I am a professionally-qualified counsellor with 14 years experience, trained to Advanced Diploma level, and a registered member of BACP. I am also a qualified Counselling Supervisor.
Usually, we might work together for a few weeks or months, according to what you need to resolve your difficulties. But I know that during the Covid pandemic, some people may just want a one-off, single session to talk about their fears, or sadness, losses, or the difficulties they are experiencing in their everyday lives. If that sounds like something which would help you right now, please get in touch, and we can arrange this.
I also offer longer-term work, helping you discover the roots of more complex problems, such as depression, anxiety, or very low self-esteem, and then exploring with you ways of resolving these. I specialise in working at depth with people who have experienced various forms of trauma or abuse.
I have extensive experience in providing both personal therapy and clinical supervision to students undertaking a range of Counselling Diploma courses at both Universities and Colleges.
If you are interested in working creatively in some sessions, rather than just talking, then I can offer you a number of creative options, including working with dolls and/or soft toys, using photos, dream work, drawing, and role plays. These can be very effective and powerful ways of getting in touch with your emotions, and exploring the issues which arise.
I work mainly in a person-centred way, which means that YOU, the client, set the pace and the agenda for the work we do in each session, according to what is most important to YOU at any given time.
I also use psychodynamic insights in my work. This means that we may look at what has happened in your life so far, to help us discover WHY you may be feeling/acting/relating to people as you do. If you wish, we will then explore more deeply together where these feelings/behaviours originated, and would then use these insights to help you bring about lasting change.
I may also integrate elements of other counselling methods such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, and also Mindfulness techniques into our work as and when we feel these may be helpful to you.
At the moment, I am working exclusively on-line from my therapy room, ensuring that sessions are conducted in a private and secure setting. I offer Zoom, WhatsApp and FaceTime meetings, or, if you prefer, telephone appointments.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Counselling, BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision
I have been a Samaritan, and a Victim Support volunteer.
Alongside my private practice, I have several years experience of counselling adults with a wide range of issues for a counselling charity, and over ten years counselling teenagers in a Sixth Form College.
I work with clients who experience, for example, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, the effects of trauma, problems with anger, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, health concerns, issues of faith/spirituality, and self-harming. I also work with relationship issues, parenting concerns, sexuality issues, bullying, and abuse, and with bereavement and loss, including miscarriage and abortion.
I can provide a safe, non-judgemental, un-pressured environment where these issues can be explored and worked through at your own pace.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Teenagers and students
I would like to offer all paid carers, front-line NHS, and emergency service workers, or similar, a reduced fee of £30 per hour. This will apply either for one-off sessions, or for longer-term work.
My standard fee is £40 for a one hour counselling session, but I will negotiate a reduced fee if necessary for Counselling Diploma students and the unwaged.
I am currently offering one-off sessions of up to 90 minutes, for £50.
I provide clinical supervision to counsellors and trainee counsellors, at £44 per hour, with a reduction for students.
I provide both short and longer-term counselling, as appropriate to each client's circumstances and the nature/complexity of the issues they bring. Once we have contracted to work together, I guarantee not to increase my fee during the term of our contract - however long that may be.
I invite you to phone, text, or email me initially, to discuss your needs. We can then arrange a meeting to start to get to know each other, and discuss the issues you want to work with in more detail, and your expectations from counselling or supervision.
If we both feel counselling is appropriate, and that we can work together, I would draw up a contract for us both to sign. We would discuss a likely timescale for our work at the initial meeting, and regularly review the progress being made, as our work progresses.
I have a limited number of places available to start counselling or supervision NOW.