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BA (1st Class Hons)Counselling, MBACP, Accredited member NCS

About me

Thank you for visiting my profile. Here’s some brief information to get you started  and discover how we could work together in your journey to better mental health.

Taking the first steps.

Should you contact me we can arrange a no obligation consultation session. The session can be face to face, online or by telephone. You can discuss what you want from the process, then if you are happy to continue we can arrange weekly/fortnightly sessions.

My aim is to ensure that our therapeutic relationship is one that is a good fit for what you want from counselling. I do not have rigid rules and integrate a range of resources to underpin how we work therapeutically.

Session location? - Your choice!

Where able, and it is safe to do so,  I offer natured-based ecotherapy sessions in green spaces local to Southend-on-Sea, Essex. This type of therapy is in addition to room-based face to face, telephone and online counselling.

What you can expect?

My five years of training, including three at Degree level was Person-Centred. This means that you can expect your counselling experience with me to be collaborative;  you have freedom to talk about how you see  therapy  working for you - I will not dictate the direction the session content takes. Meaning you have freedom to talk about what is important to you.

 I believe clients are all unique individuals who may have  different needs at different times.  This also means sessions can be a mix of face to face,  telephone,  online, or in natural "green" settings that have been risked assessed to ensure they are safe for client work - such as parks, woodland or nature reserves.

In our sessions you are able to integrate into therapy topics that may be of interest you; nature, art, humour, your faith or hobbies. In this process I then utilise my five years of training  and integrate  a range of counselling approaches.

For example, I employ CBT, Person-Centred, Gestalt , Creative and Eco-therapies. I believe that nature for some people provides a great environment to support well-being.  And Nature Deficit Disorder can be countered by including green therapies into my client work.

As an outcome counselling will be a bespoke experience, it will be underpinned by what is important to you combined with approaches that are best suited to enhance your well-being.

Inclusion is a core part of my practice. All ideas matter - my philosophical outlook on life is means I believe clients  have the freedom to choose their own way in life and the therapy journey too.  And therefore, I invite you to read further, and take more steps to the next stage of considering - why I might  be what you want in your counsellor.  

Why consider me over other counsellors?

I have worked with clients who have found themselves on the other side of the criminal justice system, as a counsellor at the Probation Service. Consequently, I have the capacity to support clients who may have feelings such as shame or guilt, or feel stigmatised by society, I make no judgements on people who may have received convictions or been involved in crime.

Since 2016, I have volunteered in a South Essex based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) peer support group. Volunteering and building relationships within this community helped me to understand the unconscious bias and discrimination that LGBT people face.  Clients who want to talk about issues that arise from their sexuality or gender identity, will find that my practice is an LGBT inclusive and affirming environment.

I also volunteer to support  the homeless, people with low income or perhaps who have jobs. I know that accessing counselling in these circumstances can be difficult. And therefore to meet the needs of people who find themselves in this situation I will adapt counselling provision to suit .  For example, I have no expectation for clients to attend weekly sessions if they cannot afford it.

Professional membership , Qualifications and counselling experience.

I am an individual member of the BACP and accredited member of the National Counselling Society. I have a BA(1st Class honours) in counselling, and have spent over five years developing my skills, and and this includes over 280  client hours, supported by high quality supervision.

I continuously develop my skills as part of professional practice. An area that I am currently developing my knowledge is in the field of Ecotherapy. The soft fascination of natural environments mixed with counselling has been proven to have a number of health benefits. I really enjoy hiking & foraging and have found it has improved my well-being. It made perfect sense to offer this as a choice for clients too.

I have worked with a diverse range of client groups, and  problems such as harmful behaviours, sexuality and gender identity issues, anxiety, trauma and unrecognised loss.  

Thank you for reading my profile and look forward to working with you in your journey to better mental health.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) Counselling.
  • NCFE Counselling Level 3.
  • NCFE Counselling Level 2.
  • Health & Safety at Work Level 1.
  • Accredited Hate Crime Ambassador for Essex Police.
  • Ecotherapy Warwick College Group

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Gender Identity,/gender based issues
  • Homelessness issues
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues
  • Loss -  (including unrecognised, disenfranchised and ambiguous)

Fees

Up to £45.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

  • £45 per face to face session
  • £30 Online or Telephone 
  • £30 for student clients.
  • £ Rates negotiable for clients  on income support, etc.

Further information

I have a particular interest in loss and bereavement issues. For example, ambiguous losses such as missing people, skills and abilities. Or  losses those that may not always be socially supported, such as a bereavement in a gay relationship.

Weston Chambers, Block A, Weston Road, Southend On Sea, Essex, SS1 1AU

Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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For clients who do not wish to undertake room-based counselling I offer ecotherapy. This is nature-based type of therapy that takes place in green spaces out of the confines of a counselling room . (Some conditions will apply)

Online platforms

Zoom

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