I am an experienced Integrative Therapist using the theories of Person Centred, Psychodynamic and Existential thinking with an element of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This enables you, as the client, to guide the sessions to suit your personal needs, as well as being able to look at past experiences and explore your current thoughts and feelings.
The fusion of these differing modalities has formed a contemporary, flexible and non-biased approach to counselling.
Sometimes life can present us with things that we feel unable to deal with that can leave us feeling anxious, depressed, lacking in self-esteem and many more varied emotions. Within a safe and confidential environment I will support you 1:1 through your self exploration and help you to gain confidence in your own abilities. We will work in a collaborative, empathic and caring partnership, looking at your past, your relationships, behaviours and habits, gently challenging and seeking a deeper sense of self. Allowing for the possibility of change will help to give back control over your anxieties and to move forward with a more positive sense of self.
What to expect from a First Session:
When you contact me, we will arrange an initial session to discuss why counselling feels right for you at this time. We will go over the Client Agreement which explains in more detail the counselling relationship, fees and confidentiality. We can then arrange the next steps.
For clients under the age of 18 the parent/carer will also be asked to sign the Client Agreement, however the content of the sessions will remain confidential to the client.
We will meet once a week, at the agreed time, for a 50 minute session.
I offer both long and short term counselling depending on the individual.
I generally begin with 8 sessions, which will be reviewed as and when is necessary.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training & Qualifications:
CPCAB Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling.
CPCAB in Counselling Skills & Theory.
I maintain continued Professional Development, attend supervision & adhere to BACP's ethical framework of which I am an accredited and registered member.
B.A. Fine Art
I have extensive experience with Short term NHS IAPT Counselling.
I have worked for many years in Private Practice doing long and short term Counselling, helping clients with a variety of issues.
I have experience of working in Primary schools as a counsellor using Art & Play therapy for 7-11 year olds.
Counselling in the Community
I have long term experience of working in a low-cost counselling agency providing long and short term therapy.
Freelance counsellor for Embrace –Child Victims of Crime-
I was a Mental Health Support Consultant for two years in a mental Health Arts Charity.
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
Cost (per 50min session) £50
Concessionary rates for students and low income are available through discussion.
Accepted payment methods: Cash/Bank transfer
Concessions offered for
Due to our current situation with self isolation and social distancing I am now offering online counselling via various platforms. Whatever works for you, we'll make it work.