I am a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist and supervisor and have been in practice since 2010. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and my experience involves working with young people including children diagnosed with ASD, adults (including adults diagnosed with ASD), couples and families. I am a qualified clinical supervisor and supervise the work of pastoral staff in schools across Poole. I run my private practice from Westbourne in Bournemouth offering a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space in which to work.
Working with Trauma
A lot of my work has involved working with trauma. Whether that be a recent life event, i.e. death of a loved one, an accident or witnessing a traumatic event, or, an event(s) that happened many years ago and has been surpressed such as childhood abuse. Such events lead to the adoption of coping mechanisms such as drugs, alcohol, sex, self-harm, OCD and suicidal ideation. Opening up and talking about these traumatic events can feel scary and impossible to put into words. Some clients have preferred to communicate their stories through their dreams, poems and artwork and they feel safe using this metaphor.
My work starts with the principle that it is all about you, your struggles, your uniqueness and exploring the best way for you to move forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
My Professional Qualifications:
- Professional Training Certificate in Clinical Supervision of Abuse & Trauma Counselling
- BA (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
- PDQCCA - Post Diploma Qualification in Counselling Children & Adolescents
- CPCAB Dip Counselling and Psychotherapy
- A registered member of the BACP - 99121
- Up to date DBS check
- Safeguarding Children and Adolescents Certificate
- Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Certificate
- Mental Capacity Act Training Certificate
- Equality and Diversity Training Certificate.
2010 - A registered member of the BACP, qualified counsellor
2010 - Dorset Action on Abuse (‘From Hurting 2 Healing’). I worked there for 7 years as a counsellor/supervisor working with adult survivors of childhood abuse
2012 - 'Acts Fast' the charity set up to help families affected by sexual abuse - Family and Young Person’s counsellor
2012 - SARC (The Sexual Assault Referral Centre) - crisis support worker, Bournemouth Police Station. I worked with the Safer Schools Team (SSCT) delivering presentations to secondary schools teaching the children how to keep safe
2013 - Mosaic the bereavement charity that works with children and families that have been affected by the loss of a parent, sibling, family member
2014 - School counsellor in an infant, junior and secondary school working with children aged from 4 to 18 years
2015 - Clinical Supervisor to Elsa/Pastoral staff at two Infant and Junior schools in Poole
2018 - The Priory Group (Clayhill School for children suffering with ASD and attachment disorders, Lyndhurst) - Child and Family Counsellor
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- I offer counselling to trainee counsellors - I offer clinical supervision to counsellors
Concessions offered for
£30 consultation session for 50-60 mins
£45 for a 60 min session for adults and young people (11+)
£50 for a 60 min session for couples
£55 for a 60 min session for families
(Concessions can be made for self-financing students and those that are struggling financially. This can be discussed at the initial assessment).
Mon to Fri - 8am - 8pm Sat - 8am - 1pm
I work with the person sat in front of me and everything that that person brings to the counselling room.
Whether it's working with adults, young people or families, the principle stays the same: it's all about you.