I am a BACP accredited counsellor offering short- and longer-term counselling for individuals. I can also offer small group and individual experiences within the broad themes and therapeutic depths of mindfulness and creative writing.
I work from The Centre for Whole Health, 12 Victoria Place, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 3BP.
I practice an integrative blend of counselling designed to best suit you. I am relatively active in sessions, meaning that our time together could often flow into an interactive discussion and wisdom sharing experience that is centred around you. I aim to offer you a focussed refuge where you can be compassionately heard and accepted.
I will encourage you towards developing and/or strengthening an attitude of curiosity and gentleness towards yourself and others. I choose to believe that we all have inner wisdom, peacefulness and resourcefulness which can be utilized towards growth and greater wellbeing.
My personal contemplative, creative writing and meditative practices and my desire to live authentically and lightly upon this earth enhances my ability to be open, genuine and present within life and within any counselling relationship.
I work within the ethical framework for good practice offered by my accrediting body (The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy-BACP).
I feel it is a privilege to be invited to connect and to gently journey through moments in another person’s life. Together we could rest within in a unique exploration, clarification and potent discovery of the fullness of you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been a counsellor for students at Bristol University for the past 12 years (and as such cannot offer counselling to students from that institution at present).
I have offered ‘Mindfulness’ and ‘Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes’ group experiences for students during this time.
Prior to counselling, I worked as a qualified social worker for adults over 65 who are experiencing mental health issues, and a senior practitioner for those experiencing drug and alcohol dependency, and who are living with HIV and AIDS. I have also spent 2 years volunteering abroad with Voluntary Services Overseas (helping develop a social work programme in Belize, Central America).
2003: Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (City of Bristol College & the Central School for Counselling and psychotherapy).
2012 : Counselling Accreditation (BACP).
2015: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) parts 1,2,3,4 (via EMDR Works).
2014 onwards: Various retreats and gatherings within Buddhist and Contemplative traditions (please ask if interested).
1986: BA (Hons) Economics (Sunderland Polytechnic).
1993: Joint Diploma and Msc in Social Work (Southampton University).
2008: Post Qualifying Award in Social Work (University of The West of England).
2008: Diploma in Creative Writing (Bristol University).
Registered / Accredited
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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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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What refreshes me?
I love to meditate and also love to read, write poetry and journal. I sing in a beautiful choir and enjoy being in a crowd watching football, being alone with my solitude, and being with family and with friends while living in a vibrant city of friends yet met.
I aim to make my fees affordable and flexible, (while respecting my ongoing costs and expertise). Typically a rate of between £30-£60 could be negotiated, depending on your income. For every three people paying within this range I will endeavour to offer a lower cost rate for someone on a more limited income.