Few people are able to 'recharge their own batteries', lift themselves up by their own psychological bootstraps, and keep their own morals trimmed without outside assistance. (Eric Berne)
Feeling down and lacking energy? Not wanting to burden your family and friends or feeling they cannot help you? Have you been feeling low, lonely, anxious, low self-esteem? Or maybe you are dealing with a recent loss, problems in your relationships or at work? Then counselling may be of great value for you. Sharing helps you feeling less lonely. It may help to have someone independent to talk to and to share your worries and concerns.
Counselling can help finding new ways of thinking, behaving and feeling that leave you less drained and give you a sense of being more in control of your own life. You don’t need prior experience with counselling or therapy. Often the difficulties we bring to therapy are linked to our relationships with other people, eg. repeated patterns that are unhelpful. In therapy you can practice new ways of relating; testing out new behaviours to see if they suit you and give the results you hope for.
There's a wide variety of topics I have experience with (see below) and I work both individually and with couples. If you're not sure it is for you, maybe you want to get in touch for a phone chat to ask your questions and decide for yourself if you want to try it out.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been awarded a Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling from the Metanoia Institute.
I have worked for almost 25 years with people experiencing a range of emotional difficulties in a variety of roles and organisations. Through my training, experience and personal development I have come to understand the value and importance of a confidential space where you receive recognition and support with day to day struggles and longer term issues.
I have practised as a counsellor / psychotherapist since September 2008 and work with clients with all kind of issues that affect their day-to-day life and the way they cope. I have experience in working together on anxiety and panic attacks, bereavement and loss, couples counselling, depression, guilt, low self-esteem, stress at work, redundancy, relationship difficulties and divorce, surviving abuse, trauma and many other issues.
I also have experience in working with people diagnosed with schizophrenia and who hear voices or have sensory experiences that others do not.
In these times of social distancing, I also offer phone counselling.
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
- Living with someone diagnosed with a mental illness or personality disorder.
- Cross cultural & migration issues.
I have a BDSM and Paedophilia friendly practice.
£65 per individual session (50 minutes)
£97.50 for couples per session (75 minutes)
I offer sessions in either English or Dutch, in both of which I am fluent.
I am bound by and adhere to the Codes of Ethics provided by the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I use Signal for secure messaging communication via Smart phone.