- Do you feel unable to cope? Do you feel as though you’re at a point where you don’t know what to do any more? Have you told yourself ‘I’m not worth it’? Have you said ‘my issues aren’t serious enough to merit therapy, I don’t have anything big to talk about’?
- I can support you with your difficult emotions. We will develop a relationship whereby we can explore the issues you bring to our sessions.
- Have you noticed changes in the following:
- Counselling can prevent problems in the above areas from becoming worse. It can also prevent more serious issues from developing. Counselling is self-care, it's not a punishment or what happens after you have made a mistake. Why wait until you feel like things are ‘bad enough’?
- Seeking therapy is an act of self care, a way of expressing how you care about yourself. It can also be a sign of strength, although we are sometimes told that asking for help is a sign of failure.
- Feeling nervous about therapy is normal. I aim to make you feel comfortable, reduce anxiety and give you the chance to relax.
‘Everyone tells you what to do and what's good for you. They don't want you to find your own answers. They want you to believe theirs.’ - Socrates
- I’ve been working as a counsellor since 2008. I work towards resolving your anxiety, depression or stress. It could even be a general feeling that you can’t quite put your finger on.
- I’m a real person with experience outside of counselling. I've worked in a range of settings with vulnerable people. Whatever you bring to our sessions is unlikely to shock me! I’m supported by a supervisor who ensures that my work with you as a your counsellor is safe and ethical.
- I work towards finding a way for you to bring more happiness into your life. I want you to be able to get whatever it is from life that you want. We will recognise struggle and stress, and examine them to make sense of how you feel about them.
- I’ve been a client in therapy myself so I understand that it’s difficult to find somebody to talk to. I also know it’s hard work once you do!
- It’s my job to support you while you find the answers to the questions that you ask yourself. I’m not a life coach, so I won’t be providing you with a menu of options and suggesting what might be best for you. I want you to feel as though you’re in a better place after we’ve finished working together than when we met. I want your understanding of yourself and your needs to be such that we won’t need to work together any more.
- I am a qualified professional with training, skills and insurance. I’m an member of the BACP (#00378257), but my approach is not too formal. Being a counsellor includes having a sense of humour. While we look at whatever it is that’s causing you to look for help, we won’t be afraid to also look at the lighter side of things.
- Contact me now to arrange a consultation so we can see if we can work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling in 2010.
I have worked in front-line roles for both voluntary and public sector organisations. I have also volunteered for a community counselling organisation. I have experience in supporting people with a wide variety of presenting issues. Below are some examples of issues that I’ve worked with:
- Drug and alcohol misuse
- Sexual violence
- Mental health
- Domestic abuse
- Anger management
- Grief and loss
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Standard rate for 1 hour is £70.
Call for a free 15-minute consultation so that we can find out if we can work together.
I accept referrals through Vitality.