Due to the present situation, unfortunately all sessions will take place by telephone or video call
Sometimes we encounter difficulties in our lives that are hard to face on our own, it can be helpful to have someone outside of our usual circle of friends and family to talk to.
You may be finding relationships difficult, either with partners or family members, friends or work colleagues, when relationships go wrong the impact on us can feel very distressing.
You may have experienced a loss, this can include a bereavement of someone close, or a pet perhaps, loss can also be a result of losing a job, a home or your health.
You may have experienced an event that was traumatic and overwhelming. The symptoms of trauma can leave us feeling very anxious, agitated, hypervigilant or even detached. This can undermine our sense of safety and wellbeing. Sadly, traumatic experiences can sometimes occur during childhood and if this is your experience it may be having an impact on your life now.
Counselling can be a source of comfort and help us through the difficult times, as we recover from these events we can feel more confident and resourced. Having someone there who understands, listens and does not judge is very powerful and can result in change.
My aim is to provide you with a confidential, empathic support and a space for you to express your concerns, thoughts and feelings and where you can feel safe, listened to and accepted as you work towards a place of recovery and freedom in your life.
I have worked as a counsellor since 2005. During this time I have helped clients work through many issues, these include loss, depression and anxiety, disruptive early life attachment, PTSD, relationship difficulties, enduring behavioural patterns and wrong beliefs. I also have experience in working with mental, emotional and physical abuse resulting from childhood experience, and abuse as a result of domestic violence in adulthood. Clients with severe trauma will need longer term work, which I am also committed to.
A warm welcome
The initial appointment will enable us to get to know each other and you can tell me about the issues that are affecting you. It will provide an opportunity for you to ask questions and explore if counselling is the support you need.
Training, qualifications & experience
As an Integrative Counsellor I would draw on insights gained from:-
- Person Centred Counselling
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Creative Therapy
Training and Qualifications:
I have completed the following qualifications and I am committed to ongoing training:
· Certificate in Integrative Counselling
· Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
I complete a minimum of 30 hours per year continuing my professional development, some of the courses that I have completed are as follows:
· Working with Attachment Trauma and Dissociation
· Working with Disrupted Attachment
· Impact of Child Sexual Abuse on Adult Survivors
· Understanding Character Strategies
· Internal Family Systems
· Anger Treatment
· Facing conflicts with our Sexuality
I am registered with the following bodies:
· Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
· UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist
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
I offer the initial session at a reduced rate of £30.00, this appointment will provide an opportunity for us to get to know each other and will enable you to give me an outline of the issues you would like to talk about, as well as to ask any questions.
Each counselling session following this will be £40.00 for each 50 minute session.
Please call to arrange an initial session. If I am unable to take your call, please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible.
Alternatively you are welcome to email, if this is easier for you please give a brief outline of the issues that are causing difficulties for you and the times that you would be available to come for counselling.
During this time I am currently available Monday to Friday through telephone, Whatsapp video, Skype or Zoom.
There is parking in Prospect Place, Old Town, within 3 minutes walk of Bath Road. The Centre is also on main bus routes.