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MA MBACP

About me

My approach is to encourage clients to closely examine their past in order to bring to light the lasting effects of formative experiences that may be hiding in their unconscious mind, potentially having an unhelpful impact upon them, their relationships and ways of being in the present.

Developing a strong working alliance with you as my client is an integral and essential factor towards you being able to benefit from therapy. This is why providing a safe, confidential environment and forming a trusting, respectful, non-judgmental relationship with you is key. But, I also think that challenging you in your thinking is important, when appropriate!

I work with adult clients from a wellness centre in Biddenden which has good parking facilities and is well placed to serve the immediate community, as well as surrounding villages and towns. Depending on the circumstances, I am also willing to work with a client in their own home. Either way, I would offer to work with you on an open-ended or fixed-term basis.

I would be pleased for you to contact me to arrange an initial session in which for you to describe the challenges you face, and for us to decide between us whether counselling is right for you and whether we will be able to work effectively together.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Master's Degree in Counselling and am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist with a deep appreciation for the spiritual dimension of life, and a firmly embedded belief in the importance of our personal story being told and genuinely listened to as we grapple for life’s meaning.

Much of my experience has been in the field of bereavement care. I have also spent many years working with and alongside older people, both in community development and through the work of a national older people’s charity. This has given me valuable insights into living in later life, including an understanding that depression and anxiety are not an inevitable part of getting older, but conditions which can be treated by talking therapy just as effectively as they can be for an adult of any age.

By my participation in and leadership of Men's Groups, I have experience and a keen interest in what might be described as 'men's issues', in enabling the sharing of our individual stories, and in exploring the different ways available to us of being masculine.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Later life / older people

LGBT

Men's issues / masculinities

Mid-life crisis

Fees

From £35.00 to £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Available on request.

When I work

Flexible

Further information

FREE PARKING is available at the premises.

Bloomsburys Biddenden, Sissinghurst Road, Biddenden, Ashford, Kent, TN27 8DQ

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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