*Sessions can be held online/phone/or face to face, please get in contact for details*
I believe everyone has the desire and ability to fulfil their own potential. I also think that we all can change and grow as people if we are given the opportunity to see how to do this. Counselling “holds a mirror” up for you to see how you really feel about past issues and events. It allows you to see new possibilities and make choices and changes that may give you a more peaceful outlook on life.
I work in an integrative way, which means that I draw on my core humanistic training (person centred) together with the knowledge and experience gained from further professional development, to offer what is most relevant to you. I work short term and long term depending on your specific needs.
What is Counselling?
Counselling offers you a time to explore issues that are causing you concern or confusion, in confidence, with someone who will not tell you what to do, judge or reproach you.
A Counsellor is trained to offer therapy by helping you understand yourself and your feelings and emotions, by encouraging you to explore your options in a safe and trusting environment.
Most importantly your Counsellor will help you to understand why you are feeling the way you do, how your problems arose and help you to learn how you want to deal with them.
Counselling is not about fixing problems, it is about changing your understanding and view of the problems so that you can begin to work towards living in a way that you find more satisfying. In essence, counselling is what is called a “talking therapy”.
What use is just talking?
Often in life, we don’t really talk to people about how we feel. Instead, we give what we think are required responses, for example when someone says “how are you” we often reply “fine”, even if we don’t always feel fine. We do this because:
- we don’t want to share our inner-most thoughts and feelings;
- we don’t want to worry or burden the person who has asked about our state of wellbeing;
- we don’t want that person to judge us.
Time and Space
Your sessions are time just for you. This unique time allows you the space to listen to yourself and identify your true feelings as opposed to glossing over them; as we so often do in day-to-day life. I will take the time to actively listen to you and to understand your experiences from your perspective as you tell your story. Talking to someone outside of your family or circle of friends will allow you to gain a new insight as to what is troubling you.
How do I start the ball rolling?
You can contact me directly on 07977298284 to discuss any queries you have. Please leave a message with your contact details (including phone number), and I'll get back to you or you can email me.
Our first session will be an opportunity for you to explore what has brought you to counselling and to decide if I am the right person to help you. You can outline your worries, issues, concerns and fears; whether they are current problems or experiences from the past which are still causing you distress. In this session, we will discuss what you are hoping to achieve from counselling so that we know where we are aiming for in our work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am currently working as an Occupational Health and Wellbeing Counsellor for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council. I am a fully qualified and insured and have experience with working with charities within South Wales. These include Home-Start (supporting families with young children, Merthyr Mind (based in Primary Care in a hospital working with clients with mild to moderate mental health issues) and 2wishuponastar (as a Bereavement Counsellor). I alsno have experience of working with teenagers as a Counsellor in Bridgend College
I am a registered member of the BACP Registration No. 796363 and am fully DBS checked.
I have experience of working with clients with a number of issues including depression, anxiety,mental illness, relationship problems, trauma, addictions, bereavement, abuse and many others.
- Degree in Person Centred Counselling – University of South Wales
- Level 2 in Counselling Skills – Bridgend College
- Level 3 in Counselling – Bridgend College
- Proficiency test with BACP
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder awareness training
- Substance Abuse/Drugs and Alcohol Training
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
- Cruse Bereavement Training
- Safeguarding Young People and Adults
- Stress and Anger Management
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Re-wind technique for Trauma
- Advanced Certificate in Eating Disorders
- CBT Techniques
- Mental Health Advocacy Training
- Solution Focused Training
- Online and Telephone Counselling Certificate
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
Evening appointments/Weekend appointments per 50 minute session - £40
Concessions are offered to counsellors in training who are fulfilling personal therapy commitments and college/university students. Please request your student discount upon booking your first appointment and provide evidence at your first session.
I offer counselling at:
Counselling Hub Upper Floor 83 Talbot Road Talbot Green.Which is based on the main High Street in Talbot Green. There is plenty of free parking (opposite in the retail park) and is really close to the bus station.
I accept referrals from GP's, Occupational Health Specialists and other Professionals.
I also accept EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) Referrals.
Payment is by cash(there are cashpoints nearby) or bank transfer.
I do not charge a cancellation fee provided 24 hours notice is given.