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I have been a counsellor for adults and young people for over ten years. I am an Accredited BACP counsellor, which means I have achieved a standard awarded to experienced practitioners who practise independently, ethically and competently.
I offer you a caring, professional relationship with a commitment to support you with your personal problems, so that you can
- tolerate and make sense of difficult feelings,
- gain awareness of what is really going on that is causing you distress, and
- learn to accept yourself, so that you live with greater ease.
We can explore your life together so that you can see more clearly what decisions or changes you might want to make to help you to feel positive and in control;
In a nutshell, this process can increase your self-esteem, motivation, confidence and resilience to face the future.
Many of my clients report immediate relief just from being able to speak about their current situation in what I aim to make a sympathetic, non-judgemental environment. Over time, counselling can help you more significantly with your personal problems as you gain a deeper self-awareness and self-acceptance. I am often moved by my clients’ relief and restored strength of spirit after our time together.
Although I understand it can be hard to make contact with a counsellor for the first time, please be reassured that you will receive a respectful response from me. I want you to feel safe and accepted, and for our work to be effective.
More information can be found on my website - www.godalmingcounsellor.com.
As I work from home in Busbridge, Godalming, I can offer clients access to more flexibility in scheduling appointments and free parking.
Video counselling available on request.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am BACP accredited, with a BACP-accredited Foundation Degree (Integrative Counselling), a BA (Hons) degree and full and accredited membership of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy including its accredited voluntary register.
I use an integration of models which I adapt to the unique situation and wishes of each client. These encompass a humanistic, person-centred approach (respecting your unique experiences and ability to find your way to your own solutions) alongside psychodynamic and attachment theories of development (which explore how your past relationships influence your present ways of relating).
I work with CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) tools, including compassion-focussed therapy, within my integrative practice. I undertook TA 101 (Transactional Analysis) training, and have a special interest in neuroscience and mindfulness, and their application to therapy.
I am committed to ongoing professional development, read widely and attend regular training, keeping up-to-date with current research and findings. I abide by the ethical requirements for BACP membership.
In addition to my private practice, I counselled for several years at Guildford Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC). I have been a counsellor at Christs College School in Guildford, King's College School in Guildford, for Guildford YMCA’s Open House youth counselling and Woking Hospice, and have worked for the National Autistic Society and been a Samaritan volunteer.
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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
£55.00 per session
Counselling sessions are usually 50 minutes.
For couples, I charge £75 for each session. I ask for cash payment at each session or bank transfer in advance.
Your contact with me will be treated confidentially.
When I work
Week days and early evenings