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HEART stands for Honesty, Empathy and Respect in Therapy; qualities that I believe are essential for creating an environment in which clients can heal and grow.
I struggled with Depression after experiencing bereavement of a close family member, leading to relationship breakdowns and some poor life choices. When my own daughter made a suicide attempt I knew that, to help her, I had to change something about myself. My journey started with a course for parents’ of children who self-harm which taught me to approach the situation in a totally different way. It was on that course that I met people studying to become counsellors, and where the desire to help others was born.
While studying to become a counsellor, I was diagnosed with a disabling condition which put my counselling qualification in jeopardy. Having fought to regain some of my health, as well as the right to continue my education, I used my dissertation to explore how the therapeutic relationship might be affected by physical disability and believe that I am in a unique position to help others come to terms with living with chronic illness and disability in an ableist society. Just living day-to-day can be both a physical and mental battle.
It was only in the midst of personal trauma that I realised that I had never truly been heard and how important it is to be listened to. When trying to talk to friends and family, we are so often given unwanted advice or regaled with stories of comparative situations experienced by others. Too often it feels like nobody is really listening to us and that we might as well be invisible because no one seems to notice how much we are struggling.
I am qualified as a person-centred counsellor, and as such, I offer a warm, accepting, non-judgemental, and confidential space in which clients can explore their feelings, thoughts, and behaviours to find a deeper understanding of themselves, develop coping strategies to improve their resilience, and start the journey to better physical, mental and emotional health.
I know that asking for help can feel daunting and takes a lot of courage, especially when you've convinced yourself that nobody could ever understand what you're going through; Sometimes we don't even understand it ourselves. It can be intimidating contacting a counsellor for the first time (I personally find making a phone call to a stranger somewhat formidable), so if you too feel unable to phone, I am always more than happy to respond to enquiries made by text or email.
I work on-line using WhatsApp Video but offer a free introductory meeting held in a public space. I have a first-class honours degree in Person-centred Counselling, am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and abide by the BACP Code of Ethics.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA (Hons) in Person-Centred Counselling
- Most of my work is around Anxiety, Depression, Abuse and Self-harm
- I work with teenagers and adults (11+)
I also have a particular interest in working with long-term health conditions, chronic pain and disability.
Member organisations *
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.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Other areas of counselling we deal with
- Chronic pain
£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person session
Concessions offered for
I charge £45 per session for a 50-minute online session or £35 per session for trainee counsellors.
I am prepared to meet by way of introduction, in a public space, for free.
I offer a discounted rate for anyone on a low-income claiming Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Carers Allowance or Personal Independence Payment/Disability Living Allowance/Attendance Allowance.
When we work
I prefer to keep my client hours to a Tuesday or Wednesday, However, as I work online I can be flexible if required. I also offer a face-to-face introductory meeting at other times.
I work exclusively online but for anyone wishing to meet face-to-face, i offer a free introductory meeting held in a public space. We will talk about how I work, discuss fees and payment, what you would like to get out of your therapy, and what facility you have for taking my calls in a confidential space.