I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor, offering an integrative approach to therapy and counselling. I am a welcoming, warm and friendly practitioner with the ability to make you feel at ease in a safe and comfortable space.
I believe that everyone has the ability to look within themselves, grow self-awareness and make positive changes to improve their lives, wellbeing and mental health. Working in an integrative way, I use a person-centred approach, drawing on theories such as transactional analysis and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This means that I have a toolbox of counselling methods which I use during the counselling session depending on your wants and needs, allowing me to respond to specifically how you feel in each moment.
I believe that the therapeutic relationship is best seen as a collaborative process in which we work together to identify how best to achieve a sense of personal development and cope with life's challenges. I believe that when we are genuinely listened to and understood, without judgement, we feel truly supported. I feel that this is something we all need in our lives, particularly when we are finding things difficult. Being heard in this way can enable us to see things more clearly and can help us to change, or live more easily, with the things that trouble us. I can support you in dealing with inner conflict and making decisions that will have a positive impact on your life. Counselling has helped me in my own life to grow in confidence and self-belief and also to have healthier and happier relationships with others. I find it very rewarding to see other people develop their own strengths and resources.
I am also committed to my own personal ongoing professional development and attend regular workshops, seminars and courses. In line with the BACP guidelines I have regular supervision, hold a current DBS certificate and public liability insurance.
What is Counselling?
Counselling is a type of therapy where you meet with a counsellor in a safe environment to explore your worries, concerns or problems. These may stem from issues in your past, stress related to a current situation or dealing with fears about the future. As an integrative counsellor, I am able to use different counselling tools which enables me to select the appropriate type of counselling which is as unique and individual as you are. Together we can discuss what has brought you to counselling and agree on how we will work together. You are the ‘expert’ in the room and it is my aim to help empower you to find your own solutions to your difficulties which will enable you to move forward with your life.
My aim is to build a trusting relationship with clients and support them in becoming more self-aware and reach personal goals. Taking on a counselling journey, for whatever reason, can be challenging and daunting and I provide a professional, confidential compassionate and non-judgemental experience for each individual.
Training, qualifications & experience
Areas that I have the most experience in are: Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Baby/Child Loss, Bereavement, Body Image, Bullying, Confidence Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Friendships, Family Relationships, Fertility Issues, Grief, Health Concerns, OCD, Panic Attacks, Relationships, Self Harm and Stress. For a full list of other issues that I work with, please read on.
I also offer counselling sessions for children and young people, as well as adults. I have over 13 years’ experience working with children and young people, both as a teacher and therapeutically as a counsellor. I have a Degree in Primary Education and worked in Primary and High Schools’ for over ten years. I can help children to explore and express their feelings and thoughts in a safe way, particularly if they struggle to articulate themselves, the therapy often goes ‘beyond words. This can support children towards better social integration, growth and development, emotional wellbeing and helps to provide them with tools to better manage their wellbeing and mental health in the future.
Training and Qualifications
- B.A. (Hons) Degree in Primary Education
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 3 in Counselling Skills
- Level 2 in Counselling Concepts
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
I am able to offer telephone or video call, online sessions. Online counselling sessions are a flexible way to access therapy, without having to leave the comfort of your own home. I am able to arrange counselling sessions at a mutually convenient time when you are able to speak privately and be free from interruptions.
I offer all new clients an initial 20 minute consultation, which can be done over the phone and is free of charge. This will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the process and for us to decide if we would be comfortable working together.
Sessions are charged at £40 per 50 minute session for adults and £30 per 50 minute session for children under the age of 18, payable by cash or bank transfer prior to appointments. I offer lower rates to trainee counsellors, key workers or those on a low income. This can be discussed during the consultation.
General hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. However I do have some availability for evening appointments. Contact me to discuss.