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About me

Connect and Talk Psychotherapeutic Counselling provides compassionate counselling when it really matters. 

At times, day to day life can be very challenging and right now you may be experiencing stress, anxiety, grief, fear a lack of self-confidence or low self-esteem. These are all feelings that are normal and talking and connecting with the right therapist is a really important step.

Using a person-centred approach in therapy sessions enables you to explore what's happening for you right now.  You work at your own pace and focus on the thoughts and feelings that are affecting your thoughts and actions.

Making the decision to seek the right professional support for you can be extremely tough, but talking openly really does lead to a happier self so please do get in touch. I would love to hear from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

For the past 20 years, I have worked with children, young people and adults to empower their voices and seek solutions to improve and maintain a healthy mindset and wellbeing.

Clients receive compassionate empathy in sessions - this allows a positive relationship to grow naturally and is based on trust and respect. I do not promise to make everything better or tell you what to do, but as we work together I listen and hear what you are saying so that I fully understand your situation and provide you with the space and time to identify and address the ways in which past or present influences can help you to understand the source of your current state of mind. Once identified, I can help you to address them so that you can feel more in control of your life.

My own life experiences in both the workplace and beyond, allow me the opportunity to ethically support clients who feel overwhelmed and unable to cope with life experiences.

I am a member of two professional counselling bodies, BACP and NCS (Accredited Member) and am bound by their Ethical Code of Conduct. 

Working as a Cruse Bereavement Care volunteer and I support many clients with complex needs that have arisen due to the death of a loved one. 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society (NCS)

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.

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

National Counselling Society

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.

National Counselling Society

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

An initial 20 minute discussion on the telephone is free of charge. 

Sessions are 50 minutes long via Zoom or telephone and are charged at £50. A link will be shared 24 hours before the session begins if Zoom is preferred.

Sessions are payable 24 hours in advance via BACS. 

No refunds are given if the client does not show up for their session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

At times I can be flexible with availability in the evenings on Monday and Tuesdays. If you wish to request a different time than those noted on my profile, please contact me directly.

Further information

If you are not able to attend your session there may be an opportunity to find an alternative time without losing your payment if 48 hours notice is given.

Reading, RG8 7QB

Rotherham, S60 8FN

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Online platforms

Zoom