Sometimes problems get too much and getting on with life or putting on a brave face only distract you for a bit. Too often people live with grief, pain, shame and fear, sometimes for decades, using all sorts of strategies to cope, finally coming for counselling when the strategies become less effective or they are just exhausted. That's often when depression, anxiety, anger, self-harm, suicidal thoughts or loss threaten to bring everything crashing down.
It can be difficult to admit that it's hard to cope and seek help. If you take the brave step of getting in touch with me we can talk on the phone or meet for a chat and start to get to know each other. The decision to work together will be mutual. There's no pressure and our sessions are confidential.
I am a humanistic, integrative therapist trained in using a variety of skills and approaches to provide the right counselling for each client, because everyone is unique! Perhaps more importantly, I offer a safe, genuine, caring and professional counselling relationship. A warm, human relationship within strong ethical and professional boundaries.
I work one to one with people of all ages and with a range of concerns including but not limited to: Illness, bereavement, addiction, childhood sexual abuse, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, difficult or abusive relationships, loneliness, over or under-eating, depression and work, family or study stress.
Training, qualifications & experience
My counselling qualifications are:
Bsc (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Sherwood Institute of Counselling and Psychotherapy (accredited by Staffordshire University)
Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling from the University of Leicester
I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2018)
Why Attachment Matters (Richard Bowlby)
Emergency First Aid at Work (ST John Ambulance)
Experiential Training on the Six Part Story Method (NCS)
Exploring Race in the Therapeutic Relationship (NCS)
The Aurora Project
Medication used in Mental Health (NCS)
Introduction to Safeguarding Children (CASY)
A Coronavirus Primer (BACP)
Safeguarding for Counsellors (CASY)
Calming the Anxious Brain: Using Neuroscience to End Anxiety, Panic and Worry (PESI UK)
Regular therapists' professional development group
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
£40 per session