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MBACP South Somerset Counselling Services

About me

I have 20 years of knowledge and experience in being alongside people who are struggling in life or suffering mental ill health. I am extremely knowledgeable with diversity and wide-ranging needs. I provide highly skilled talking therapy which is individually structured and has proven effective in making deep-seated change; tapping into the very roots of how and why we are. I am also able to offer creative supervision

Who do I help?
I am skilled in counselling individuals as well as couples and am trained to work with younger people and much older clients too .I trained and worked with CRUSE in managing grief and loss of many kinds including trauma and loss through suicide, loss of health and loved ones including loss related to illness such as dementia and becoming a carer, relationship problems, family struggles, infertility and childlessness, fear and anxiety, abuse and addictions.

Where will the sessions take place ?

I have a cosy cabin in my garden in a beautiful quiet natural setting amongst plum trees.I also offer online and telephone counselling and walking talking therapy.

How do I work?
I work in a  gentle person-centred way where you will feel a sense of warmth and trust enabling you to move forward at your own pace in a way that feels manageable and empowering.

I offer an introduction by  phone which is free for you to see how you feel speaking with me..

How do I get in touch?
If you have any questions about therapy or would like to make an appointment, then I welcome you to either give me a call or text on 07970580933 or click here to send me an email.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • 15 years experience in working in mental health and currently in practice at a surgery as part of a professional team
  • Specialist knowledge of the needs of carers and very experienced with older person's mental health and dementia
  • Higher Diploma in Counselling and continued specialist trainings
  • Specialist Bereavement training and over 6 years experience in Bereavement counselling including Sudden and traumatic death, Loss through Suicide and Complex and Compounded grief which often covers many years/many losses
  • Specialist training to work with younger people in grief
  • Continued ongoing training and professional development-Mindfulness 8 week study/practice, ASIST Suicide Prevention training
  • Able to provide a mobile service; visiting individuals in the comfort of their own home
  • Higher Diploma in Supervision offering creative reflective space for those working in therapy and mental health
  • Working to BACP Ethical framework
  • Registered with BACP-British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and now in process of completing Accreditation
  • Specialist Couples Counselling training with the Mary Clegg Clinic
  • Higher Diploma in creative clinical supervision

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Over 16 years of work with an older person's mental health and the needs of carers and specialising in work in the community.

Over 5 years of experience in bereavement counselling.

I have received extra training to work with children and young people in grief and more recently specialist training to work with couples in crisis who may be struggling in their relationship.

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Fees

Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured

Additional information

  • Free introduction by telephone.
  • 45.00 per session for individuals.
  • 55.00 per session for couples.
  • Reduced rates for those on low incomes and benefits as well as students in training

If you have any questions about therapy or would like to make an appointment, be it in my private practice, a home visit or a session online, then I welcome you to either give me a call or text on 07970580933 or click here to send me an email.

When I work

I am flexible to client's needs and try to accommodate people.I don't work during weekends 

Further information

I am experienced in providing specialist skilled support work utilising my counselling awareness for those who feel unable to leave their homes and socialise. I work in a very gentle person-centred therapeutic way with people struggling with anxiety, fear, agoraphobia and memory problems, successfully providing and enabling clients to gradually build their inner strength and confidence enabling socialising and accessing the community often joining groups and establishing friendships.

Where appropriate I have used my dogs and horses, walking and nature, appreciation of art and music [ singing too] and cookery in a safe creative and homely environment. Clients have made connections and discovered inner contentment and empowerment. I have appreciated being able to help in making a real difference in people's lives; enabling them to reconnect both with themselves and with the community.

I have over 16 years of experience in this kind of work.

Langport, Somerset, TA10

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

parking available

Additional languages

Some French and Spanish

Supervision

In person
Phone

I completed my Diploma in Supervision at Iron Mill Exeter and am providing Supervision to students,therapists and those working in mental health

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