MA BACP (Accred)
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I am a Relate trained BACP accredited counsellor and have been working with couples and families for over 20 years. I am based in St Albans, with convenient on street parking. I offer counselling to individuals, couples and families in a supportive and safe setting where uncomfortable and difficult feelings can be explored together.
As a BACP Accredited counsellor I am bound by its ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy and subject to the professional conduct procedures.
In offering Relationship Counselling I provide an opportunity for couples and individuals to explore and make sense of relationship issues in a non-judgemental, safe environment.
The sort of issues that couples come to counselling with are:
- Communication difficulties
- Concerns about sex and intimacy
- Affairs and the repercussions’ that they bring
- Parenting issues and parenting styles
- Becoming parents
- Redundancy, job loss and financial worries
Couple counselling can provide an opportunity to create a more nurturing and satisfying relationship that better meets the needs of both partners.
It may be that you are considering separation, in which case, having a non-judgemental, safe environment in which to openly discuss your concerns, in particular how to tell your children, can be extremely helpful.
The sort of issues that bring families to counselling include:
- Communication breakdown
- Changes and life stage issues
- The teenage years
- Managing multi-generation families
Family counselling offers the opportunity to air hurt and angry feelings in a supportive setting and begin to negotiate and establish new ground rules for a more harmonious family life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Relate, Trained as a Relate Counsellor, Modular on-going training over 2 years. 1991-1993
Relate, Certificate in Marital and Couple Counselling, Theory and Practice. March 2000
University of Hertfordshire, Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling. July 2009 (2 year course)
University of Hull, MA in Relationship Therapy. September 2012 (3 year course)
One of the requirements of BACP accreditation, and in being a Relate counsellor, is for on-going training; as such I attend regular training events to ensure that my skills and knowledge are of the highest standard.
Although I have been a relationship counsellor since 1991, I have also provided communication skills training in the private and public sector. From 2001 to 2006 I worked as a teaching assistant with children in nursery and primary school. Since 2009 I have provided counselling support to children in both primary and secondary school.
Registered / Accredited
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.
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
Counselling sessions are generally 50 minutes, I can offer week days and evenings.
Fees are between £55 and £65 per hour.
Please feel free to contact me with no obligation via the link, above, or phone, 07539 345043. If I am not available when you call please leave a brief message and I will endeavour to return your call within 24 hours.