Please note that due to the current Covid-19, I am offering online or telephone sessions. In-person sessions are only taking place if these methods are unsuitable for the client.
Life is not always plain sailing. There may be events which have occurred or are anticipated to occur which leave us feeling like our very foundation has been shaken and we need some help to process it all. Or we may not even know why we are feeling the way we do. Sometimes things can feel unmentionable to family and friends or we need the skill and support of somebody who will understand and is equipped to help us. That's when counselling can be really valuable.
It is my aim to accompany you on your journey towards restoring hope, healing and wholeness. I offer a holistic approach, which explores your physical self, your emotions and thought life, the choices and actions that you make and your spiritual area of being (if wanted), with the view that if one area is experiencing difficulty, it can affect all the other areas of you too.
As we can become wounded through the context of relationships, we can also find healing through the context of relationship. I seek to offer a safe, compassionate and non-judgemental service. It is my hope that you will feel unconditionally accepted and valued, regardless of what you have done, what others have done or told you, what beliefs you hold or how you view yourself. This applies no matter what gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin or religion you hold.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling and have thirteen years experience of counselling teenagers and adults. This has been in private practice. I also have eight years experience of counselling children through a play therapy approach. Two of these years was working with the charity Place2Be, the following two years in private practice, based in a primary school in Tunbridge Wells and I currently see children as well as adults and teens at my charity's premises in Tunbridge Wells High Street.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, hold a Certificate of Proficiency with them and am listed on their Accredited Voluntary Register. I am also an accredited member of the Association of Christian Counsellors and of the National Counselling Society. As part of my Continuous Professional Development, I have attended courses with a variety of organisations including Deep Release and am currently training in EMDR therapy.
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
I charge £40 per session.
As everybody is different and the reasons for coming to counselling are all different too, the amount of time that somebody spends in counselling is also different. By nature I tend to view all counselling as medium to long term therapy but that by no means excludes those who are able to benefit from shorter term therapy if there is a limited time scale in play. Sessions normally take place at the same time each week; lasting for one hour.
As I work for a charity, we do have a bursary fund available. So if £40 is genuinely too much to be able to afford to pay, please discuss when making contact.
Please get in touch via email or phone if you would like to have an initial, non obligatory assessment session with me. Here you will be able to ask me any questions and find out more about the way that I work, helping you decide whether you wish to proceed with counselling. In turn, I will ask you some questions, which will include why you are seeking counselling and what your goals for counselling would be. This background information helps me to ensure that I will be the best person to work with you. I charge £25 for this.
Concessions offered for
As no two people are the same and what approach may suit one person may not necessarily suit another, I work integratively which means that I incorporate several different ways of working, including Gestalt Therapy, Psychodynamic Theory, Attachment Theory, Inner Child Work, Creative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Spiritual Formation, should you wish for that. This occurs through a collaborative process, which means that you make your own goals for what you seek to get out of counselling and this is reviewed periodically. Any method of working which I think may be of help to facilitate your journey is always offered and explained to you and is not compulsory to partake in.