Masters in Counselling, MBACP
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You may be looking for counselling after trying hard to resolve a problem on your own. I can help you explore your life and the challenges you face, with you. We will talk about your strengths and all the things you have already tried. Then you can decide how best I can help you.
Whatever the challenge you are facing, I believe that you are the expert in you and we can explore what might be the best approach to suit who you are. I am a pluralistic counsellor with training and experience in a variety of therapeutic approaches. Confidentiality, deep acceptance and genuine warmth are the main values that underpin my practice.
How can pluralistic counselling help?
Counselling works by tapping into your ability to resolve problems, learn and develop through talking to someone else: someone with the right knowledge, skills and experience.
Pluralistic therapy is all about being flexible and adapting to the needs of the individual. You are unique and a one-size-fits-all approach might not work for you. I start by getting to know you. How do your difficulties impact your life and what could things be like if they weren't there? I have the skills that enable me to develop a therapeutic relationship with you, and through this you can talk through and resolve the challenges you are facing. Your wisdom plus my wisdom is what will make the difference for you.
What to expect in your first session
At your first session you will be able to tell me about your problem, how that affects you and how it might feel if things were better. This will help us to identify your goal for counselling. We will also discuss what approaches would be best for you. I will explore this in relation to where you want to get to, how long you want to work for and what suits you best. We will review as we go so if you want to adapt your goals or try something else then you can let me know.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications include the Masters in Counselling (MSc with Merit) and BA(Hons) in Social Work. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I am committed to my development as a counsellor and maintain my skills and integrity through regular clinical supervision of my practice and continuous professional development.
I have extensive experience of helping those who have experienced significant trauma, both in childhood and adulthood. I have been in the helping professions with adults and children for over 30 years now - in community, education and social work settings. For the last 5 years, I have worked directly with adolescents and adults for a local community organisation offering trauma-informed support and counselling.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
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.
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
From £30.00 to £55.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I will offer an initial consultation for free. Thereafter, I operate a sliding scale fee structure that can take account of income, needs and type of counselling offered.
Certain clients can be offered reduced rates where there is a genuine reason and I have capacity. For example, where they have experienced early childhood challenges, are looking for a long term arrangement or their means are particularly limited.
On average fees are £45 for 50/60 minute session. Clients may choose whether to see me weekly, fortnightly or monthly and may consider shorter or longer sessions to fit in with daily life.
Fees are paid through BACS transfer.
When I work
I am flexible and if you are only available at another time not listed above, please let me know.
I can provide in-person counselling in a city centre studio. I also offer phone and online counselling and have the training and experience to provide this. I usually provide the initial free consultation via video but can negotiate in-person if required. Let's talk about what suits you best. I am flexible and can discuss blended or flexible approaches as we go.
I will ask clients to provide me with regular feedback to ensure that we are working together effectively and I am offering a helpful approach for them.