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As the Government introduces ‘Freedom Day’ on Monday 19th July. I want to reassure you I will be continuing putting COVID restrictions in place including ‘Hands Face Space and Fresh air in’
To keep you and others safe I will continue to follow the science and health rather than Government guidelines.
Video and telephone sessions are still available. If you are interested in this please contact me and I will offer a free 15 minute no obligation telephone assessment.
Are there times when you feel lost, frustrated, confused or stressed in your life? Do you feel that no one is truly listening to you? Do you have relationship or marriage difficulties? If so, I can help you identify where you want to be, what needs to change and how best to get there. I can work with you as an individual or a couple.
Counselling can empower and enable you to find your potential and to overcome whatever obstacles are holding you back or making you feel stuck.
I am a Humanistic counsellor, mainly using the Person Centred approach, which in lay terms means that I am led by you. I use a variety of techniques, to work with your experiences to enable you and I to work together to find which is the most appropriate method for you. After all, what may work for one person may not work with another. We are all different. I will help you explore and regain your own strengths, which we lose in times of anxiety or depression. Therapy does not always have to be serious, we can have fun on the way. As they say - laughter is the best medicine!
For sixteen years I worked in the voluntary sector, supporting people who had been raped, sexually abused (as an adult or a child), in domestic abusive relationships or those who had been bereaved through murder or manslaughter.
Currenty, in addition to my private work, I work for the NHS Talking Therapies / IAPT (Improved Access to Psychological Therapies) service where I counsel clients with an array of issues including depression, anxiety, bereavement, work stresses or even helping with managing and accepting long term conditions or illnesses. I also see children and Young people aged from 5-18.
People have amazing strengths. They can come through and deal with the most difficult of situations. Together we can find your strengths.
I am a fully insured BACP Accredited Counsellor / Psychotherapist and an Accredited IPT (Interpersonal Therapy) Practioner. My qualifications include an Advanced Diploma in Counselling; Certificate in Youth Counselling and BACP Modality, Counselling for Depression. I hold an Enchanced DBS certificate and am registered with ICO (Information Commisioners Office / Data Protection). I have completed (and continue to attend) various training events which have enhanced, expanded my knowledge and continued my Professional Development and experience (see my website for full details)
Training, qualifications & experience
These are a few of the courses /qualifications that I have passed:
- Advanced Diploma in Counselling
- IPT-UK Interpersonal Therapy
- BACP IAPT ModalityCounselling for Depression (CfD)
- Certificate in working with Young People
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Humanistic Theory
- Foundation in Solution Focussed Therapy
- Brief Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Introduction in Transactional Analysis
- Disassociative Identity Disorder
- Supporting Young Victims of Crime
- Art Therapy
- Introduction to Play Therapy
- Support for Self Harm
- Therapy Prior to Court Cases
- Male Sexual Violence
- Supporting People Bereaved by Homicide
- Developing Communication with & Between Couples
- Trauma and the Body: Somatisation and Dissociation
- Trauma, Dissociation & Recovery
- Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment
- Attachment Theory from the Inside
- Introduction to EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
- Eating Disorder Awareness
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.
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
I also specialise in Rape / Sexual Violence and Childhood Sexual Abuse. Did you know 1 in 4 children have been sexually abused by the time they reach 18 years of age and 1 in 6 before they reach the age of 16. Childhood sexual abuse happens and it is never the fault of the child.
People who have suffered trauma can often have complex needs they may suffer from dissociation or Dissociative Identity Disorder. I have experience in dealing with and more importantly understand these complexities.
If you have been affected by Sexual Abuse, Rape or Trauma and would like to talk to a professional in confidence who will understand and not judge, please call me.
£40 per session (50-60 minutes)
£55 per session (50-60 minutes)
I work occasional Saturday mornings which are charged at £45 individual and £60 couples, per session.
If you are not sure whether you need counselling, why not give me a call and we can have an informal chat and discuss what is best for you. No obligation.
I look forward to hearing from you.