Many of us experience times when we struggle to make sense of what is happening to us and can't see a way forward. We may feel overwhelmed by painful feelings and unbearable anxiety. Or we would like to lead a more creative life but feel held back by obligations and fear of changing what is familiar. And, as we get older, we may worry about health issues and thinking more about death and dying.
Whatever the issues you might be dealing with, there are times when having a confidential space to talk to someone who is not connected with your everyday life can feel helpful and supportive. Taking time out to reflect on your life and explore how you relate to the world around you and the people you are involved with can be beneficial.
If you feel ready to take the next step, please contact me and we can arrange an initial meeting to see if we would like to work together. If it felt right to continue, we could then meet for an agreed number of sessions or, if it felt appropriate to both of us, enter into an open ended agreement with regular reviews.
I have been working as a psychotherapist and counsellor for over 20 years, having previously worked as a secretary and been involved in setting up and running a cooperative bookshop. Before returning to Wales to be closer to my grandchildren, I had a private practice in Bristol for many years. I was also running a small counselling service and worked as a counsellor for a charity supporting children and their carers dealing with a bereavement or a life limiting illness.
Training, qualifications & experience
After a two year experiential course in humanistic psychology in the mid eighties, I trained and worked as a volunteer counsellor for an organisation supporting young people. Alongside that work, I did a training in humanistic and integrative psychotherapy in Bath. Since then, I have also completed a number of shorter training courses and workshops that have enriched my experience as a therapist and given depth to my work. These included a training in couple counselling, somatic trauma therapy, mindfulness, bereavement among many others.
I have a particular interest in
couple therapy and working with partnerships of any kind
how we navigate different life stages and deal with what happens when what we are familiar with gets disrupted, be it through the end of a relationship, loss of job, retirement or bereavement.
what it means to become an elder, exploring thoughts and feelings around what is now in the past, looking at what is still possible and finding ways to embrace death and dying as part of living.
I am accredited through the British Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling and adhere to their code of ethics and practice. I am also a participant of the Independent Practitioners' Network.
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
Life limiting illness
Death and dying
My fee for the full hour is £45.00 for individuals and £50 for couples.