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I am an experienced Person-Centred counsellor. I offer a friendly and confidential service online or in person at Enfield. I also offer walk and talk therapy sessions in the Barnet area.
I have a wide experience, particularly with survivors of abuse, with those suffering from bereavement or with strains within families (inter-generational or between adult siblings). I work with people who are looking to build their confidence, gain a new perspective on life and increase their self respect.
If you are interested, please read the rest of my profile and get in touch to see whether you think I might be able to help you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma of Higher Education in Person-Centred Counselling 2013
- Certificate in Person-Centred Art Therapy Skills 2014
- Diploma in Person-Centred Art Therapy Skills 2020
- General Certificate in Online Therapy 2021
- in addition, I have worked in the NHS and then as a teacher before training as a counsellor.
I began my training in 2009 after working in the NHS and as a teacher. I worked in three counselling organisations and gained experience in bereavement counselling, working with low income clients and with survivors of sexual abuse. I now specialise in supporting survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence. A house move to a new area prompted a re-think and I chose to widen my experience so that now, alongside private work, I work for a cancer support charity and a small LGBT organisation. I have 10 years experience of counselling individuals.
My approach is Person-Centred. This means that we talk together to discover how I may support you. We work with what matters to you and not what others judge important. In this way we can work out what it is about your current situation that you are not happy with and would wish to change if you could. Problems often appear when there are areas of disagreement in people's lives which seem impossible to settle and this can create deep feelings of depression and anxiety. We will focus on your priorities.
My clients often say that they do not know where to start and feel disheartened because they cannot see a way out of their predicament, but feel they need to do something because being so stuck makes them feel miserable.
I offer work with physical materials such as pebbles, cards, collage, simple drawing and colours. This is not done in an artistic way, it is just another way for you to represent something which has come up in our conversation. This is my specialism. It may sound a bit 'left-field' but everyone who tries it finds it helps them learn more about themselves quickly, gently but at surprising depth. Often it is knowledge that is already known to them but may not be fully understood. The aim is that you will learn more about yourself and how your past experiences may have led to how you are feeling. This understanding of 'who I am' can be quite releasing, a kind of 'that was then but this is now' moment as it is likely to promote a more positive way of thinking on your part with less dependence upon the opinions of others.
Counselling can help you to come to terms with painful experiences in your life, including loss. It can allow you to consider how to do more of what you really want to do in life and rather less than may be purely duty driven. You can explore ways to improve your relationships and get a clearer sense of what you would like to do in the future.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £40.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
My fee for a 50 minute session can be decided upon in the first session.
Sessions are usually weekly at the same time and day but I can be flexible to accommodate shift patterns and fortnightly sessions to reduce costs.
Payments need to be made by bank transfer.
I am available weekdays, daytime and evening, and have some sunday sessions.
‘Autumn begins’ said my diary recently, and brought up in me a mixture of thoughts and feelings. I wonder if it is the same for you and perhaps it’s part of the reason you are wondering about counselling at this time. October sees the change in daylight hours, starts the run up to Christmas and is the herald of winter, which can be a difficult time of year for anniversaries and also brings long spells of short days and long dark nights, which can be hard to bear. I hope you find the support you are looking for.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and abide by their code of ethics.
I am also a Practitioner Member of the Association for Person-Centred Creative Arts https://www.apcca.org.uk ) and can offer this style of work via Zoom as well as in face to face sessions.
I have regular supervision in order to improve my practice and to discuss any potential breaches of confidentiality
I have professional indemnity insurance and hold a current DBS certificate.
I am on the Information Commissioner's Office register, which relates to data protection.