Are you struggling with low mood, anxiety or a recent loss? I offer a safe, confidential space in which you can explore, understand and process the impact of whatever is troubling you, to increase self-awareness and the choices available to you for positive change.
How I can help
For anyone who hasn't had counselling before, the thought of talking to a complete stranger about something that's troubling you can seem daunting. For much of the time, friends and family can help with day-to-day problems, but like many people you may have come to the point where you feel you need to talk to someone outside your own circle about something that is distressing you or causing you dissatisfaction. You may have an idea of the changes you want to make, or simply know you want something in your life to be different without being sure how to make those changes.
At one time or another, most of us have felt stuck or had a sense of being trapped by our behaviour or our thinking, possibly repeating past patterns in relationships, overreacting at work, or finding it difficult to get ourselves heard, or being pulled into making unwise choices in life. We feel unable to move forward yet believe there must be a way to do so.
Often, it’s that discomfort or unease between wanting to change, but not knowing how or being able to make those changes on their own that first brings people to come and see me.
I am qualified to practise Transactional Analysis, a theory of psychotherapy which can be helpful in shining a light on areas where people get stuck or feel they are repeating past patterns of behaviour.
I believe that despite the circumstances that any of us may find ourselves in, we are able, with support, to think about our situation with a view to making fundamental changes, to lead to an enhanced and more positive experience of life.
I am passionate about the transformative power of talking therapies and, should you choose to see me, you’ll find that I work in a collaborative way – in other words counselling is done ‘with’ you rather than ‘to’ you - and I provide a warm, safe and empathic space where your situation can be explored.
We will work together, at a pace that suits you, to process experiences and uncover obstacles that may be holding you back. We can look to find new ways of responding to life's challenges so you can make better choices to get your needs met.
I have helped previous clients with a range of emotional issues including:
Anxiety and stress
Grief, loss and bereavement
Relationship problems, with a partner, work colleague or family members
Early motherhood and fatherhood
I run my own private practice from home in Tunbridge Wells. I have clinical experience working for an NHS perinatal mental health service in a hospital in East Sussex and at a GP's surgery in Crowborough. I have also worked as a counsellor for Cruse and West Kent Mind.
My practice in Tunbridge Wells is easy to get to, and convenient for transport links, with free parking in the area. I also see clients online.
If you decide you would like to see me, then we will arrange an initial, no obligation consultation at a mutually convenient time. This initial session will give us the opportunity to meet and for you to explore what you are hoping to achieve from counselling and to ask any questions you may have about how we will work together. I'll ask some questions in this session and you will get an idea of my approach and how I work to see whether I am the right counsellor for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have completed four years of training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy and I am a fully-qualified counsellor, attaining a Level 6 diploma, and Transactional Analyst in advanced clinical training.
I am a professional member of BACP, NCS, UKATA and EATA and abide by their code of ethics. I am professionally supervised by a UKCP registered supervisor as part of my commitment to ethical practice.
- Dip Couns. (MNCS Accredited
- MBACP Registered
- UKATA Diploma TA Practice (Psychotherapy). UKATA Registered
I have worked as a counsellor in a number of settings including:
- Afterthoughts, a perinatal mental health service within the NHS
- Fegans, a charity counsellor service for children and young people
- Cruse Bereavement service
- West Kent Mind
- A GP's surgery in East Sussex.
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 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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
£50.00 per session
Individuals - adults and young people 18+ - £50 for 50-minute sessions.
Couples: £60 for sessions of 1 hour.
Mondays - Fridays, 9am - 7pm
Online therapy is a highly effective form of support and often more convenient for those people seeking help who, for a variety of reasons, can't meet face-to-face.
If you choose to see me for online counselling, we will work together in much the same as I work with clients I see in my private practice. In other words, we will have an initial session where you will have the opportunity to talk about some of the issues that are troubling you, before deciding whether you wish to continue working with me on a regular basis.
As with face-to-face work, you will receive the same level of support and confidentiality as meeting me in person in a traditional therapeutic setting.
I prefer to work with Zoom where possible, and I will send you an invitation each week for our sessions. Before our first session, I will email you a copy of my counselling agreement setting out the terms of our work together and information on GDPR, together an information sheet on working online.