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 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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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