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It's not easy to ask for help when you are struggling and making that first step in contacting a counsellor can feel daunting. Opening up to a complete stranger can be a real challenge and of course you will be hoping that you will feel understood by the counsellor and more importantly, get on with them. If you have never been to counselling before you will not know what to expect and will be curious as to whether the counsellor's theoretical model and style of communication will fit with the kind of person you are. Therefore, if you are worried that I will sit there staring at you for an hour whilst you do all the work then don't worry. That's not me. My style is more interactive but I predominantly work in a person-centred way which means that I work with what you present and don't follow my own agenda.
I strive from our very first contact, to help you feel at ease and to work in a down to earth and natural way. By offering you respect, understanding and support without judgement, I hope that I can help you grow in confidence and understand more about the roots of your difficulties. Counselling is a collaborative effort and so my aim is to work along side you and to help you 'tell your story' and to assist you in working out what the limitations may be that are stopping you from pursuing a more authentic and meaningful life. The goal should always be what is best for you and I will always work at your pace.
I have over 20 years experience in a therapeutic setting working with individuals, couples and families covering a range of issues. I have experience of working with depression, attachment issues, anxiety, relationship difficulties, bereavement, sex and sexuality concerns, domestic violence, separation, low self esteem and many other things that are difficult to come to terms with by ourselves. I fully appreciate that paying for counselling and finding time to attend sessions whilst balancing your busy work/life schedules can be difficult and so I work flexibly with regard how often you should attend and at what times. Each session lasts for 60 minutes.
One area of specialism that I have is in helping those individuals who have been adopted as well as couples who are planning to adopt and those who have already adopted their children. I presently offer adoption support through the Barnardo's.Adoption Agency
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (BACP Accredited Course) 1999
Diploma in Social Work (Open University) 2005 (HCPC Registered)
RSA Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling 1995
Approved Early Placement Therapist with Barnardo's Adoption Services
Approved Attachment Focussed Therapist with Barnardo's Adoption Services
Approved Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities Parenting group facilitator (Race Equality Foundation) 2007
Dealing with conflict
Attachment style interviews
Health & safety at work
Dealing with difficult people
Family therapy with children
Webster-Stratton parenting programme
1999 to present: Counsellor working with individuals and couples.
2016 to present: Early Placement and Attachment focussed counsellor with Barnardo's offering counselling to adoptive families.
2005-2010: Qualified Social Worker working with children and families in the area of child protection including parenting assessments and individual/couple and family therapy/support.
2010-Present: Qualified social worker carrying out prospective adopter assessments and offering post placement support.to adopters and their children
(OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE)
1989-1994: Hostels Officer with Homeless families
1994-2005: Welfare Rights Worker with Homeless families and Asylum seekers
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.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with all issues surrounding adoption. Including individuals who have been adopted, couples planning to adopt and couples who already have an adoption placement.I offer adoption support through the Barnardo's Adoption agency.
I charge £50ph for individuals and £60ph for couples. Sessions are a full 60 minutes.