zoom, Whereby, or WhatsApp. I am also developing outside therapy - talking whilst walking - for those who are open to working that way. Only when it feels safe to do so, shall I return to face to face work inside.

I can offer flexibility of time availability on weekdays (daytime or evening), lengths of sessions (either 20 minutes or 50 minutes, priced accordingly), and frequency.

Training, qualifications & experience

My journey of training as a Counselling Psychologist spanned some 15 years in mid-life, and has involved the inter-weaving of training in counselling, counselling psychology and integrative psychotherapy. I draw from the insights I have gained through my own life experiences and from the many trainers and colleagues I have been fortunate enough to learn from.

Relevant qualifications

  • MSc Psychological Counselling – Roehampton 1995
  • Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy – Metanoia 2004
  • Qualification in Counselling Psychology – British Psychological Society 2007

Registrations

  • Bacp Senior Accredited Counsellor
  • Hcpc Counselling Psychologist
  • BPS Chartered Psychologist

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Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BPS

British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society

HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Strengthening resilience; Post-traumatic growth; IVF/assisted conception; Life transitions; Adjustment to change; Life threatening illness;

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£60 per 50 minute session for self-funding clients, with some concessionary rates.
I am registered with health insurance providers for those that have such cover.

When I work

I offer evening appointments Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays; and some daytime appointments Tuesday to Fridays.

Further information

Choosing a therapist is very personal; it is important that you feel able to connect with confidence and safety, and that the therapist has appropriate experience. Please do contact me by email or phone to discuss what you are looking for and whether I would be the right therapist for you. There is no charge for this.

Dorking, Surrey, RH4

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

When face to face work can be resumed, I can offer wheelchair user access.

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