I have experience in many areas including addictions, depression, bipolar, anxiety, stress, identity, anger, low self-esteem, rape & sexual abuse, relationships, emotional issues, asperger's/autism, sexuality & self-harm. You are not alone.
Choosing a counsellor can be difficult which is why I offer a reduced rate first session so you can come and find out if you think counselling is for you and if we can work together.
Life can be very hard at times and taking time out to talk to someone who is respectful, non-judgemental and listens emphatically can help you to reflect upon and gain insight into your unique life experiences. An understanding of our dilemmas, emotions and experiences can help us to make sense of them and move forward.
How I work
I mainly work humanistically which means that the central aim of my counselling practice is not about telling you what to do but promoting empowerment through the development of a trusting relationship where you can feel safe to get in touch with emotions and inner feelings.
I offer a calm environment for you to explore issues or problems which may be troubling you. I am passionate about the benefits of counselling having witnessed them on so many occasions
If you are a counselling student looking for therapy as part of your course, feel free to call for an informal talk as I see many clients throughout their training. I offer reduced rates to all students if finance is difficult.
Where to find me
My practice is under a mile from Guildford town centre, train station and Surrey University and close to the A3. Free 2 hour parking is available.
What I can offer
- Professional assessment
- Short term counselling
- Long term psychotherapy
- Face to face therapy
- Email (asynchronous counselling)
- Instant messaging (synchronous counselling)
- Skype (or similar)
- Telephone support
Training, qualifications & experience
FdA (Commendation) Integrative Humanistic Counselling, Greenwich University
NCFE Levels 1,2 and 3 in Counselling Skills and Theory
OCST 2 Online Counselling Skills Certificate (with Credit)
As well as my private practice which I've been running for many years, I manage a community counselling service for children and young people and I manage counsellors who work in schools in Surrey and West Sussex. I have also been a Trustee for a counselling organisation in Woking, counselled students at Portsmouth University and worked as an addictions Counsellor and Group facilitator at SAdAS (Southern Addictions Advisory Service, now Catalyst)
I have several years of experience working with an online counselling service for 11-25 year olds as well as working online with private clients.
I am experienced in both short term counselling work and long term psychotherapy. I have worked with clients with a wide and diverse range of issues from a variety of different cultures and backgrounds.
I also Clinically Supervise other Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
ASSIST : Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Working with Attachment
Working with Sexual Abuse
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy
Maintaining Behaviour Change
Group Work Skills
SMART Group Facilitation
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
Safeguarding Policies & Procedures
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As well as the above, I have a particular interest in and extensive knowledge of Aspergers (ASD) and Bipolar Disorder. I am also a trained and experienced Addictions Counsellor.
Initial Session £20
Following Sessions £50
Concessions available for students and those in genuine hardship.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) the Association of Independent Practitioners (AIP) and the Association for counselling and therapy online (ACTO).
I have professional insurance and an enhanced DBS check.