Thank you for visiting my profile. My name is Fiona and I offer face to face, telephone or online counselling and walk and talk therapy. I am a counsellor qualified to work with adults and children and a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) adhering to their ethical framework.
My training was integrative meaning that I can draw upon different theories to tailor my approach to suit you. However, the most important aspect for me is the therapeutic relationship which enables you to explore, in a safe and contained way, those thoughts and feelings which may be troubling you and to gently discover the origin of these through looking at early life experiences. A shared understanding of any difficulties you may be experiencing may help you to identify patterns of behaviour and see the way to make changes. I work towards offering you warmth and empathy and a safe non-judgmental space within which to make sense of your thoughts and feelings.
I think that the pandemic has brought up issues for many of us and it is not always easy to talk to family and friends about these. This is where counselling can be helpful. It can be difficult making the decision to have counselling and hard to choose a counsellor. I offer a free initial session, either face to face or on the telephone during which we can discuss your requirements; I can explain the way I work, enabling you to make an informed choice as to whether I am the right therapist for you.
I aim to work at your pace and offer short or long- term counselling to suit you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling March 2018
Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling March 2019
Graduate Certificate in Systemic Approaches to Working with Individuals, Families and Organisations (Foundation) from University of Essex and The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
Level 6 Diploma in Rape and Sexual Abuse October 2020
B.Ed (Hons) 1981 (Goldsmiths College University of London)
I have been working with East Kent Rape Crisis Centre since August 2016, and continue to do so, where I work with women, children and men who have suffered any form of sexual abuse.
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
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
I charge £40 for a 50 minute session although concessionary rates are available for students.