I offer short-term and long-term one-to-one counselling for adults, couples and young people.
MY PHILOSOPHY OF COUNSELLING AND HOW I WORK:
I trained and practise as an Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. This means that I incorporate a number of theories into the way I work, all of which inform my practice and ultimately aim to support you through exploration of the issues which have brought you to counselling.
I believe that our problems are always about 'Relationship'- with ourselves and with others; be that partners, spouses, parents, friends or colleagues. From this perspective, I believe that healing ultimately occurs 'in relationship'. My way of being with you in the therapy room therefore is influenced by Rogers' Core Conditions of: empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard. I consider that positive outcomes in therapy are more likely to be achieved if you are valued and viewed optimistically by me. I aspire therefore to provide a safe, secure, non-judgemental space to support and invite you to explore the issue(s) that have brought you to seek therapy at this point in your life. I hold that people can change and grow and that everyone has worth and value. Having experienced counselling myself in the past, I know the importance of talking and feeling 'heard'. So whatever your issue may be: anxiety, depression, loneliness, perfectionism, abuse, bereavement or past trauma, I will respect your uniqueness and carry hope that together, we can begin to resolve those issues and help you move forward with your life.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Making your first appointment, although daunting, is your first step towards change. You can contact me by e-mail, text or a telephone call for a friendly, informal chat to arrange a suitable time for our first meeting.
Our first session will be an introductory one where we can introduce ourselves, find out about each other and try to determine what you might want and need from counselling. In that consultation, the process of how we might work together will be explained along with the importance of confidentiality and boundaries. You will also have the opportunity to ask any further questions that you may have.
I might ask you to tell me a little of your 'story' and what you believe has brought you to counselling at this point in your life. Finally, we would discuss if counselling is appropriate for you and if so, how we can make it work. If you decide that it is right for you, we would normally expect to meet weekly for one hour on the same day/time for as long as we both feel it useful. Of course we can negotiate the regularity of these sessions.
The need for privacy, confidentiality and a safe space is crucial- my practice operates from a quiet room at my home. I offer hourly sessions after the initial introductory session of 40 mins to establish that we would want to work together.
This is my highest priority. If however, I had serious concerns for your own or another's safety. I would endeavor to discuss this matter with you. I am a registered and accredited member of the UKCP and abide by the BACP's Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as an Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor at Matrix College of Psychotherapeutic Counselling (affiliated to Middlesex university) and am an Accredited Full Clinical Member of the UKCP.
Before retraining and taking up Counselling as a full-time profession, I spent 26 years as a Secondary School English Teacher and for a short time, as an Advisor for the English language Support Service within Children's Services in schools supporting young people with English as an Additional Language. Consequently, I bring a wealth of life experience to my Private practice and an understanding of the pressures of working in challenging and stressful environments.
I am currently a Youth Counsellor at The Mancroft Advice Project ( a charity which offers guidance, advice and counselling to young people aged 11-24 ).
I have also volunteered as a Counsellor for 5 years at NORCAS and The Norfolk Recovery Partnership, working with clients living with drug and alcohol addiction and 'Time Norfolk', a pregnancy loss charity, working with clients needing support through pregnancy, IVF, abortion or who have suffered a loss through miscarriage or stillbirth.
- BSc (Hons)- Integrative Counselling
- Advanced Diploma- Integrative Counselling
- Diploma- Integrative Counselling
- Certificate- Integrative Counselling
- Certificate- Couples Counselling
- Diploma in Supervision (180 hours of Training)
- BA (Hons)
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
My fees are as follows:
- £38 for a one hour 1:1 session
- £20 for initial/introductory consultation (30-40 minutes)
- £55 for a Couple's session of one hour and 15 minutes.
- £30 for a Couple's initial/introductory consultation (45 minutes)
- £45 for a one hour 1:1 Supervision session
- Discounts may be offered for Counsellors in Training or on Placement. ( Please ask)
Sessions can be cancelled and will not be charged if at least 24 hours notice is given. If less than 24 hours is given but it is an emergency, then no fee will be charged.
I am available for appointments on Wednesday evenings, Thursday daytime and evening and Fridays.
QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS:
I can be contacted without obligation for a confidential, informal chat by e-mail, text or telephone. I hold Professional indemnity Insurance and Public Liability Insurance. I have also been DBS checked.
I take my own continuing professional development very seriously and am always looking for courses to further enhance my practice and experience. My most recent training courses have included: Working with clients with Disordered Eating, Young people who Self-Harm, Sandtray Training, Phobia Training, Clients who Hoard, Working with Clients who have ADHD, LGBTQ+ Clients, Domestic Abuse and Teens Technology and Mental Health.