There are times in our lives when things happen, that we find difficult to deal with. Depression, stress and anxiety can happen for any number of reasons, and can leave us feeling like we don’t know what to do next. We can be left feeling confused, lost, not knowing if we need to make changes or if we are on the right path. We just don’t know where to start.
This is what counselling can offer- the opportunity to talk through what is happening and to be listened to by someone neutral. It can help you to recognise and explore your feelings and responses to events, and start to change the way you process these. Maybe give a new perspective or just to be supported with what you need to deal with.
Sometimes it is a rough patch, where life throws a spanner in the works, other times the problems are longer term. Someone to listen and guide you with your responses to life can create a more hopeful, positive outlook.
As a counsellor I don’t claim to be perfect, but being able to accept this, and that mistakes are what help us to grow, can help to help others move forward with their lives. We are often made to feel that we are not allowed to get things wrong, or ‘fail’, but this is part of being human and to be able to accept these things can make us stronger in the long term.
I work in an integrative style (basically means I know one size does not fit all) and we can discuss your needs when we first chat.
What to expect in the first session
When we first meet there will be an introduction before the session itself starts to discuss the details and you can ask any questions you may have. There is no charge for this introduction.
Training, qualifications & experience
I started my counselling training in 2009 and was a counsellor at a young adult centre (up to 25) for over 5 years. I have worked with people with lots of different difficulties over the years, aged from teens up to their 80s, and worked in private practice since 2015.
I completed my degree in Psychology with Criminology in 2010, and my Masters in Counselling Psychology in 2012. Part of this course involved me having my own personal therapy sessions, giving a perspective from the other side of the fence. I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Interventions and more recently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I currently work for the NHS doing CBT alongside my private work. I am also a member of the BACP
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
Concessions offered for
£45 per session.
£40 per session for those training to become therapists.
Evenings, Saturday mornings