The counselling service I offer is warm, genuine and understanding. It is based on the belief that we are all individuals who deserve to be accepted for who we are and are able to make our own decisions about what is best for us.
How Counselling Can Help
Counselling gives you the time and space to explore your feelings and experiences however difficult these may be. It is a rare experience in which you are listened to and accepted without judgement or advice.
Counselling is often referred to as the ‘Talking Therapy’ because talking about problems is therapeutic in itself. I often describe it as ‘getting whatever is troubling you out so it does not stay inside you where it can do the most damage’.
Counselling helps you to find a better sense of well-being and a way to move on from whatever is troubling you.
What to Expect in the First Session
I offer a free 30 minute first session to clarify how I work which will allow you to decide whether I am the right Counsellor for you. I will answer any questions you have and if you decide to book further sessions we will decide these together. Because everyone is individual you may decide you would like weekly, fortnightly or even monthly sessions so this will depend on your need.
Person-Centred counselling is open ended which means that the sessions will continue as long as you feel you need them. We will review this together on a regular basis to make sure that you are getting what you need/want from the sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma In Therapeutic Counselling.
Registered Member of the BACP.
I qualified as a Counsellor in 2005 and since then I have worked within the voluntary sector offering a counselling service to vulnerable young people and adults who may not otherwise have access to it. I also have 12 years experience of working in a secondary school with young people between the ages of 11 and 18 years facing a wide variety of issues including bereavement,self-esteem/ body image issues, eating problems, stress and anxiety.
My experience is not limited to these issues or young people and because I work as a Person Centred counsellor I am able to listen to and support anyone who is travelling a difficult path for whatever reason. I will listen to your experience without judgement and guide you to find your own solutions to whatever is troubling you.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a free 30 minute consultation session to determine if you feel that I am the right counsellor for you. After this the charge is £40.00 per session. Concessions available based on individual need.