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About me

It's Sunday night again. The weekend feels as if it's gone by in a blur and the week seems to stretch out ahead of you.  You may have that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach, or have noticed your appetite and sleep patterns changing.  It may be difficult to switch off and relax, feeling that you are playing the role of the happy you, rather than living it. It might be that there are things happening in your personal life which are affecting you at work/school, or you have unhelpful thoughts or feelings which are difficult to switch off from when you are at home.

These are some of the signs of stress and overwhelm, which can lead to anxiety and depression, if left unchecked.

If you, or your child, are finding things overwhelming, having a safe space to talk can help you to explore and give you a greater understanding of what's happening.  I provide a safe,  confidential and non-judgmental space for you to make sense of what feels challenging and work through it. This can help you have a better understanding of your needs and how to meet them, work through past experiences and feel more in control of your future.​

How I work

I work in a person-centred way, to listen without judgement, recognising you as the person who knows yourself best and helping you to know yourself better.  I will provide the support to help you to find the way forward that is right for you.

Who I work with

I work on a one-to-one basis with adults and also children and young people from the age of 12, offering face-to-face, online and telephone counselling.  My face-to-face work is Covid-19 risk assessed and I am happy to talk to you about what measures I put in place to minimise risk.

My availability

I offer daytime and evening appointments and a free, 30-minute initial meeting so that you can meet me and decide if we can work together, with no obligation.

My current availability is for daytime appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

I am based in Olney, which is accessible by car from locations such as Northampton, Bedford and Milton Keynes 

If you would like to contact me to take the first step, I can be reached by phone call, text or email, or you can find out more on my website.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 5 CPCAB Working with Children and Young People
  • Level 4 CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Online and Telephone Counselling
  • Protective Behaviours
  • Autism     
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • End of life

I have provided counselling with adults for a national mental health charity and at an agency which provides counselling for children and young people between the ages of 11 and 25.

I have over 20 years experience of teaching in secondary and primary schools, having had a number of different roles and responsibilities.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Each session is 50 minutes long.

Concessions are available as detailed above.  Please feel free to contact me to discuss your circumstances and find out more.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Clifton Reynes, Olney, Buckinghamshire, MK46

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

The rooms I use for face-to-face counselling are accessed via one flight of stairs, but I can offer online or telephone counselling for people who have accessibility issues

Online platforms

Zoom