I offer counselling and psychotherapy in the Abergavenny area. I have many years' experience helping people with a great variety of issues. I specialise in anxiety and depression, and in problems arising from major life events, especially with bereavement and loss. There are so many forms of loss: relationship break-up or betrayal, illness, loss of someone close to you, redundancy or job changes, loss of confidence, loss of control. If you are suffering in any of these ways then counselling can be a real support, and a guide to finding a way forward.
Counselling can also help when we feel stuck and unhappy, when we keep repeating harmful experiences, or when we need help in making difficult decisions.
I can offer skilful, compassionate and confidential guidance, and a creative and sensitive approach to both short-term and long-term problems.
My background is in psychodynamic, archetypal, Gestalt and psychosynthesis therapies, but I am also trained in CBT and brief solution-focused techniques. I will tailor my approach to suit your individual needs.
I encourage my clients to experiment with creativity, such as working with dream imagery, writing or drawing. I may also use relaxation techniques, mindfulness and guided imagery. But none of this is compulsory! I will always be guided by whatever works best for you.
I can see clients for just a few sessions or for longer-term therapy.
I work from a comfortable, secluded upstairs room close to the centre of Abergavenny, with ample parking nearby. I see clients on weekdays during working hours, but some early evening appointments may sometimes be available - please enquire for details. Sessions will last one hour, and I would generally see you at the same day and time each week.
Since the COVID-19 emergency I have been offering telephone counselling. I have found that the optimum length for telephone sessions is around 45minutes. I charge £35 for a 45 minute phone session.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a counsellor in 2006, having had a previous career as a writer and university teacher. I have a post-graduate Diploma in Counselling (Integrative) from the University of Wales, and post-qualification I studied integrative psychosynthesis with the London-based Re-Vision organisation. Since 2010 I have been an accredited and registered counsellor with BACP. I worked for several years as a voluntary counsellor for MIND and also counselled carers at Torfaen Carers' Centre in Pontypool. Since 2011 I have had a private practice in Abergavenny, and also work for EAP agencies.
I see clients of all ages from 16 upwards, and I've had a lot of valuable experience working with older people (70 plus) as well as with younger adults. I have worked successfully with post-traumatic stress, mid-life issues, bereavement, chronic anxiety, post-abortion and fertility issues, troubled relationships, addictive behaviours, work-related stress, social difficulties, illness and disability, low self-esteem, blocked creativity, personal crises, depression and distressing emotions.
Registered / Accredited
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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.
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Concessions offered for
My standard fee is £45 per face to face session (subject to annual review), but I operate flexible rates for students and those on low incomes. For clients I offer a £25 introductory session in which we can discuss possible ways of working together, giving you the opportunity to decide whether you would like to have counselling with me.
Monday, Tuesday, 9.30am to 5pm. Wednesday 9.30am to 1pm.