I am an integrative trained counsellor, which means that I have been trained in several different key psychological philosophies (for those that like the information; Psychodynamic, Humanistic and CBT).
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and work to the BACP code of ethics
My beginnings in the field of psychology started back in 1999, when I studied at Swansea University for a BSc in Psychology. I eventually graduated with a 2:1. After this I found work in the ‘field’ as a drug and alcohol worker. During this time I began working with highly vulnerable Homeless people and learnt about the debilitating effects of issues such as; loss of self-esteem, depression, anxiety and grief to name but a few of the problems that many of us are faced with in society today.
My next role was working in a Rehabilitation unit for people suffering from Alcoholism. It was during this time that I began my studies in counselling. I completed a Certificate in Humanistic Counselling, before achieving a Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling. Recently I have been working with people and families with Learning Disabilities. Even more recently I have begun working in local schools as a schools counsellor and working with young people in the valleys areas, so my experiences are wide ranging.
My method of working is collaborative, meaning, I will always work in collaboration with you, as I believe you know your own needs far better than I could!!
Working in this way offers you the chance to create your own goals and to design your own future, and by talking it through and structuring it at your own pace.
I do not work to any fixed time programme of counselling. It is an open-ended process. It is primarily up to you as clients to decide how long counselling should continue. I will ensure that we regularly review the usefulness of counselling to you, and will help you to establish clear aims and objectives.
Training, qualifications & experience
Degree in Psychology from University of Wales, Swansea (2:1), 1999.
Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills from University of Wales, Newport, 2009.
Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling: Integrative Pathway from University of Wales, Newport, 2012.
Currently training for a Masters in Post Graduate Child and Young Persons counselling from University of Wales, Newport, due to finish 2014.
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
An introductory session will cost £25, during this session you will be able to see if you feel able to work with me and to ask any question you think could be important for your process. If you decide that you want to continue working together then the charge will be £35 per 60 minute session. However, I am able to offer subsides or work on an income based sliding scale and will always work with you in this regard. Please feel to contact me regarding this issue.
I also offer home visits within 6 miles of Newport and Chepstow if requested, or if you are unable to travel.
If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to call or email me. It will give us both the opportunity to discuss your needs further.
I work to a strict code of ethics and keep all client information confidential as outlined by the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). What is said during the session will remain in the session. I will keep notes of our sessions as these benefit my practice and your therapy. At the end of our time all notes will be destroyed. I do not keep any notes in a computerised form.
If for any chance we should meet outside of the Therapeutic arena I will not greet you. I am not being rude, this is because for some their therapy is a private thing and they don’t wish others to know that they are receiving counselling. However, if you choose to speak to me I will always reply.
My practice is in a very quiet area and offers you complete discretion and privacy, whilst also providing a warm, comfortable, caring environment. I look forward to hearing from you.
To book an appointment, or for more information, you can contact me via email on email@example.com or ring me on 07595227426.