Do you feel unable to switch off or find that you can't stop worrying about things? Do your anxieties keep you up at night, leaving you feeling worn out, fed up and unable to move forward?
Would you like to feel more confident and more able to live the life you want to, without anxiety holding you back?
I work with people just like you to help them to stop their anxieties taking over and to live a happier and more fulfilling life. I provide a space where you'll be able to talk openly that feels safe and supportive, helping you to reflect on your feelings and how you can change your ways of thinking for the better.
As well as providing space to talk, we can also work on practical ways to support your mental health and well-being. Supporting you with ways of coping, alongside helping you to understand any underlying reasons why you may be feeling the way that you do. Dealing with the root cause of the issue so that this does not continue to impact you in the same way.
If this sounds like you and you feel you would benefit from getting support in this way, please get in touch to discuss working together. You've already taken the first step in your journey to getting help by being on here today, so if you are ready, I am here to support you along your way.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling that I gained whilst studying at the CPTA in Reading. This focussed on both Person-Centred and Psychodynamic theory, of which I have combined the theories that resonate with me the most to create my own approach to working with clients. This includes looking at how an individuals past experiences can have an impact upon their present-day lives and how they relate and react to other people or situations.
My course also covered a number of other theories such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and focussed on building strong counselling skills addressing a number of life issues such as addiction, bereavement, dealing with change, culture and diversity, sexuality and relationships.
I have been working for Time to Talk West Berkshire, in Newbury for the last 4 years, counselling young people between the ages of 11-25. I have found this work incredibly rewarding and love having the opportunity to support many young people navigate their way through their journeys of growing up and the challenges this can present. I really believe that supporting young people with their mental health really helps with building confidence and resilience, helping them feel more able to cope.
To maintain my professional standards:
- I have regular supervision where I discuss my client work to ensure I am able to provide the best support for my clients.
- I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and follow the ethical guidelines of this professional body.
- I regularly take part in continuous personal development (CPD) to expand and further my knowledge on subjects I feel would benefit my clients. Most recently, and as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been working on how to effectively support clients online or over the phone.
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 initial chat of up to 30 minutes to discuss any questions you might have and to see if you would feel comfortable working together.
I charge £50 per session, which last 50 minutes each. This will usually be on a weekly basis at the same time each week.