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'New Day Counselling' MBACP, NHS IAPT Accredited, FDA-Coun

About me

Welcome to my profile and thank you for taking the time to read through what I hope, will be the start of your therapeutic journey.

Realising that you need support is not always a straightforward process and you may have been thinking about this for a while. This first step of considering therapeutic counselling is, I appreciate a hard one, so I am not going to bamboozle you with long texts and fancy wordplay, instead, will express what I feel I can offer to support you.

Let me tell you a little about myself, my training and my experience.

I am proud and privileged to currently be working within the NHS as a Person-Centred Experiential, Counselling for Depression, Primary care therapist, working alongside adults who are currently seeking support for a wide range of issues. I took a brief hiatus from private practice in 2021 due to the rising need for mental health support within our national health service, recognising how changes we have all experienced during the last few years have for some, greatly affected mental health and well-being. I am so pleased to now be offering therapy sessions once more through my private practice New Day Counselling and am looking forward to be able to offer support plans which are specifically tailored to meet your individual needs.

I strongly believe in continuous professional development, some even call me a 'forever student', I take pride in this, as my development helps me bring more knowledge into the therapy room to support the growth of the clients I work with. I qualified as an Integrative Counsellor through four years of initial training and this led to further later development in both psychology and the science of the mind, ending with a FDA in Counselling with focus on the Biopsychosocial Model. Having this broad understanding of various counselling theories and methodologies as well as an understanding of the mind, brain, body connection, allows me to support your understanding of 'self' in a truly holistic way,  because as the great Carl Rogers says: 

' The curious paradox is when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change'

I have had the immense privilege to work within agencies and charities that specialise in many areas of support, including Domestic Abuse/Violence, families and young people, Interpersonal Family Relational Dynamics, working with those preparing to return to work and individuals that have long term conditions which can create barriers such as CFS/ME and Fibromyalgia.                                                                  As an individual who has had to contend with what a LTC can bring, learning to live with M.E. myself, has been a journey and has enabled me to truly resonate and empathise with others who are on the same mission to find out what works for them and support a greater understanding of the challenges a condition such as this can bring....unpredictability...........fear.........uncertainty.......judgement, working together to bring inner acceptance, deeper understanding of 'whole self' and empowerment to illicit growth in aspects that can be changed.

So how does it work?

The aim of the therapy is to allow you to gain back control of your life, which you may feel is currently lost, whether that be through confidence building, decision making or processing unresolved issues. This is done by allowing you to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe and non-judgemental environment without fear of rejection or repercussion.

Counselling is a confidential service and as a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I ensure that I work within the parameters of their ethical framework, this allows the work to remain safe and ensures your well-being is paramount. There are some exceptions to the rule in regards to confidentiality but this will be fully explained at your initial assessment.

The working relationship is key to a successful counselling experience, so for this reason I offer a free, no-obligation telephone welcome chat just for you to get an idea of how comfortable you feel with me. Should you wish to go ahead, together we would arrange an initial assessment and it is here we can establish your wants and needs, your expectations of therapy, discuss the types of therapy that may best support you and answer any questions you may have. Should you then feel you would like to continue onto counselling sessions, you can decide what kind of counselling you would prefer, face to face or remote sessions and how often you would like to attend weekly, fortnightly or even monthly. It is recommended that initially, weekly sessions are more beneficial and this can help us establish together that you feel comfortable working with me and I feel I am the right person to support you moving forward, remember, counselling should only be in the interests of you! 

I have designed a helpful information sheet that details the different methods of therapy on offer and the advantages and disadvantages of each, to help you make an informed choice as to whether face to face or remote methods such as online video counselling (Zoom), or telephone counselling would be the best option for you. Please feel free to email me for a copy.

I hope you have gained the information to help you decide the right option for you, however, if you are still left with any questions then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • PCE-CfD IAPT Accreditation (NHS Professional Status)
  • FDA in Counselling
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative Pathway)
  • CPCAB Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Studies
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • AQA Level 2 Certificate Counselling Introduction
  • NCFE Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Developmental Psychology
  • CACH Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism
  • Level 3 Designated Person for Child Protection and Safeguarding
  • Level 2 Safeguarding Adults in Counselling

I have attended many CDP events covering various aspects of specialism such as

  • Psychology of Childhood and Youth: Attachment, Identity, Representation, emotion and communication 
  • Online and telephone counselling: 80 hours accredited training 
  • Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Using the O.C.D Framework
  • The science of the Mind: Working from a BioPsychoSocial perspective
  • Working with fear and sadness and it's relation to anxiety and depression
  • Supporting survivors of domestic violence
  • Understanding and Working with anxiety and panic disorders
  • Working with hidden/chronic conditions such as M.E and ASD
  • Understanding and working with self-harm
  • Family Communications programme

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

From £40.00 to £45.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

All face to face sessions are held in a Covid secure environment and is continually monitored to ensure your safety

Rates

Free initial telephone welcome chat to get to know each other.

Initial Assessment and Counselling Sessions (up to 50 minutes)                              Face to Face: £45.00                                                                                                  Remote: £40.00 

Concessional Rates

Offered to those on a low income, in receipt of benefits, over the age of 65, keyworker or NHS employee/volunteer

Free initial telephone or Zoom welcome chat to get to know each other.

Initial Assessment and Counselling Sessions (up to 50 minutes)                               Face to Face: £35.00                                                                                                  Remote: £30.00

Student Counsellors

I am a proud supporter of student and trainee counsellors and have on offer the following services:

Personal Therapy, a mandatory requirement as part of your training, priced at £30.00 per 50 minute session face to face or £25.00 via remote methods.               I also have available, a block booking discount for student and trainee counsellors, £250.00 for 10 face to face sessions payable in advanced and subject to availability.

As a former FE lecturer in Counselling, I am pleased to be able to offer personal tuition, to support your theoretical knowledge and practical understanding or to simply build on your confidence and competence to help prepare you for examinations. This is can be online based (Zoom) at £20.00 per 45 minute session or face to face at £25.00 per 45 minute session.

Please get in touch for more details

When I work

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Face to face sessions are currently available Tuesday and Thursday Evenings starting @ 6pm and Sundays 9am-1pm. Remote sessions available Monday and Saturday days as well as some evenings.

Further information

My main base is within Mayura Yoga Studio situated in a prime position along Eastern Esplanade, Thorpe Bay with fantastic views that bring a sense of peace and tranquillity.  You have the option of free parking along the Eastern Esplanade as well as a free public car park behind the Camelia Hotel and on street parking in the surrounding roads, but please be aware, parking is limited to one hour in Plas Newydd Road.                                                                                                You will receive a warm, inviting welcome in the large, open reception area, before being shown into our private counselling room which aims to create a calm and relaxing space for you to unwind and feel at ease as you explore and work through the aspects that have brought you to therapy.

My second site is situated along the London Road in West Leigh, where you will find a purpose built therapy space which has recently been fully renovated by the owners to create an intimate, modern environment. This office is based on the first floor, so may not be suitable for all individuals and parking can be found in the neighbouring roads.                                                                                                    You will find on arrival, a telephone entry system where once you have selected the relevant room number, you will be greeted and shown straight into the counselling space, please be advised, there is no reception area at this site.

To keep both you and I safe, I do work within strict Covid-19 secure guidelines , which I will be happy to discuss with you before your first visit to ensure you feel completely comfortable and at ease.

For any other information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Mayura Yoga, 196 Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 3AA

1212A London Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 2UA

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Please be aware that there are steps that lead into the Thorpe Bay site which may make this unsuitable for some individuals.

Online platforms

Zoom