I am a fully trained BACP Accredited counsellor working in Worcester. My approach is based in the belief that:
- we all have the potential for growth and change, even when things seem hopeless.
- our natural urge is to thrive, even when we seem to be trapped in cycles, lost in chaos, or feel low in motivation.
- by having a caring and honest relationship where we can talk through what we are experiencing, we can increasingly choose how we respond to the issues that arise in our lives.
I am based in a pleasant garden office in Worcester where I offer brief and longer term counselling for a wide range of concerns. I generally work with adults and young people aged over 15 years. Empathy and genuineness lie at the heart of my approach and, influenced by Humanist approaches, I value the uniqueness of every client's needs.
Taking your time to consider committing to counselling, as well as choosing the right counsellor for you, can be a significant part of the therapeutic process. When you feel ready, you can contact me via whichever medium best suits you: email, text or phone. This first contact may in itself help you to get a feel for if you are ready to take the next step, which would be for us to arrange an initial meeting. This initial meeting, which is charged at £45 and would last for around an hour or so, will help us explore in more depth what you would like from counselling, and how far we would be able to work well together. If we feel we make a good fit, we will then agree as to how we would like to work, and will arrange to meet once a week.
I work with a wide range of clients, and am particularly interested in working with issues around:
- Asperger's, high functioning autism, ADHD
- menopause and peri-menopause
- late adolescence (16-21 year olds. I don't work with those under 15yrs)
- experiencing relationships as overwhelming and / or preoccupying
- cultural identity
- mandatory therapy hours for counselling trainees.
The website link above will lead you to more information on who I am, the ways I work, and how I may be able to help through these varied approaches:
- Person-centred counselling
- EMDR (in training)
- Polyvagal theory strategies
- Evolutionary adaptive theory
- CBT strategies
Training, qualifications & experience
Outside of private practice, I greatly value my long term work with adolescents, and more recent work specifically with care-leavers. My initial training focused on bereavement and life-changing illness at a Worcestershire hospice. In addition to counselling, I have been a Specialist Mentor for college and university students benefiting from mental health support.
Previous to counselling, I trained in teaching literature and creative writing, which I have also used therapeutically.
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 5 Diploma in Counselling Children & Young People
- CPD Level 4 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Certificate in Therapeutic Life Story Work
- MA Humanities & History of European Medicine 1500-1930
- PGCE (FE)
- BA Hons English
Of course, just as importantly is the experience of facing change in myself, and of having been witness to others in their own times of transition.
Other training includes:
- Working with psycho-pharmacology and its withdrawal
- Understanding autistic spectrum condition in classic and 'female' presentations
- Understanding Alcohol and Substance Misuse
- Sleep cycles
- Brief Therapy
- Counselling Young People Online
- Psychological and Behavioural Impacts of Malnutrition in Eating Disorder
- Grief in adults and children
- Freefall writing - therapeutic writing
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a particular interest in the significance of secondary socialisation on our personalities, especially the influence of adolescent experiences on our adult selves.
I also very much value working with clients who have had weight restoration and other rehabilitation programmes and who feel they would benefit from processing that experience.
£50.00 per session
£50 for 60min in-person sessions and 50 min remote sessions
Monday: 1pm -9pm
Wednesday: 9.30am -6pm
Thursday: 9.30am - 6pm
Fridays/Saturday/Sunday: no appointments
Please see the blog page on my website for regular updates on my availability for new appointments.