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About me

People seek counselling for a host of reasons. Whatever your reason my aim is to provide an environment where you can be heard and understood. We can explore the impact your past may have had and in so doing you may feel better able to understand your feelings. As a counsellor I do not advise you what to do, but in our work together there is the potential to feel better equipped to make changes necessary for you to live your life the way you want it to be.

I have worked with people experiencing anxiety, depression, loss, abuse, bullying, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties and family issues.

I am a member of the BACP.

Sessions are fifty minutes long. We may work on a short term or long term basis.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc (Hons) Psychology
PgDip Contemporary therapeutic psychodynamic counselling.
MA Contemporary therapeutic psychodynamic counselling.

I studied my PgDip and MA at the University of Hertfordshire. Part of my training required me to have my own personal therapy. I work psychodynamically and adhere to the BACP's code of ethics.

In addition to my private practice I have worked at a women's centre, an addiction treatment centre and in secondary schools with both pupils and parents.

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

Fees

£50.00 per session

Additional information

£50. This may be negotiable.

When I work

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I have appointments on Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings in Hertford and various times during the week in Hitchin.

Further information

An initial consultation will give you an opportunity to ask questions and a taste of how therapy works. If you wish to proceed and I feel able to help you we will arrange a mutually agreeable time to meet each week.

Natural Health, 4 Old Cross, Hertford, SG14 1RB

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Zoom