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BA, Dip Counselling, Dip Counselling Supervision
Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 9th January 2023

About me

What I Offer

I have over 25 yrs experience of offering therapeutic support. I am committed to providing a safe, caring, ethical and professional relationship that keeps the needs of my clients central.  Coming to counselling can feel daunting, and I have a deep respect for anyone who makes that step. Yet counselling can really make a difference when things get tough. Feeling heard, understood, and genuinely accepted, helps.

I am willing to walk alongside you, helping you identify, understand and address your difficulties. You may already know 'what's the matter', or you may just sense something's not right in your life. You may feel desperate, or you may simply want to explore who you are and who you aspire to be.

Whatever it is, we can find ways to actively work together, easing your distress and healing what hurts. We can figure out what suits you best in terms of time and commitment.

My approach

My approach is humanistic and, more specifically 'person centred' and 'emotion focused' which basically means that the way I practice will be tailored to you as the unique individual you are; how you feel, and think, and what you believe merits most attention.

You can decide how long you want to attend, how deep you want to dig, and with regular reviews we can make sure you are getting what you need from our work together.

I will do my best to be honest and genuine, and to empathise with you.

Availability and length of sessions

After an initial short telephone conversation, during which we can discuss your individual needs and goals, I can offer short term work of 6-8 weeks, or longer 'open ended' counselling (with a commitment to regular reviews).

I currently offer on-line sessions only.

I work with both individuals and couples.

Sessions last for 50 mins, one to one and for couples.

Longer sessions can be arranged.

I work most Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 9am and 7pm.

Location and Transport

N/A online only

Professional Interests

Most of my counselling work has been in bereavement and loss, couples work, personal relationships in families and professional relationships at work, poor self-esteem and lack of confidence, stress, anxiety and depression.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA (Hons) Sociology, University of Liverpool

Diploma Person Centred Counselling, The Metanoia Institute, London

Diploma Person Centred Supervision, The Metanoia Institute, London

Along with my counselling practice, I also have 25yrs ongoing experience of teaching and assessing counsellors at degree and diploma level, and of supervising fellow practitioners.

I have developed and delivered trainings for the NHS, and for UK national and local charities (eg. Child Bereavement UK).

All of this work helped deepen my understanding of my own counselling practice.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Couples Issues

Cross Cultural Relationships

Pre-nuptial counselling

Terminal Illness

Fees

From £65.00 to £80.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I charge £65 (one to one) and £80 (couples).

Sessions are 50 minutes long unless otherwise agreed.

I offer a short 20 minute initial telephone session for free.

Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples