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BSc. MBACP

About me

After working in Finance and Business, I made the decision several years ago to retrain as a counsellor. I currently have a private practice in Pulborough and also work as Assistant Clinical Director for a community interest counselling group.

Everyone, at some points in their lives, could benefit from support. Perhaps you are struggling with relationship and family issues, loss, anxiety, depression, panic attacks or feeling that you aren't coping with life's difficulties.

Most people find it helpful to talk things through with someone. It is often most beneficial to talk to somebody who is not part of your everyday life and has no connection to your family or friends.

Counselling provides an opportunity for you to explore any problems you may be encountering or past traumas that persist in troubling you. Counselling is not about giving advice but helping someone find their own path through their difficulties. It is about having someone to listen.

It is important that, whoever you choose to see, you feel comfortable and at ease with them. I can offer you space and time to reflect. A place away from your everyday routine to talk about your concerns in a quiet, calm, confidential and, above all, non-judgemental environment.

I understand it is a difficult step to make that initial contact and I will endeavour to get back to you promptly. We can then arrange an initial meeting where you will be able to tell me what you would like to gain from counselling and together, we can decide if this is the best approach for you. We can work together on an open-ended basis or for a fixed number of sessions, whichever you prefer. Everyone's needs are different, counselling is about building a relationship and finding someone you can talk to.

Training, qualifications & experience

    • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

      Certificate in Psychodynamic Theory and Skills.
    • Certificate in Time Limited Counselling.
    • Certificate in the Assessment of Clients for Counselling.
    • Certificate in Bereavement Awareness.
    • Certificate in Couple Counselling.                                                                       
    • Level 3 Certificate in Supervision
    • Current DBS certificate for working with adults.

I worked for Chichester Counselling Services for 5 years.

I have worked for the Horsham and Crawley Counselling Group for over 7 years, I am now Clinical Director and responsible for Safeguarding.

I have also worked as a bereavement counsellor and supervisor for Cruse.

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Fees

£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

The fee for a 50 minute session is £45 for individuals and £55 for couples.

Concessions for students of counselling and those on low income are available.

When I work

Available Monday - Friday (incl. some early evenings)

Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

I offer telephone, Skype or Zoom appointments