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Reg.MBACP, Dip.Couns

About me

As a fully qualified and experienced integrative counsellor, I offer you a safe, empathetic, confidential and non-judgemental space in which you can explore difficulties in your life so that you can find a way forward.

My practice is trauma-informed. I am aware of the profound impact that trauma can have on individuals and on all of us collectively. I also believe deeply in our resilience as human beings, and our ability to heal in the right environment with the right support. I focus on collaborating with my clients, empowering them, ensuring they always feel safe.

I take an integrative approach in my practice: I draw upon different theories depending on what I feel would benefit each individual client. The main theories I integrate in my practice are: psychodynamic theories, specifically Object Relations and Attachment Theory, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis.

My approach is also relational which means that along with the issues you bring to explore in therapy, I’m interested in the relationship between us, as well as the ways in which you relate to yourself and others in your life. Our relationship can provide us with valuable insight into unconscious patterns of thinking and behaviour so they can be understood and challenged. 

I have experience working with depression, anxiety, domestic abuse, childhood sexual abuse, rape, bereavement, family and relationship difficulties, alcohol problems, anger, eating disorders, existential issues and self-esteem issues. However, I have a particular passion for and interest in infertility, miscarriage, the postnatal period, breastfeeding grief, birth trauma and motherhood.

It is completely natural to feel some apprehension, fear, anxiety, or discomfort when considering starting counselling.

In our first session you'll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the process and my way of working. It'll also be an opportunity for you to go into more detail about why you’ve decided to come for counselling and what you hope to get out of it.

Importantly, the first session is your opportunity to get a sense of whether or not you are comfortable with me and would like to work with me. If we agree to work together, sessions are then held weekly for 50 minutes.

Please feel free to email or call me to arrange a free initial phone consultation. 

I offer long, medium and short-term counselling in Stroud and online. I regularly see a confidential clinical supervisor to support my work and have full professional insurance.

Training, qualifications & experience

Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (CPPD, BACP-accredited)

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I reserve a number of low-cost spaces for those on low incomes. Please ask if there are any available when you enquire.

Butterrow Lane, Stroud, GL5 2LY

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults

Key details

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