Open Couch is a professional, confidential counselling service working with young people and adults, and is open to anyone in need. I offer affordable therapy options as I believe that anyone who needs to access support should be able to do this without worrying about the cost.
At Open Couch you are at the heart of everything I do. As a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy I work within a specific set of ethical guidelines for good practice so you can be assured that your safety and best interests are at the forefront of our work together.
I'm currently offering online and telephone counselling sessions - which can be great for saving time, money and travel and as you're in your own space it can make the process that little bit less daunting too. If you're living further afield this can also be helpful as you have greater access to the support you need.
Here at Open Couch I work with you to access the 'real you' - that authentic self which can often get 'left behind' as other things take priority; for some people this can be a quick process and for others it can take a lot longer. Whatever your needs, and wherever you're starting from, counselling can be a source of comfort, support and safety to enable you to decide who you are, what you want and where you want to be.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and am a registered member with BACP.
I work both privately and as a volunteer counsellor for a local counselling agency offering both short term and open-ended therapeutic work for clients and have taken on clients with them for a number of years. I also take referrals from organisations and have worked with schools and government contractors.
I undertake regular continued professional development training to support my counselling work.
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
From £15.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
I offer affordable therapy options and booking packages based on an individual client's needs and circumstances. Appointments range from £15- £50 for a 1 hour counselling session.
All prospective clients are offered a free, no obligation, 30 minute telephone consultation to find out more about how I work, ask questions and talk about your needs and requirements. Please feel free to get in touch and have a chat about what you're looking for.
Free initial 30 minute telephone consultation on enquiry. Currently working online, telephone appointments on request. Day time, evening and weekend appointments currently available
I believe that counselling support is a vital service which should be accessible to everyone regardless of their circumstances, therefore I offer a range of payment options and sessions fees to accommodate this. I understand how tough it can be to choose to put yourself first when there are so many other commitments and demands on both your time and means, and particularly in this period of massive uncertainty it's more important than ever for you to be able to look after your own well-being so that you can be there for family, friends and colleagues when you need to be. Let's have a chat and see what will work best for you!