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MBACP, AFT

About me

Throughout our lives we are faced with many challenges, experiences and emotions which might lead us to seek counselling. Feelings of confusion, fear, loss, sadness, anger, despair, anxiety, low self-esteem, frustration can sometimes become overwhelming; as can the complexities of family life, work and relationships. I provide counselling services to individuals, couples and have significant experience working therapeutically with children, young people and their families.

I work in comfortable and safe surroundings where clients can relax and focus on their feelings.

I believe that no one Counselling Theory fits for each person, so I work in an Integrative way, carefully using different approaches to suit the individual. The relationship between Counsellor and client is a very important one, based on trust and mutual respect and how we work can be decided upon together.

Sometimes sharing your feelings with someone outside of the situation may feel more comfortable than with someone who is close to you. It is also an opportunity to recognise the strengths you already possess and build upon them. I provide a confidential, non-judgemental time and place to identify troubles, explore them and find ways to cope and move forward.Throughout our lives we are faced with many challenges. I offer a confidential, non-judgemental setting where individuals, couples and families can have time and space to explore and understand their thoughts and feelings, helping them find a way through Life's Maze.

I am a qualified Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor and additionally hold a Level 7 Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Practice and Family Therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Practice and Family Therapy (Level 7)
  • M/A Degree/Dip in Social Work (Level 7)
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Level 4)
  • Introduction to Counselling Skills (Level 2)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Theory (Level 3)
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies Level 3
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills (Level 2)

I have a background of 25 years experience working with Children and Adults in a variety of different settings including Education, the Criminal Justice System and Social Care. I have particular experience in working with issues such as Family Relationships, Substance Misuse, Abuse and Domestic Violence.

I am a Member of the Association for Systemic Practice and Family Therapy (AFT), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)

I attend regular training courses and workshops as part of my Continued Professional Development. Some of these are:

  • Practical and Advanced Skills in Couples Counselling
  • Cognitive Behavioural Theory L3 - AQA
  • Understanding Attachment and Loss – CAMHS, for Rutland County Council
  • Self Harm, Self Care and the Way Between
  • Mindfulness - Cambridgeshire Consultancy in Counselling
  • Understanding Depression in Young People – University of Leicester
  • Dealing with adolescence - Peterborough College of Adult Education
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People on the Internet - PCSB
  • Working with & supporting bereaved children and young people – Winston’s Wish
  • Dissociative States – Cambridge Regional College
  • Building Self Esteem – Skills Development Service

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Family Relationships, Parent/Child Relationships

Fees

From £50.00 to £70.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

£50 per hourly session for Individuals, £70 per hourly session for Couples and Family Work

Concessions for students.

When I work

I offer daytime and evening appointments. I also offer telephone and Online consultations.

Further information

I offer brief or longer term therapy.
I offer day and evening appointments. Quiet village location with parking and ground floor location. Local bus route from Peterborough to Stamford stops in the village.

I am a member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and on the BACP Register I work within their Ethical Framework. I am also a member of the AFT (Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice).

I hold full Professional Indemnity insurance and have regular monthly supervision as per the requirements of BACP and the AFT.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families