Life can sometimes be stressful, challenging, and unfulfilling and this can deeply affect our emotional and physical well being. We can feel sad, angry or scared in a way that makes life and relationships seem difficult or impossible. It can be helpful then to seek support. I would like to help you through those difficult moments we all experience in life.
I am an experienced and fully qualified integrative humanistic counsellor who works from a person centred approach and draws from both gestalt and existential approaches to facilitate and enhance my work. I presently work as a counsellor with adults in a GP Surgery and with adolescents for the YMCA. I also have many years of experience working with young families and their sometimes challenging children.
I provide a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment, where you can feel supported, to enable you to explore the difficult personal issues you may be experiencing. I will work with you on whatever you bring to counselling, this might include talking about life events (past and present), feelings, emotions, relationships, ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour. This may help you to gain order to your thoughts and feelings, understand your behaviour, and have the opportunity for personal growth and change. I believe that everyone is unique and will respect and accept you for who you are. I do not have the answers, but I am willing to support you through your difficult time to enable you to live your life more fully.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their code of ethics and good practice.
I have an up to date enhanced CRB.
Training, qualifications & experience
EXPERIENCE - PRESENT AND PAST
Private Practice - Merstham/Chipstead - Integrative Humanistic Counsellor July 2013 - Present (8 years) One to One Counselling - Group Counselling - Support with managing weight difficulties
Moat House GP Surgery - Merstham - Integrative Humanistic Counsellor July 2011 – Present (10 years) Merstham, Surrey
Integrative Humanistic Counsellor Heads Together June 2011 – April 2013 (2 years 11mths) Redhill, United Kingdom, One to One Youth Counselling Service
Family Worker/Co-Facilitor Parenting Course Family Focus April 2008 – April 2015 (7 years) Cheam, Surrey, Supporting Parents with Children under five
School Family Support Worker London Borough of Sutton July 2008 – July 2010 (2 years 1 month) Supporting families with children who were experiencing difficulties at school and at home.
Early Years Practitioner/Nursery Manager - September 1989 - April 2009 (20yrs)
FdA Humanistic Counselling Degree, Greenwich University – 2011 -2012
Counselling Skills Theory Level 3 NCFE Award – 3 - 2010
Advanced skills and counselling theory.
Interpersonal Skills Award NCFE Level 2 - 2010
Interpersonal Skills Award NCFE Level 1 – 2010
BTEC Professional Diploma in Weight Management - July 2013 - June 2014
Transactional Analysis TA101- 2010
Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Sept 2012
Attachment & Mental Well-Being with Richard Bowlby Nov 2012
Disclosure of Sexual Abuse in the Counselling Room June 2014
Attachment and Assessment - July 2014
Working with Suicidal Ideation - May 2015
Postnatal Depression and Parenting for Fathers and Mothers - June 2015
Insecure Attachment and the Implications for Therapy - June 2015
On Feeding and Being Fed: Attachment and Food - July 2016
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
£40.00 per session
The initial Assessment Session is 50/60 mins long, costing £40.00 and a all following 50min sessions cost £40.00.
When I work
I offer daytime, evening and Saturday morning appointments.
Daytime and evening appointments are available.