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Dip.Couns, MBACP Individual and Couple Counselling

About me

People seek counselling for a wide variety of reasons. Some to get understanding of long deep rooted issues, others to find clarity or direction in their lives. Some people come to counselling because life has become difficult to cope with.

When things get so difficult that it's starting to affect your day-to-day living, then perhaps it's a good time to seek the assistance of a counsellor, rather than allow the situation to get bigger.

I'm an experienced integrative counsellor and my counselling practice is based in Milcombe, which is 10 minutes from Banbury, Oxfordshire. As a therapist, I work with individuals, both with adults, and with young people and children over the age of 11.

I can offer you a safe confidential environment to be able to talk freely and in your own time about any issues that are affecting you. I'm not going to judge you or be shocked, but I will be supportive and caring and at your side when you talk about any difficult issues in your life, which may be about yourself or others, past or present. My aims as a counsellor are to be able to get a feeling of what it's like being you, to understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and also to support you in ways of helping you to cope better.

Training, qualifications & experience

Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies

Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling

Certificate in Couples Counselling provided by Meridian.

As part of my ongoing professional development, I have also undertaken the following CPD courses:

  • Anger Management

  • Racial and Cultural Difference

  • Working With Young People

  • Feelings

  • Depression

  • Working with Loss and Grief

  • Working Creatively

  • Understanding Trauma

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Understanding Sexual Preoccupation

  • Couples Counselling

As well as working in private practice, I have worked at Windsor and Maidenhead Counselling Services, counselling adults and young people.

I also work as a school counsellor in Windsor, Berkshire, where I am the lead counsellor working with pupils aged 11-16 years old, and 6th form pupils 16-18 years old.

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

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Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Individuals:

My fees based on a 50 minute counselling session are:

£50 weekdays (9am-6pm) evenings (6pm-9pm) 

Couples:

My fees based on a 60 minute counselling session are:

£65 weekdays (9am - 6pm) evenings (6pm - 9pm) Saturday (12.30pm - 1.30pm)

When I work

Daytime 9am-6pm and evening 6pm-9pm appointments available.

Further information

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical framework of good practice, maintaining a safe environment for my clients.

I continue to attend regular CPD courses in the field of counselling, which keeps me up to date in my practice.

I hold an enhanced DBS certificate and have professional indemnity insurance.

My practice provides onsite parking and is in close vicinity to bus route 488.

Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
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