I have seen time and again that life-changing, and often unexpected, things can come about when the time is right, the therapist is right and the relationship works. I work with. I practice in a Person Centred way which means I believe you are the expert on your own growth and that you will get what you need out of counselling. My role is simply to create the right environment to allow that expertise, which means your own voice, to find its way out. When this happens, you can find movement where there was stuckness, clarity where there was fog and a much greater sense of self where before there may have been more of an experience of lostness. Anger, frustration and confusion can often disappear.
I work with compassion and humour and am willing to work in creative ways. My boundaries are clear and grounded, and within them, I am happy to work with anything you would like to bring. Areas involving feelings of shame are particularly welcome in my work.
I am very open to working with any issues relating to pregnancy, parenthood or childlessness, grief, loss and anxiety. And I equally comfortable working inside and outside the LGBTQI community.
I work with individuals, couples or groups. Short or long term therapy available.
Training, qualifications & experience
2016 - Rites of Passage Training, Dead Good Guides.
2015 ongoing - End of Life Companion, Living Well Dying Well Training.
2012-2014 - Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling accredited by the National Counselling Society.
1996-2000 MA(Hons) Social Anthropology and Social Policy
I am a fully insured Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, which means I work within their Ethical Framework.
Alongside counselling I work as a trainer and facilitator, both in bereavement and within a corporate environment. It feels important to me to be fully grounded within the therapeutic model I work within, but equally live a life that is wider than just therapy. I co-run an award winning festival called Pushing Up Daisies (www.pushingupdaisies.org) whose aim is to create conversations around death, dying and bereavement. It's a lot more fun than it sounds!
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a free 30 minute introductory session where we can meet, talk and decide whether we feel suited to work together. I charge a sliding scale of fees, with a limited number of places at the lower price:
Adults £30 – £45 per session (50 mins)
Young people and f/t students £25 - £30 per session (50 mins)
Couples £50 - £80 per session (60 mins)