I believe that there can be times in your life when issues and problems seem overwhelming. It can feel as if there is no way forward, and that it is impossible to cope. I understand from personal experience, the effect of loss and relationship breakdown, which helps inform my professional practice. I respect the individual nature of pain and trauma, and my empathic approach gives my clients the opportunity to work through their individual issues. As a fully qualified Counsellor, I offer Person-Centred Therapy for a wide range of issues. I have a number of years' experience of counselling, working both in my private practice, and in charitable organisations, offering counselling to vulnerable adults. I offer counselling for a range of issues and difficulties, such as grief, bereavement, depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, relationship difficulties, family pressures, redundancy and stress.
I believe passionately in the affirming effect of the therapeutic process. I am a warm, compassionate person, who will listen without judgement. I offer counselling to individual clients who need to share and discuss difficult issues in a confidential, safe and trusting environment.
As a Person-Centred Counsellor, my approach is non-directive. This means that my focus is on you as a person, not on providing you with an answer to your problems. The starting point for counselling is always the issue or difficulty that you might be experiencing, and as this issue is explored and shared, underlying issues can be uncovered.
I am motivated by my belief that everyone deserves to feel valued. Often our self-worth can be compromised, especially in the midst of difficult areas of our lives. Being true to ourselves can be a challenging process as we gain awareness about ourselves, but I believe it is an empowering and affirming experience. Through this process, hopefully you will move towards developing greater self-confidence, and value of yourself.
I would endeavour to work closely with you, and in the therapeutic setting, these deep personal issues can be explored. It involves looking deeply at not only the content of what is happening, but also your emotions and responses to this. We often discover aspects of ourselves, or our relationships with others that we were previously unaware of, and the counselling process can be an important part of a journey of self-discovery. This process can help you move forward, with a new perspective on yourself, and greater inner strength.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am qualified as a Person-Centred Counsellor:
Edexcel Level 5 BTEC Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP)
I hold an enhanced certificate with the DBS (Disclosure Barring Service).
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
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
Each 50-60 minute session is £50.
Concessions are available.
When I work
Prior to becoming a counsellor, I have worked in education for many years, and have over twenty five years’ experience teaching deaf children. My effective communication skills have enabled me to work closely with families, as well as helping Deaf young people to understand and express feelings and emotions. I hold a Level 3 qualification in British Sign Language. I am also able to offer counselling to Deaf people, who either sign using British Sign Language, or spoken English. Counselling sessions can provide an opportunity to share difficulties or worries in a safe neutral place, and help in developing and understanding vocabulary related to emotions and feelings. I also offer counselling to parents of Deaf children, or children with Special Educational Needs. I provide a supportive environment allowing you to talk in confidence about the issues you might be having as a parent or about the impact on the family. I value and respect all my clients as individuals, regardless of race, religion, culture, background, or gender identity.