People often come to counselling because they need help understanding an immediate issue that is going on in their life right now. Engaging with a trained professional gives you the time and space to gain a clearer insight about the impact of the current situation and what steps may be needed in order for you to move forward.
How I Can Help
I have experience working with a variety of complex issues including but not limited to - depression, anxiety, stress, grief, relationship difficulties, suicide, bullying, self-esteem, trauma and abuse.
I am also a Life Coach and am able to provide coaching sessions, or a mix of both coaching and counselling (which is often the most beneficial), for more goal focused work whether that be for personal growth or fixed professional goals.
How To Choose the Right Counsellor For You
Everyone’s counselling needs are different. Whilst location and fees can be two of the main determining factors when choosing a therapist, finding the right therapist for you can often be a difficult and confusing process but remains one of the most important aspects of counselling.
During the first meeting it is important to trust your instincts when deciding whether someone is the right therapist for you. Relationship is the key to our work together therefore feeling safe, comfortable and understood - as with all healthy relationships - is paramount. If you are unsure during our first session whether or not we would be a good fit please feel confident about communicating this to me, as feeling a rapport and connection with your therapist is at the heart of our work.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified and professionally registered counsellor. I completed my training in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling which is recognised by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Qualifications to practice: Diploma in Humanistic & Integrative Counselling (DipHIC, with merit); Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills; BSc. (Hons) degree in Psychology (accredited by the British Psychological Society).
Before training as a counsellor I was employed by the NHS: for Adult Social Services working with vulnerable adults; primary care level at Hampshire Partnership Trust for Adult Mental Health Services on an Intensive Care Psychiatric Unit; and Special Educational Needs Schools and Pupil Referral Units supporting children who have complex needs.
I follow the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s (BACP) professional ethical framework and code and am a registered member of BACP.
All clients records are protected by the Data Protection Act and I am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). I am fully insured to work both within the UK and globally.
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
Due to the current circumstances I am offering counselling and coaching via video and phone sessions only which are charged at £40 per 50 minute session.
One of the most common questions asked by those considering counselling is: ‘how many sessions do you think I will need?’ As the counselling process is organic, and by engaging with the process we come to understand ourselves more fully, I usually recommend that clients start with six consecutive sessions with the opportunity to book additional sessions once these have been completed should you wish to do so.
Please note that I am currently available for longterm clients until April 2021.