Making that decision to ask for professional help is a big one and then you need to decide which counsellor to choose. It is a very personal choice, as you want to feel understood and encouraged by an experienced counsellor who will have the confidence to guide you to your goals.
At the heart of my philosophy is the idea that by creating a safe and thoughtful space, it is possible for us to work through the issues or challenges that you are facing. I believe passionately that every human being has *what it takes” within them to live a life of their own choosing and have worked with people from all walks of life and ages. Using my skills gained from from than 30 years of counselling I will enable you to explore whatever it is that is troubling you and will bring compassion and depth to the counselling.
I use a wide variety of tools including some CBT methods and life coaching methods.
I may challenge you as a counsellor, but I aim to do this within a framework of acceptance, trust and rapport and I work with the belief that ultimately you the client have the solutions within yourself, but you might need some support in order to find them. I also work with humour (where appropriate).
Who have I helped
Over the years I have worked with a wide variety of people:
- children and adolescents
- the elderly
- people with learning difficulties
- professionals working within the care sector
- the financial sector
- some of the main areas that I work with include :
- anxiety and depression
- low self esteem
- a sense of loss of direction or purpose
- negative thinking
- domestic violence
- suicidal thoughts
Training, qualifications & experience
MY HISTORY AND QUALIFICATIONS
I have over twenty years post qualification experience. I qualified in 1996 with a Diploma in Integrative Psycho-synthesis.
I have worked with people in a variety of roles including University tutor, freelance mental health trainer, Charity Director, supervisor since 1986.
Registered member of the BACP no 562301
MA in Applied Psychoanalytic studies. The Tavistock and Portman Clinic 2002
Diploma in Consultative Supervision and Reflective Practice with Cascade Associates 2017 .
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
60 pounds per session.
When I work
I am currently available. I work on some evenings, Tuesday daytime and Saturday morning.
What happens next
When you call me, we would make an appointment to meet. The first meeting is an assessment. It normally lasts 1 hour 30 minutes. This is a mutual process where we map out the key areas that you feel need attention, where I get a sense of the bigger picture of your life and what may have brought you to counselling. This first meeting is about getting clarity and focus as well as you being able to have a space to say what needs to be said.
I offer short term ( 6 or 12 sessions) and longer term work. I would want us to review the work we are doing together every 12 weeks.
I have a brief working agreement which we could discuss at our first meeting.
Where I am based
I counsel in 2 locations: 1) Selhurst, Croydon CR0 2EN ( 15 minutes from East Croydon Station or Selhurst Station ) 2) Godalming, Surrey GU7 1NT