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MSc MBACP (Accred)

About me

I aim to offer a safe space for you to talk about things which are concerning you. I will help you explore different ways of looking at things and aim to do so with empathy and compassion. My clients often comment that one of the things they've found most helpful, is having a non-judgemental space to talk about things.

Life deals us all sorts of things, and some of them can leave us with thoughts about ourselves or the world which don't make us feel great such as "I'm not good enough" or "things can never get better." I would work with you to help you become more aware of unhelpful thoughts and find more helpful ways of looking at things.  Alternatively, if you just want someone to listen and say very little, I can offer that space too.  You know yourself better than anyone and I want to support you in whatever way feels most helpful. 

To tell you a bit about me:  I love the sea, I enjoy learning about different cultures and I'm passionate about supporting people with their mental well-being

My experience

I have studied counselling up to master's level and am an accredited member of the Bristish Association of counsellors and psychotherapists (BACP)

I have experience working with many topics including work stress, anxiety and panic disorders, depression, self-harm and relationship difficulties.

I have worked for numerous charities as well as working privately. 

I am happy to work with adults of any age, and have experience with all ages, especially with 18-35 year olds.

What you can expect

If you contact me, I would aim to get back to you within two working days. If you have any questions, I'd do my best to answer them, and then we could arrange a time that suited us both, for a counselling session.

An important part of counselling is finding a counsellor you feel comfortable with,  and it can be hard to work out who is a good fit for you just from reading a profile. For this reason, I offer free initial consultations of 50 mins, so you can get a sense of whether you feel comfortable working with me. 

After the initial consultation, I'd give you the chance to go away and think about whether you wanted to work with me and let me know in the next few days. This is because I wouldn't want you to feel any pressure to agree to work with me, as it's important you find a counsellor who is the right fit for you.

If you do decide you want to work with me, and I feel I can offer the sort of support you need, then we'd both commit to work together regularly.  I would listen to your concerns and help you to explore different ways of thinking about them. I might also suggest different things you could try, but it would always be your choice to say yes or no, as you know yourself better than I do. 

Please be aware that I am only available until the end of September. 

Modality 

I am trained in person-centred counselling and in CBT, so I can offer either of these or a combination of the two. 

Discounts for teachers during the summer holidays

Having previously worked in a school, I'm aware of how teachers can be left feeling emotionally exhausted or even in danger of burning out, but often struggle to find the time or money to access counselling. For this reason, I'm offering teachers a discounted rate of £35 during the summer holidays.  All the work would be online, so if you're going away, we could still have a session, and you can invest in your own well-being before September comes and you're back in the madness! You can use the time to talk about anything you want, and it doesn't have to be related to your work. Contact me for more details. 

Location
Remote working: I work through Skype, Zoom and phone-calls and have clients from various parts of the world, but my main links are with Essex and Oxfordshire.

Face to face: For clients based in Essex or London, I can also offer in person sessions in Brentwood. The venue has parking, toilets and free tea and coffee and is accessible by wheelchair. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Formal training

  • Degree in Psychology including modules on autism and attachment 
  • Master's Degree in Counselling including a thesis on cross-cultural counselling
  • Post-graduate certificate in CBT from Oxford University 

I am accredited with the BACP

Informal training and short courses

Working with survivors of sexual abuse
Supporting international aid workers
Supporting clients with suicidal thoughts 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Cross-cultural counselling 

Generalised anxiety disorder

Young adults

Support after changing religion and/or choosing not to belong to parents' religion 

Supporting adults who grew up as third culture kids

Fees

From £30.00 to £45.00
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

I usually charge £40 for online sessions and £45 for in person sessions.

However, I wouldn't want cost to be a barrier that stopped anyone from accessing counselling. Therefore, for people on a low income, I can offer online sessions at a reduced rate of £35 or even £30 depending on your circumstances. Please get in touch for more information. 

I also offer online sessions to teachers for £35.

Some of the money from your fees will go towards me providing counselling to people in Cambodia who couldn't otherwise afford it

When I work

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I am available any time on Tuesdays and on Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons and evenings.  

Brentwood, Essex, CM13

Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
Doxy